Nuclear Families

For the first two centuries of America's existence, we were a nation of big, sprawling, extended families, said David Brooks, in[1] People were embedded in a "supporting web of aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and grandparents who shared burdens and could step in and care for a child when a mom or dad was not available. Such multigenerational, extended families helped parents, socialized young men, and grounded seniors, giving people's lives meaning. but over the 20th century, as farming waned and people chased the American dream to cities, they began living far from kin in nuclear families - a married mom and dad and their children. That worked for a time, but as our society has embraced self-fulfillment, autonomy, and privacy as ideals, the nuclear family has turned into "a catastrophe." Kids are growing up in fragile family units that often crumble into single-parent homes. Working parents must pay people to perform child-rearing tasks that once were handled by kin. Seniors, meanwhile, often spend their final years alone. "It's time to find better ways to live together."

     The extended multi-generational families of the past crumbled and gave way to the nuclear family. Today, the nuclear family in the USA is crumbling. In 1960, 77.5% of children lived in nuclear families. Today, that figure has fallen to 48%. The government has often replaced the father, in an attempt to keep the mother from sliding into poverty. The man of the family often refuses to be financially responsible, or to be a real dad to his own children. Illegitimacy, divorce, and family breakdowns are primary causes of poverty, suicide, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and income inequality.

     Children are also growing up without real moral foundations, as society chips away at the biblical heritage of our country. There is no longer any right or wrong. There are also very few good role models for our children. The breakdown of families and society leave our children emotionally vulnerable. The media and even the schools often have profoundly negative effects on the young people. Considering all of the negativity that they are exposed to, I am surprised that the young people are doing as well as they are doing.

     In addition, we are leaving our children with a huge debt load, with trillion dollar budget deficits each year. We are also burying the world in garbage and often destroying the environment.

Against the Tide

Film by the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Against the Tide is a compelling film that documents what happened in the United States during the Holocaust.  This film highlights how a young activist, Peter Bergson (born Hillel Kook in Lithuania in 1915), challenged Washington and the establishment Jewish organizations to demand that the rescue of Europe’s Jews become a top priority for American Jews.

     Through a never before seen 1977 interview, Bergson gives a first-hand account of what occurred. The more successful he became in attracting support from important non-Jewish members of Congress, as well as Hollywood personalities such as Ben Hecht, Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni, the more threatened and resentful Jewish establishment leaders became.

     It is both sad and disgraceful that so many American Jewish organizations and individuals were reluctant to help the European Jews during the awful years of the Holocaust, and in fact actually worked against people like Peter Bergson and others in their attempts to help the Jews trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe. Many American Jews were concerned that American Jewish attempts to help European Jews might stir up additional anti-Semitism in the USA.

     Most American Jews remained as enthusiastic supporters of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, President Roosevelt did almost nothing to help the forsaken Jews of World War II. As is the case with many American Jews to this day, the primary "religion" of most American Jews is the Democratic Party. (It should be noted that President Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor, was very sympathetic to the Jews, and she attempted to be helpful to the rescue of Europe's Jews. FDR dismissed his wife's concerns for the Jewish people as being too softhearted.)

Parents Can Now Change Children's Sex On Birth Certificates

On March 10, 2020, NYS Attorney General Letitia James announced that the Department of Health would allow parents or guardians of minors under the age of 16 to change the sex designations on their children’s respective birth certificates.

     This foolishness got its big boost in 2015 when the US Supreme Court legislated from the bench to legalize same sex marriages. This was to accommodate homosexual men and women. Since then, there has been a slew of other gender minorities to be accommodated: transgender men and women, gender fluid, cross dressers, pan gender, non-binary, etc. These people need help with their gender dysphoria and confusion. Many do want help, but laws have been passed preventing them from receiving professional help. Those who offer help loses their licenses.

The New Soldier on Sentry Duty

A new soldier was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear: no vehicle was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. A large vehicle pulled up with a general seated in the back. The sentry said, "Halt, who goes there?"

     The chauffer, a corporal, said, ""General Smith." The sentry said, "I can't let you through. You have to have a special sticker on the windshield."

     The general said, "Drive on." The sentry said, "Hold it! You really can't drive through. I have orders to shoot if anyone tries to drive through without the sticker."

     The general repeated to the chauffer, "I'm telling you, son, drive on!" The sentry walked up to the rear window and said, "General, I'm new at this. Do I shoot you, or do I shoot the driver?"

Jeremy Corbyn Era is Over!

The Jeremy Corbyn era is over as the UK Labour Party elected Sir Keir Starmer as its new leader. In his first public statement, Starmer vowed to root out the anti-Semitism that has infected his party and apologized on behalf of the party.

     Starmer also expressed his condolences to the UK Jewish community over the high death rate from the coronavirus. Starmer's wife and children are Jewish. The Daily Mail questions whether he could and should have done more to fight the anti-Semitism within his party during the Corbyn years.

Civilization Jihad Operations: The Muslim Brotherhood's Successful Infiltration of America"  Middle East Forum

by Cynthia Farahat, born in Egypt

With the Islamists' effort to gain power in the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood’s war against America is currently succeeding. They are able to exploit America’s laws and the broad ignorance of their most important mission which they call, “Operation Civilization Jihad.” Under this mission, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated major media, political, educational, and even law enforcement institutions. They also successfully hijacked the political representation of American Muslims and are using it to spread  their propaganda to Congress. In the long run, Civilization Jihad can be more dangerous than armed jihad. It was the same operation that subverted several nations such as, Turkey, Egypt, and Sudan; and we need to learn from these examples before it is too late. 

Why We Must Close High-Risk Wildlife Markets

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Washington DC 20037

The world is grappling with the worst public health emergency in recent memory: COVID-19. The World Health Organization has confirmed it is a zoonotic disease—it jumped from wildlife to humans. The outbreak underscores the public health risk of allowing illegal and unregulated wildlife markets to flourish and the destructive impacts of trade and consumption of high-risk wildlife on human health and societies.

     In late February, the Chinese government announced a comprehensive ban on the consumption of wild animals. WWF urges other countries to quickly adopt similar prohibitions and regulations. We are calling for urgent action to close high-risk markets and end illegal and unregulated wildlife trade that threatens human health and impacts biodiversity.

     To gauge public opinion in places where such markets operate, WWF commissioned an independent survey of 5,000 individuals in March. Results revealed support for similar action from other governments in Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Here are some highlights from the survey:

u There is almost universal support—93% of respondents—across these parts of Asia for government action to eliminate illegal and unregulated wildlife markets.

u Respondents predominantly believe that wildlife is the source of the coronavirus pandemic.

Market closures were seen as an effective measure to help prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future by 79% of respondents.

Editor's Comment:  These wildlife markets are also very cruel. Also, coronavirus is a disease that spread to humans from bats, an unkosher animal. Bats are also good for the environment.

The Persecution
of Christians in
Muslim CountriesMuslim countries routinely harass citizens who convert to Christianity on the one hand, while at the same time trying to hide them from the public discourse. For instance, any change in religion will never be reflected on one’s national ID card, as revealing the true number of conversions to Christianity in any official capacity would lead to unrest.

     In 2006, the Algerian government issued a repressive law prohibiting all non-Islamic religious practices in the absence of direct approval from the authorities. The law goes so far as to prohibit Christians and other non-Muslims to speak publicly about their faith for fear of influencing Muslims. Any Muslim accused of approaching Christians for the purpose of learning more about their faith or beliefs could face five years in prison and a hefty fine.

     In countries of asylum, usually in the West, Christian converts (called “Muslim Background Believers”) find assistance and protection from abuse. In Muslim societies, they can find neither work nor housing. Most also lose all connection to their families.

     The Christian converts usually avoid speaking out against their former faith in order to protect themselves. According to Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera, in Africa alone there are six million who have converted to Christianity.

     Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the leading Muslim scholars in the world, announced that Sharia Law should be imposed on Christian converts, because they are an existential threat to Islam, which recognizes no freedom of personal belief. One example of this happened in 2011 in Minya, Egypt, where a government-run school tried to compel all students, including Christians, to wear the Islamic veil, even though there was no civil law requiring them to do so. All of the Christian students complied, except for 14-year-old Ferial Habib, who was expelled for eight days for defying the Islamic edict.

     In Iran, Saudi Arabia, northern Nigeria, and many other parts of the Islamic world, instructions for Islamic dress in government schools and in public life apply to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.

     In the Gaza Strip, where 3,000 Christians live, Hamas has taken steps to Islamize daily life, especially in the field of education. Since 2009, it has imposed a law on all girls in government educational institutions by compelling them to wear Islamic clothing: a long robe and a headscarf. Christian students are also obligated to submit to these regulations.

     In Algeria, two Christian construction workers were arrested in 2010 because they had lunch during the month of Ramadan in a room set up near the workshop. The public prosecutor requested that they be sentenced to three years in prison. In the end, they were acquitted.

     In Indonesia, shops and factories are forced to close during Ramadan, thereby stripping Christians of their personal freedom. Every day, discrimination occurs in daily life against Christians, starting with the denial of jobs and the destruction of livelihoods, through the inadmissibility of Christians as they are.

     Germany has 4 million Muslims. According to a recent study, 53% ​​of those surveyed believe that Islam is the only true religion. 45% of them think that Islam alone is the religion that can solve the problems of the world.

     Over 50% believe that Islam will dominate the world, while 47% believe that every good Muslim is obligated to proselytize non-Muslims. The Christian religion is unable to safeguard its own moral values, believe 56% of respondents, with 71% pointing to the lack of sexual morality in the “Christian” West.

     I firmly believe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is digging her own grave and the grave of the German people by opening the gates to immigration without restrictions for Muslims coming to Germany... Local Salafist mosques quickly entice these young Muslims and brainwash them to join the jihad against non-Muslims.

     European societies have not addressed the root of the problem, so the consequences for them will be disastrous, as we have already seen with, for example, the Paris bombings, which were just the tip of the iceberg.

Editor's Note:  There has also been a large number of anti-Semitic attacks by these Islamic "refugees," as well as many other terror attacks against their European benefactors. They seek the freedoms offered by European societies, but then seek to Islamocize the nations that gave them sanctuary. This is called Hijrah, which is jihad (holy war) by emigration to non-Islamic countries.  It may be true that most Muslims are not terrorists. However, it is also true that many "good" Muslims do almost nothing to root out the terrorists in their midst.        RAC

All Quiet on the Northern Front?

by Ilse Strauss, News Bureau Chief

Hezbollah functions as a terror army, rather than a terror group, explains Chodoff. Its fighting force numbers some 45,000, many of whom have gained valuable battlefield experience fighting alongside Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian Civil War. Tehran also used war-torn Syria as a supply route to smuggle game-changing weapons to Hezbollah, and the group now boasts an arsenal of 150,000–300,000 precision long- and medium-range rockets, larger than that of all Europe’s armies combined.

     Chodoff puts the facts in perspective. “Hezbollah started the war in 2006 with 20,000 rockets. We got hit with 4,000 over five weeks, 100 to 150 daily. Thirty-nine civilians were killed. What we’re looking at in the next round is a minimum of 2,000 rockets carrying 60 to 70 kilograms [132 to 154 lbs] of thermobaric explosives per day. They can also now launch dozens of rockets simultaneously at a single target, meaning the Iron Dome isn’t going to work.”

     “The next round is going to be extremely violent,” he says. “It won’t be a repeat of 2006. The scale we’re talking about is Yom Kippur War, a scale that’s not been seen for [47] years.” Then there’s the Hezbollah tunnel network… In Dec 2018, the IDF destroyed six underground tunnels leading from Lebanon into the Jewish state. The threat is, however, far from neutralized. “Nobody believes we got them all,” Chodoff cautions. “We also know they’re digging more.”

     “Hezbollah has 11 or 12 assault companies along the border. Their purpose is to cross the border and take ground…The purpose of the tunnels is to send pioneering units through first to cut off Israeli communities from the rest of the country…so that the assault companies can move easier. This is their plan. We know it. And they know we know. But we don’t have enough forces in the area to prevent it. They know that too.” Israel is, of course, preparing to answer such an attack. “We won’t be playing games,” Chodoff holds. “We have a solution.”

     The solution can, however, cause Israel’s image untold damage. During the early 2000s, Hezbollah drove the non-Shiites from southern Lebanon and repopulated the area with poor Shiite families on a simple trade-off: in exchange for all-expenses-paid houses, the terror group uses the family homes as weapons caches and rocket launching pads. Other missile storage favorites include schools, hospitals and mosques. Hezbollah’s strategy thus turned southern Lebanon’s civilian communities into the frontline, making it impossible to distinguish civilian from terrorist and civilian target from terror target.

     Hezbollah uses human sacrifices, not human shields, explains Chodoff. “A human shield is when I put civilians around a target and then inform you. A human sacrifice is when I put civilians around a target and don’t tell you. They pack the target with civilians so they’ll be killed when we hit. We saw that often during the Second Lebanon War.”

     The bottom line? When Hezbollah’s pioneering units stream through the terror tunnels to cut off Israeli communities, making way for the assault companies…when Israel retaliates in full force—with crushing aerial and ground assaults—southern Lebanon’s family homes, schools, hospitals and mosques packed tightly with terrorists, explosives and missiles will be the battlefield. And the international media will have a field day condemning Israel for the civilian death toll.

Not If, But When

Hezbollah has been hard at work building up its arsenal. The Party of Allah is firmly burrowed into the civilian population and is stashed safely among its human sacrifices. Its fighting force is trained and eager for battle. So what is Hezbollah waiting for? Iran, answers Chodoff. And Iran, in turn, is waiting until it’s ready to strike before giving the command. “They’re building a huge base in Syria. The Iranians have time. They can wait another five years. Or not.”

Whose Fault is the Lack of Peace?

by Yochanan Visser,

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s most important adviser for issues related to the peace process, repeatedly has said he thinks that the Palestinian Arabs would choose peace with Israel in order to improve their quality of life, and also falsely claims that Israel and the PA are equally to blame for the lack of progress over the last 15 years. In fact, it was Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who ruined the chance to achieve peace when he turned down the unprecedented offer made by former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert in 2007 and the proposal made by former US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013.

     Had the Palestinian Arabs truly been interested in improving their lot, they would have done so already in July 2000, when Yasser Arafat was offered an independent state by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Israeli PM Ehud Barak. The essence of the conflict is, however, the stubborn Palestinian refusal to finally come to terms with the existence of a Jewish state, and that explains why they also turned down this new American proposal.

     After all, this is what they have been doing since 1947, when the leadership of the Jewish community in what was then called “Palestine” accepted a Jewish state — much smaller than what the Palestinian leadership has been offered now — under UN resolution 181, and the Arabs rejected it out of hand and then started a war.

THE KOTEL (also called the Western Wall, and also the Wailing Wall)

Did you know...

Ø  The Western Wall (Kotel) is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the western side of the Temple Mount.

Ø  The Western Wall was built during the time of Herod to ensure that the ground would not give way because of the immense weight of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) that greatly expanded during the time of Herod.

Ø  The exposed part of the Western Wall is 187 feet long and 62 feet wide.

Ø  Many of the rectangular stones that make up the wall weigh between 4,000 and 16,000 pounds.

Ø  It is customary to write prayers on pieces of paper and insert them between the cracks of the wall.

Ø  Over a million of these prayers are placed in the cracks each year.

Two Very Good Popes

I'm not a big fan of the Roman Catholic Church. It has been a source of much bad theology, and for most of its history, the Roman Catholic Church has been a curse to the Jewish people. However, since the Vatican II Council of 1962 to 1965, the Catholic Church has repented of its historic anti-Semitism, and eliminated anti-Semitism from their liturgy.

     Nevertheless, throughout history there have been good Catholics who were friends to the Jewish people and even good popes. One of those good popes was Pope Clement VI, who was pope during the Black Plague of 1346-1353. During those years, the Black Plague killed many millions of people in Asia, Europe, and North Africa, reducing the world's population from its level of about 475 million in 1346 to about 350 to 375 million in 1353, per Wikipedia. About half of Europe's population died in this pandemic.

     Europe's superstitious fear of cats led to the mass slaughter of our feline friends, contributing to a vast increase in the rat population. Fleas on the rats spread the Black Plague to human populations on three continents.

     The Jewish population was pretty much spared from the plague, perhaps because Jews practiced quarantines, as described in Leviticus 14 and 15, plus washings as taught in the Bible and Jewish tradition.

     At the time when the plague reached Europe, a rumor spread that the Jews were to blame for the pandemic by poisoning the wells, and Roman Catholics across Europe began killing Jews.

     Pope Clement VI reacted to this and issued two papal bulls in 1348, in which condemned the violence against the Jews and proclaimed that all who blamed the Jews for the plague were seduced by the Devil. He urged the clergy to spread his message in order to stop further killings of the Jews.

     However, despite Clement's best efforts, massacres of Jews took place throughout much of Europe. Thousands of Jewish communities were exterminated, including manjor Jewish centers in Barcelona, Strasbourg (where 2000 Jews were burned alive in 1349), as well as cities such as Frankfurt, Cologne, and Mainz in Germany.

     Another good pope was Pope Gregory X, who was pope from 1271-76. Jews were accused of killing Jewish children and using their blood to make matzah (unleavened bread) for Passover. This is commonly called the "Blood Libel." He reminded Christians that Jews do not eat blood, which is forbidden in Lev. 17:10-11, and other places in Scripture. Gregory also reminded people that the Jews were of the race that give birth to Jesus. However, the Blood Libel continues to this day, and is also taught by many Muslim imams. Many thousands of Jews have been murdered because of this awful Blood Libel.   RAC

Jewish Leaders Praise Keir Starmer For Pledges on Labour Anti-Semitism

Rowena Mason

Keir Starmer (the new leader of the UK Labour  Party) has been praised by Jewish leaders for achieving “in four days more than his predecessor (Jeremy Corbyn) in four years” after he held a video conference to set out steps Labour would be taking to stamp out anti-Semitism.

     The issue of anti-Semitism has troubled Labour for years, with the party still under investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission over allegations of institutional anti-Semitism in its handling of complaints.

     “It was very important to me to seek to address the disgrace of anti-Semitism in our party as soon as possible,” Starmer said. “Today, I repeated once again the apology I made as soon as I was elected leader. Over the last few years, we have failed the Jewish community on anti-Semitism.

     Labour is a proudly anti-racist party and, going forward, it will not be enough to ‘pass the test’ on anti-Semitism. We need to set new standards for best practice. At today’s meeting, I committed to begin work on setting up an independent complaints process, cooperating fully with the EHRC’s inquiry and asking for a report on all outstanding cases to be on my desk at [the end of] the week. I also discussed with the Jewish Labour Movement my ambition to roll out training of all Labour party staff as soon as practically possible.” (Starmer's wife is Jewish.)

Joe Biden: Anti-Israel

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Joe Biden isn’t wasting a moment trying to prove to his far-Left base that he will continue the anti-Israel policies of the Obama/Biden administration. These were indeed dark days. In April 2020 alone, Biden has come out in support of lifting sanctions on Iran, invited the foreign policy advisors of Bernie Sanders to join his team and said he was “honored” to receive the endorsement of the viciously anti-Israel group, J Street. “I’m honored to have earned J Street’s first-ever presidential endorsement,” Biden told @thedailybeast. J Street has been a powerful voice to advance social justice here at home, and to advocate for a two-state solution that advances Middle East Peace." (Editor: The other side isn't interested in peace, only Israel's destruction.) These extreme actions were all taken in just the first two weeks of April!  Anti-Semites like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaim support Joe Biden.

     Joe Biden, just like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, is proving that this is no longer the old Democrat party of bipartisan support for Israel. Today’s Democrat Party, led by Biden, who was one of the architects of the deal that gave Iran billions in taxpayer money and even more in sanctions relief, seems to be actively working against Israel, our other allies in the Middle East, and the American taxpayers. The only way to stop J Street Joe is to step up and get involved TODAY. 

In Quarantine

I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune.  Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.

I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.

Still haven't decided where to go for vacation -- The Living Room or The Bedroom?

Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.

Home schooling is going well.  2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.

I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone

This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat.  It was obvious she thought her cat understood her.  I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.

Quarantine Day 3: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN.  You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal.  I have no clue how this place is still in business.

My body has absorbed so much soap and

disinfectant lately that when I pee it

cleans the toilet.

I'm so excited -- it's time to take out the garbage.  What should I wear?

Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.

Day 6 of Home schooling: My child just said

"I hope I don't have the same teacher next year"....  I'm offended.

Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.

Israel is an Ark of Safety

in the Sea of Coronavirus

In a study of 60 countries published in Forbes magazine, Israel has ranked first in terms of being the safest country in the world against the coronavirus. The study rated the Jewish state's quarantine measures as highly effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Israel was followed by Germany, South Korea, Australia, and China according to factors, including safety, risk level, and treatment efficiency. In the risk index, Italy was ranked as the most dangerous, followed by the USA, UK, Spain, and France. Health Minister Yaacov Litzman expressed satisfaction with the data, "We have reached the goal of setting ourselves at least 10,000 tests per day. This is a great opportunity to praise the medical staff working around the clock in simple conditions for Israeli citizens. We will continue with this trend with all our might. Litzman added that he was "deeply honored and appreciative" of the citizens of Israel, who struggle with pride and courage during a very difficult time. "The vast majority of you obey the instructions and keep the Ministry of Health's directives aimed at preventing the spread of morbidity and saving lives", he said.

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life." Psalm 138:7

Hungarian Official Honors
Holocaust Amid Corona Crisis

With much of Hungary in lockdown, a minister attended a quite ceremony to remember the 600,000 Hungarian Jews killed in the Holocaust. Justice Minister Judit Varga made clear those who died should never be forgotten. Dressed in black, she placed pebbles, flowers, and candles at the Shoes on the Danube embankment monument in Budapest, the capital. She did so at a time when much attention focuses on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pakistan Christians: Convert to Islam or Starve

Christians and other minorities in Pakistan face starvation as they are denied food aid for refusing to convert to Islam, aid workers say. International Christian Concern (ICC) reports Pakistani Christians were denied food aid amid the COVID-19 crisis in the fourth incident ICC has documented since Pakistan was placed on lockdown by authorities seeking to combat the pandemic. In the Facebook video, a young Christian man claims that a local mosque committee distributed food on 2 April 2020, however, village Christians were told to leave the mosque compound because the food aid was meant for only Muslims.

     Other such incidents have been reported since the beginning of April 2020. On 11 April 2020 an incident took place in which Christians were forced to make the Islamic profession of faith to get food aid. “Denying food aid and discriminating among citizens is a crime,” Aftab Hayat, a Pakistani NGO leader, told ICC. “Christians often face discrimination and are victims of religious hatred. However, the situation for Christians amid the COVID-19 crisis is alarming and becoming worse.” (VFI News)

Bless Israel in This Time of Crisis

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Jewish Liberator of Nazi Camp, Wife of 78 Years Die Hours Apart

Source: The Times of Israel

LONGMEADOW, Massachusetts — A World War II veteran and his wife of nearly eight decades who had tested positive for COVID-19 died together on the same day. David and Muriel Cohen died within hours of each other at a Longmeadow nursing home on April 10.

     Muriel, 97, had tested positive for the virus and David, 102, had been sick but his test results came back negative. The couple decided to remain together even as the Jewish Nursing Home tried to transfer residents who were infected to a separate unit.

     Fran Grosnick, their daughter, gave the nursing home permission to let her parents stay together. “The only time they’d ever been separated was when my father served in World War II, and when my sister and I were born,” she told The Boston Globe. “Otherwise they were always together.”

     David Cohen served as a radio operator in the Army during World War II. He was also a liberator at the Ohrdruf concentration camp in Germany. Photos he took during the liberation are displayed at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

     When he returned to the US after fulfilling his service, David became a history teacher in Queens, New York, where he and Muriel raised their two daughters. The couple moved to Longmeadow after retirement to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

     Grosnick said the last time she saw her parents in person was on March 12, when the facility halted visiting hours. “They did not suffer, and they were together,” she said. “I take comfort in that.”

Why Do Democrats Want to

Save Iran's Theocracy?

by A.J. Caschetta

At a time when Iran's oppressive totalitarian regime is coming under increasing pressure from within and its grip on power is being tested daily, Democrats are rushing in with sanctions relief plans that would shore up its control. Ignorance, naiveté and a warped sense of priorities explains much of their recent activity.

     Since last fall, protests in Iran have become bold. Rather than "Death to America!," the chants in Tehran increasingly are "Death to the Dictator!" and "We don't want the Ayatollahs!" If Ali Khamenei loses control because of his regime's inept response to Iran's COVID-19 deaths, it might be the only good thing to come out of the pandemic. That is, unless the Democrats have their way.

Jewish Population Stands Far

Below Pre-Holocaust Numbers

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.” Isa. 40: 1-2.

     A new report released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that the global Jewish population was recorded at 14.7 million people by the end of 2018. According to the information, presented on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the total Jewish population worldwide remains well below its pre-Holocaust peak. Jews living around the world by the eve of World War II in 1939, had grown to a population of over 16.6 million. (Editor's Note:  Most other estimates are that the number of Jews in the world was closer to 18 million in 1939.)

     In 1948, on the eve of the establishment of the State, the number of Jews worldwide was 11.5 million, of whom 650,000 were in Israel (6%). By the end of 2018, the worldwide Jewish population had risen to 14.7 million, with 6.7 million, or 45.6%, living in the State of Israel. The second-largest Jewish population in the world is in the USA, with 5.7 million Jews, followed by France, with about 450,000 Jews.

We read the tragic chapters of the past that have recorded the decrease of the Jewish population due to anti-Semitic hatred and violence. Yet whether we look to the past, present or future we praise God that He is in the process of fulfilling the promise made to His people thousands of years ago: "And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers." Deut. 30:5.

[1] An excellent example of families like this would be The Waltons, a TV show about a family in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The source of much of the information in this article is, 3-6-2020.