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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Taqiyya Interfaith Practioner caught claiming "Islam means Shalom"

Actual Islamic Tolerance toon

I first ran into Paul Sutliff in September 2014 when he exposed Dr. Muhammad Shafiq as a Muslim pretending to be a promoter of interfaith Moderate Islam. I cross posted and included a little digging in two posts:



The first post cleared up some identity difficulty I was having with two different Shafiqs. The second post was centered on Dr. Muhammad Shafiq the very person Paul Sutliff was exposing as a public manipulator of we the considered kafir.

Below is another cross post from Paul Sutliff exposing yet another manipulation moment pertaining to Dr. Shafiq at yet another public forum this time promoting another interfaith deception in the guise of a book he had written. Paul Sutliff doesn’t share the title of the book which is not surprising since it is obvious that Dr. Shafiq distorts and warps history and interpretation to favor the antichrist book that Muslims call the Quran. As a point of reference here is the title of a Dr. Shafiq released in paperback in May 2014: “Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to A Common Word between Us and You (Sacred Texts and Human Contexts) (Volume 1)”.

Accompanying Dr. Shafiq at the public forum was his co-editor Dr. Nathan Kollar.

Nathan Kollar & Mohammad Shafiq - facebook Nazareth College

Dr. Nathan Kollar & Dr. Muhammad Shafiq

JRH 4/24/15
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Taqiyya Interfaith Practioner caught claiming "Islam means Shalom"
 Dr. Muhammad Shafiq

April 24, 2015 3:23 PM

On April 22, 2015 Dr. Muhammad Shafiq held a meeting to discuss his latest book and was accompanied by co-editor Dr. Nathan Kollar.

The evening started surprisingly slow and revealed that both Dr. Kollar and Dr. Shafiq were unprepared for the event. Neither brought one thing to share with the audience besides themselves. There was a projector for a professional presentation available as well as an ELMO for sharing hard copy information. As an author I was embarrassed for them as this was a highly unprofessional presentation, I have done numerous book talks and not once did I come soInterfaith unprepared!

Dr. Kollar stated at the beginning of this meeting that he and Dr. Shafiq had been working on the Hickey Interfaith Center for 15 years at Nazareth College of Rochester.

They talked about the importance of interfaith dialogue and asked why we came to listen to them. I openly stated my name and that I am an author, and was concerned that this was a platform for Civilization Jihad and that I wanted to hear him address the section in his book that claims Jesus led a jihad.

When the[y] began to talk about the scriptures of each religion, Dr. Kollar spoke of the Tanakh (the law, the Dr. Nathan Kollarprophets and the writings), what Christians refer to as the Old Testament and when he spoke of the Bible he stated they were written by men. When he referred to the Koran he stated it was given by God. Our local media representative, Shannon Joy of WYSL stopped him and said Christians and Jews believe their scriptures come from God not man. Dr. Kollar apologized stating he did not mean to say otherwise.

It was then that I also contributed, but the Koran as Dr. Shafiq states, was given not by God, but by an angel. I pointed out that these two entities are not the same. Christians and Jews believe their scriptures are inspired by God and were not given by angels. However Islam has quite the different story. This was quickly brushed off as semantics. Dr. Kollar served as an apologist for Islam stating that this is pretty much the same thing.

The other Christian present also pointed out that Dr. Shafiq could not have this discussion in his own home country and likely would be killed for daring to have it, this Christian stated that Islam needs to deal with the violent actions of those who are Muslim in Muslim countries to have a serious discussion in interfaith when including Islam.

Dr. Kollar led the discussion to talking about the importance of dialogue and honesty in the dialogue. That was when I had to speak up. That is what the letter below is all about. Please read this and write to Dr. Daan Braveman
[Nazareth College Bio] about your concerns regarding this matter.

Dear President Braaveman [sic] and Board of Trustees:

Last night Dr. Muhammad Shafiq presented at the Brighton Public Library on his latest book with Dr. Nathan Kollar, professor emeritus of St. John Fischer College. I went with interest since my last encounter with Dr. Shafiq proved rather revealing.

Dr. Nathan Kollar talked about the importance of honesty in interfaith relations. I shared that this is an important point “since in my last encounter with Dr. Shafiq, I asked what Islam means and he replied peace.” I continued, “I told Dr. Shafiq to stop lying and tell people what it means in Arabic” and explained that Dr. Shafiq paused and said “Submission.” I stated that I have grave concerns when someone who is supposed to be teaching kids (college age) is lying to people about the religion he is supposed to be teaching. Dr. Shafiq replied in front of 20 people, “Islam means the same thing as shalom.” I am no fool. I have a BA in Religion and Philosophy with extensive training in Hebrew. I also have at my disposal an expert in Arabic who will also communicate that Dr. Shafiq’s HIGHLY OFFENSIVE equation of submission and shalom is nothing other than a purposeful lie!

Due to the blatant lie of Dr. Muhammad Shafiq of Nazareth College of Rochester to the public, I have great concerns about what he is teaching to anyone who is not a Muslim. I understand that lying to non-Muslims about what they believe is part of their faith, they have a doctrine called taqiyyah. BUT, when a person who is paid to run an inter-faith center and teaches young impressionable minds at a college is caught lying about the very topic he was hired to teach I am concerned.

Can Nazareth College of Rochester knowingly continue a relationship with a man who openly lies to non-Muslims in public forums about what Islam teaches? As a NAZ graduate myself, I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS THAT A PERSON PRACTICING TAQIYYA IS AFFILIATED WITH NAZARETH!

You should know a member of the Press was there last night and this is likely to be a discussion on her radio show, especially after both the presenters talked about the importance of honesty in interfaith discussions!

Sincerely,

Paul Sutliff
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About Paul Sutliff

 Paul is the author of Stealth Jihad Phase 2: Infiltrate American Colleges. Paul has been on WYSL and the Radio Jihad Network an educational informational network of shows on Blog Talk Radio. Paul's research has been appreciated by P. David Gaubatz, author of Muslim Mafia and Ryan Mauro, of the Clarion Project. But Paul does more than write, he travels and speaks to groups about his concerns. (From the Brenner Brief of which Sutliff is a contributor)

Purchase “Stealth Jihad Phase 2: Infiltrating American Colleges” at Amazon. Published in paperback August 5, 2013 – Amazon description:

Is the Muslim Brotherhood alive and well on your college campus? Why should I care if they are? Isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood just a bunch of Muslims getting together to worship Allah? Just Who are the Muslim Brotherhood groups on college campuses? What do I do they are here? This book was written to answer these questions so you can take action. You are responsible for what you know!

And here is an interesting bio blurb that indicates Paul Sutliff holds a Master in Education from whence Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is a professor – Nazareth College:

Paul Sutliff has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College and an Masters in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. He is active in his local 912 group, “We Surround Rochester,” which he states awakened him to the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence at Nazareth. Paul also runs the Independent Chronicle, a small news source available on the web and in a hand out format. He considers himself an average American who is just waking up to what is happening around him. Paul wrote Stealth Jihad Phase 2, because his father once told him you are responsible for what you know. The question he asks is what will you do with what you learn from this book?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bad News About My Health

Skull-Cross Bones & Allah Virus

I consider Justin Smith a friend. When I first read this it was quickly and I actually began reading at “I am sorry …” Never hearing of a disease called PIST-AWF that was fairly new I was a bit concerned. Then I came to the explanation of exactly what PIST-AWF is. Well, you need to read the rest …

JRH 4/24/15
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Bad News About My Health

Attributed to: Pat Arnold
Facebook date: 4/23/15

Pat Arnold's Keen Wit ... LOL ___

I am sorry that I have not been very responsive lately to some of your emails.

I have been somewhat under the weather since my Doctors informed me that I have an acute case of PIST-AWF.

For those of you who do not know what PIST-AWF is; PIST-AWF is a Newly
Defined Disease that is Found to be Widespread and Highly Contagious.

January, 2015 - Doctors at the CDC have released a statement this month
disclosing a new disease that has already infected over half of the United States and is anticipated to continue to spread. The disease itself affects the cells of a person’s entire body then goes dormant. The disease ravages the body and leaves serious side effects. These side effects have been deemed "Post Islamic Stress Trauma with Apologetic War Fatigue" (PIST-AWF).

Symptoms include:

* Severe pain of the scalp from pulling your own hair while viewing our President pander to Muslim terrorists
*Uncontrollable heartburn at 8:00 PM during the O’Reilly factor.
*Loose bowels from swallowing the fact we elected Obama twice.
*Extreme hunger due to vomiting from nightly seeing Muslims murdering innocent people.
*Bleeding from the eyes. This is not Ebola. It is your eyes reacting to accidentally flipping to a channel that shows Al Sharpton as a legitimate news show host.
*Since the disease consumes the entire body, every infected person is then identified as the disease itself. The official designation for "Post Islamic Stress Trauma with Apologetic War Fatigue" is PIST-AWF.


If you feel you are PIST-AWF, please notify your local election board and place your name on the list for a cure. It is expected the cure will be available sometime between November of 2016 and January 2017.

Yes, I am PIST-AWF.
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Edited by John R. Houk
Bold text by the Editor


Who do you Feed?

Jesus - the Word - is Bread of Life

John R. Houk
© April 24, 2015

My lovely wife shared a jpg that has an amazing Cherokee parable of wisdom on it. BUT before that parable I want to share the train of thought the parable brought to mind.

So let me start with the first man Adam. Without going into all the relevant data on how Adam sold out his allegiance and devotion to the Creator of all that exists allow me to begin with the fact that Adam rejected the Command of God not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As soon as Adam participated in that consuming fruit from that tree he transferred the authority given to him by the Creator to the Father of Lies – Satan - who had disguised himself as an enticing serpent. Once that authority was transferred to Satan then Adam died just as God told him he would. Death in this sense was eternal separation from God Almighty’s constant Presence and taking the nature of the Satan – Liar, Covetous, Murder, Selfishness, and Wicked Desires and so on. This is known as the Fallen Nature that Adam has bequeathed in spiritual DNA to all his descendants.

Thank God provided a Promise that bondage to a sin nature would not remain forever:

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
(Bold Text Mine - Genesis 3: 14-15
NKJV
)

In God’s curse to Satan for instigating Adam’s Fall is a Promise that a child born of a woman will grow up and stomp on Satan’s head. Christians know this Promise is of a Savior to restore humanity to the Presence of God ending the eternal-death separation.

Fast forwarding to the Savior Jesus Christ the son of Mary in the flesh and the Son of God in Divinity. Jesus paid the debt for Adam’s betrayal with his sinless life. God the Father raised His Son to life after three days in a tomb in a new glorified nature which transform all humanity who simply trust in the Resurrection and live the Righteous life taught by Jesus during three years of pre-Resurrection Ministry of telling humanity the kingdom of God is near.

Although finding Jesus oft leads to a release of ecstatic joy realizing the Presence of God is a mere belief away, one finds out soon enough that the only thing Redeemed is one’s human nature. A Believers’ inner man or inner woman becomes a New Creation in Christ Jesus. Christ has not yet Redeemed the earth and physical existence. For humanity that physical nature is the Old Man (or Woman) that the New Man can dominate through faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is only one way for the New Man to dominate and essentially eliminate the Old Man. That is to feed the New Man on the Presence of God in Spirit and Truth. Truth is the Word of God which is Jesus Christ the Risen Savior to those who believe.

1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1: 1-5, 14 NKJV)

21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4: 21-24 NKJV)

The point I am working up two Redeemed humanity contends with two inner natures. One is bad and one is good. The Word of God says the Redeemed inner New Man overcomes and does away with the Old Man. BUT that is not an automatic. The automatic is only realized at Christ’s Second Coming. Until then Righteousness triumphs over unrighteousness by practicing Righteousness. The Cherokee Wolf Parable is a good clue for Christians to live Righteousness.

JRH 4/24/15
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Cherokee Wolf Parable - Christian Perspective
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13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7: 13-25 NKJV)

Feed Righteousness and you will be Righteous

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6: 15-23 NKJV)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Honoring E. Randol Schoenberg


 
Published by MOVIECLIPS Trailers
Published on Dec 23, 2014
 
 
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.
 
 
The movie is about the legal miracle of Maria Altman and her lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg won the return of the portrait of her Aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer painted by the renowned artist Gustav Klimt completed in 1907 and stolen by the Nazis circa 1938 after Austria was annexed by Hitler’s Germany forcing owner Jewish millionaire to flee Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer.
 
Ari Bussel’s largely photo essay about a night of honoring the lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg against all odds winning the Lady in Gold back to the rightful owner and descendant Maria Altman.
 
E. Randol Schoenberg at the premiere of the Lady in Gold (from MovieWeb.com)

 
JRH 4/23/15
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Honoring E. Randol Schoenberg
By Ari Bussel
Sent: 4/22/2015 8:57 PM
 
The very fact that the event was over-subscribed beyond the imagination (about ten times the normal attendance) was explained not by the screening of the BBC documentary about the late Maria Altmann and her family's looted paintings, rather than by "Randy-of-the-Klimt-paintings" being there.  So much so, that the place was a life safety hazard, and had anything happened, the hand would have been pointed squarely at Cedars Sinai for allowing it to take place at all.
 
Randy of Woman in Gold
 
Schoenberg has become "Our Randy."  We know his every feeling, manner of behavior and willingness to risk all that is dear to him while pursuing the cause.  But it is the "Randy" of "Woman in Gold:"
 Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds as Maria Altman and Randol Schoenberg
 
 Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds as Pam and Randol Schoenberg
Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds as Pam and Randol Schoenberg
 
 Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Brühl (Hubertus Czernin)
Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Brühl (Hubertus Czernin)
 
 Woman in Gold movie poster
Woman in Gold Poster
 
[Pictures by The Wienstein Companyhttp://twcpublicity.com/movie.php?id=200#photos]
 
Gary Ratner - Georgette Gelbard
 
Some years ago, my friend Gary Ratner (today a top executive at Stand With Us, an Israel advocacy group headquartered in Los Angeles) hosted a special evening honoring E. Randol Schoenberg for bringing the case.
 
Gary then headed the local American Jewish Congress (a non-profit since defunct).  The program at the Four Seasons at (not in) Beverly Hills was well attended, but nothing similar to today's.  Then it took very hard work to get people to show up.  Now, they stood in a very long line, waiting patiently one after the other for the anticipated event.  (Neither "standing patiently" nor "standing in line" is something many Israelis and Jews standing there actually understand).  Again, unusual in so many respects.
 
All roads lead to one place:  The Power of Movies.  The immense power of movies.
 
For their own connection with funding, distributing and promoting movies, I recently dedicated my weekly column to the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of the Tolerance.  Even if they did nothing else, it is this element that has by far the greatest reach and effect.
 
I asked Gary Ratner about his AJC event all these years ago.  Why?  Because I vaguely remembered Mr. Schoenberg and Mrs. Altmann at the end, with a few of the organizers, going to have their pictures taken.  The event itself did not otherwise leave an imprint in my mind.  Another event by the same organization, same organizer and at the same location is remembered much more vividly:  honoring R. James Woolsey, Jr., the former head of CIA (1993-1995).
 
Another good friend, Georgette Gelbard, headed the event alongside Ratner, and knows to tell that it was one of the most meaningful events she has ever organized.  It turns out that it was the first time Mr. Woolsey was invited and recognized by a Jewish organization.
 
All roads lead to Rome, but both the Roman Empire and the Vatican have lost their standing.  Contrary to them, we, the Jewish People, have persisted and survived, and we are still today a Light Unto the Nations.  [Please be warned thought, that when Isaiah talks about a Light Unto the Nations, say in 49:6, the context is most disturbing - see for instance verse 17.]
 
ו  וַיֹּאמֶר, נָקֵל מִהְיוֹתְךָ לִי עֶבֶד, לְהָקִים אֶת-שִׁבְטֵי יַעֲקֹב, ונצירי (וּנְצוּרֵי) יִשְׂרָאֵל לְהָשִׁיב; וּנְתַתִּיךָ לְאוֹר גּוֹיִם, לִהְיוֹת יְשׁוּעָתִי עַד-קְצֵה הָאָרֶץ.  {ס}
6 Yea, He saith: 'It is too light a thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the offspring of Israel; I will also give thee for a light of the nations, that My salvation may be unto the end of the earth.' {S}
יז  מִהֲרוּ, בָּנָיִךְ; מְהָרְסַיִךְ וּמַחֲרִיבַיִךְ, מִמֵּךְ יֵצֵאוּ.
17 Thy children make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth from thee.
 
Gary Ratner replied he honored Mr. Schoenberg for bringing the case.
 
I wanted to honor him because of the guts (for lack of better term) of doing this when he was told there was no hope of ever winning.  Schoenberg did it because it was "just the right thing to do and for justice to be served."
 
The years have passed.  Mr. Schoenberg won the case.  Mrs. Altmann passed away four years ago.  There is a movie that follows a very well-written script, based mostly on the actual events but incorporating elements that may hold true (but not exactly in the way or sequence as in the movie) and omit other stories that are equally as intriguing (although did not lead to proceeds of almost $330m for five paintings, to be split among five family members).
 
There are several documentaries and books, and likely at least one or more in the future ("Randy" himself did not write a book, and from the presentation he gave, it is clear he knows how to captivate a very demanding audience).
 
Charuzi - "Esphir"
 
Something unique happened in that evening at Cedars.  Dr. Yzhar Charuzi and Esther Blau created a most memorable event.  Dr. Charuzi has dedicated his life to doing good for Israel.  For over a quarter of a century he brought Israeli doctors to Cedars for a two year stay.  In Israel today there exists a full contingency of "Save A Heart" doctors, Dr. Charuzi's doctors.
 
Standing by Yzhar's side, Esther (Esphir) has continues to promote the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association and Medical Staff with regular events and programs.  This was only one in a long sequence.
 
A day earlier, Mr. Schoenberg spoke at "the event at the [Pan Pacific] Park."  Mayor Garcetti, Consul General Siegel and many other dignitaries were there.  But unlike at Cedars, there were no lines there.  In fact, there were rows and rows of empty seats.
 
The empty seats, the life going on around the event and completely ignoring it and the tiny number of Holocaust survivors who are still with us struck me.  When the survivors were asked to stand, there were so few of them, that Israel's Consul General could have just walked to each one, shake her or his hand, and still be back at his seat before they all sat down.
 
Remembering and "Never Again"
 
After my parents’ generation, only we be left - the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.
 
After us, there will only be books, movies, curricula taught here and there and a few museums.  But more than anything, there will be the findings of a scientific conference convened by a sovereign country at the beginning of the 21st Century that proved, beyond any doubt, that the Holocaust has never happened.  It simply did not take place.  [A few years after that Scientific Conference, a competition among 56 countries was held for the best caricature about the Holocaust-that-never-happened.]
 
Another point will be remembered, some decades from now, for it is repeated time and again - at the halls of the United Nations and in every possible venue:  Israel came into being only because the world was raped to allow the Jews to steal a land not theirs.  The world was made to feel so bad by the invention of the Holocaust that it had to sacrifice the so-called "Palestinians" on the altar and give away "their" land.
 
The Holocaust that did not happen (logic and rationality do not have to enter into the picture) was just another scheme by the Zionists.  (Another was the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by them - the Mossad - to blame the innocent Muslims.)
 
We already hear today the calls for us - Israelis - to return to our home countries - Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, ....  After the Charlie Hebdo massacres in France, at a Muslim outreach program in Irvine, I was told quite specifically to go back to Poland, for "the Jews from Poland, like Menachem Begin, were the worst!"
 
As my friend, Dr. Daryl Temkin, often reminds:  A lie told often enough, with such strength and conviction, becomes truth, no matter how removed it from reality.
 
Israel Forever
 
And so, as we gathered to hear the lawyer of the Klimt paintings, as we look at the pictures below and possibly think of our children and their children and the legacy that we are to leave, let us remember this:
 
 
THE HOPE 
 
As long as deep within the heart
A Jewish soul stirs,
And forward, to the ends of the East
An eye looks out, towards Zion.

Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free people in our land
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
 
[Israel's National Anthem, English from:  http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?song=hatikva]
 
 
Photo- As long as deep in the heart
 
For millennia we craved a return to our homeland, to the Land of Israel.  For the past sixty seven years we have a modern country in our ancient homeland.  We must do all we can to protect it.  We must stand and fight, against all odds.  This seems to be our destiny.  As in the past, so in the future.
 
Faith and Action
 
We must fight for what is right.  Not only in word but in deed.  We must not let go, we must not give up.  The fight is never easy.  There are very few moments that encourage us and even fewer people who will stand by us at the time of need.  But that is exactly what makes what one does meaningful.
 
When Pastor Andre Trocme (http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/trocme.asp) of the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, was asked toward the end of his life why did he do what he did, saving thousands of Jews at a great risk to his congregants and himself, he looked straight at the camera and did not understand the question.  He did the obvious, and he would do it again.
 
Pastor Trocme lived the way he preached.  For him "Faith" and "Action" were one.
 
He was a Righteous Among the Nations, what we call in Hebrew Yechidei-Sgula - the few of the few, of a very special character.
 
And now, join me please to pix from the event:
 
Cedar Sinai
 L-to-R-  Dr. Charuzi, Esther Blau, E. Randol Schoenberg
L-to-R:  Dr. Charuzi, Esther Blau, E. Randol Schoenberg
 
 
Dr. Charuzi, Esther Blau, E. Randol Schoenberg & Susanne Reyto
Also in the picture:  Susanne Reyto, activist, speaker and author
 
 Esther Blau at Speaker’s Podium
Esther Blau at Speaker’s Podium
 
 Maria Altmann
Maria Altmann
 
 E. Randol Schoenberg at Speaker’s Podium
E. Randol Schoenberg at Speaker’s Podium
 
 Dalia Ulmer, a most gifted writer [in audience]
Dalia Ulmer, a most gifted writer [in audience]
 
Epilogue
 
My father, Dr. Bussel, who along with my uncle, Capt. Hillel Yarkoni, escaped the Warsaw Ghetto before the uprising, are fighting for decades in the Polish courts to reclaim the family property.  The case went all the way to the Polish Supreme Court and back, and there is no end in sight.  The Poles do not want a resolution, lest the flood-gates be opened.
 
The modus operandi seems to be:  It is easier to fight, until the survivors are gone.  Eventually they will give up (or they will die and their descendants will give up).
 
And for that, the Bible teaches us a phrase:  Haratzachta ve gam Yarashta (to murder and to inherit)
 
Kings 1:21:19
 
יט  וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֵלָיו לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הֲרָצַחְתָּ, וְגַם-יָרָשְׁתָּ; וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֵלָיו לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, בִּמְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר לָקְקוּ הַכְּלָבִים אֶת-דַּם נָבוֹת, יָלֹקּוּ הַכְּלָבִים אֶת-דָּמְךָ גַּם-אָתָּה.
19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying: Thus saith the LORD: Hast thou killed, and also taken possessions? and thou shalt speak unto him, saying: Thus saith the LORD: In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.'
E. Randol Schoenberg (L) & Dr. Joseph Bussel (R)
E. Randol Schoenberg (L) & Dr. Joseph Bussel (R)
 
 
E. Randol Schoenberg (L), Dr. Charuzi (C) & Dr. Joseph Bussel (R)
E. Randol Schoenberg, once a lawyer, now a major philanthropist-activist (L), Dr. Charuzi (C) & Dr. Joseph Bussel (R)
 
 
Thank you Esther and Yzhar.  Thank you Gary and Georgette.  Thank you, Randy Schoenberg and Maria Altmann Z"L.  And most of all, it is my grandparents and parents’ generation - survivors who rose from the ashes of the Holocaust - for whom Israel was everything.
 
It is the love of Israel that they instilled in me that drives me forward, to do, act, and then do even more.
 
On this Eve of Yom Ha-atzmauet, Israel's Independence Day, Happy Birthday Israel!
 
Always,
 
Ari Bussel
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Edited by John R. Houk
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