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The Talmud: An Occultist Introduction Audiobook by Baal Kadmon

Posted By on May 11, 2019

Listen to the full audiobook The Talmud: An Occultist Introduction for free at audilib.com

Format: UnabridgedWritten by: Baal KadmonNarrated by: Baal KadmonPublisher: Baal KadmonRelease date: 10/18/2017Duration: 1 hr and 19 minsLanguage: EnglishGenres: Judaism

The Talmud is by far the most important set of books in the Jewish faith aside from the Torah or the first five books of the Old Testament. In many ways, the Talmud may even surpass that in importance. I say this because if the Talmud did not exist, the laws that are written in the Torah would not make any sense. So in this way, it is like Jewish Canon law. Just like Catholic Canon law explains biblical texts of the bible, so too does the Talmud. It does not only explain laws, but it goes into great depth on many other topics as well. Although this book will serve as a general introduction, I am gearing this book more towards those in the occult. I do this because of several requests I have received to do so. Most books on the Talmud are written with an implied understanding that the listener is either Jewish or has some knowledge of Hebrew/Aramaic, even if rudimentary. I find this to be exclusionary to everyone else, especially the occultist. I also gear this book towards occultists because the Talmud itself has many instances of Magick that I feel are quite interesting. Although there will be no rituals at the end of the book, I think, as an occultist, you will gain a greater understanding of these texts. Knowledge is the name of the game. In this book, I will cover the following:

My Experience with the Talmud The History and Makeup of the Talmud The Context in Which it Was Written and Compiled The Language Used In the Talmud. It's not Hebrew. Examples of Torah Law Elucidation The Mention of Jesus in the Talmud The Talmud's Views on Non-Jewish People Overt Magick in the Talmud Miscellaneous oddities of the Talmud

I hope you will enjoy it.

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L.A. welcomes Jewish Heritage Month – Park Labrea News …

Posted By on May 9, 2019

The city of Los Angeles welcomes Jewish American Heritage Month alongside Jewish nonprofit and faith leaders and the citys vibrant Jewish community. May, which is Jewish American Heritage Month, will be marked in City Hall with an exhibit and the marquee celebration Being Deborah: A History of Jewish Women Creating Change in Los Angeles on May 29.

The Being Deborah Exhibit will be open through May 31.

The Jewish story is imbued into the history of Los Angeles, and the many synagogues, community groups, and Jewish nonprofits continue to shape our Citys vibrant culture and spirit of service, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu said. As the council member for District 4, I am humbled and honored to lead this celebration of Jewish women throughout our citys history to the present day.

The official city celebration for Jewish Heritage Month is Being Deborah: A History of Jewish Women Creating Change in Los Angeles. The City Hall event will include exhibits highlighting Jewish women throughout Los Angeles history, a City Council presentation, and performances by the Jewish Womens Theatre and The ChoirHawks of The Jean and Jerry Friedman Shalhevet High School, who have written an original song about Miriam the Prophetess specially for the celebration.

The event co-chairs are Ryu and Councilman Bob Blumenfield, 3rd District. The co-sponsors are Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Greig Smith.

From the early goodwill of the Hebrew Benevolent Society to the dynamic institutions serving Angelenos today, Los Angeles is stronger thanks to the contributions of Jewish Americans to our culture, economy, society, and government, Garcetti said. Jewish American Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize everything this community has done for our city and to rededicate ourselves to the core values at the heart of Jewish tradition: the pursuit of justice, belonging, and peace.

For information, visit davidryu.lacity.org.

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Is zionism synonymous with Judaism? | Yahoo Answers

Posted By on May 9, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a similar question. He stated:

". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitism, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The ***** people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfillment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

"This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism."

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How Anti-Zionism Became Anti-Semitism: A Historical Overview

Posted By on May 9, 2019

After the defeat of Nazism in World War II, the Soviet Union and its satellites became the main European incubators of anti-Semitism, a doctrine they soon repackaged, with great success, as anti-Zionism. Asael Abelman tells this story in a sweeping and penetrating essay that can be read in its original Hebrew here or in a rough English translation at the link below:

After 1945, and even more so after 1948, the war against the Jews ceased to be one against a people scattered and dispersed among the nations but instead against a people who had returned to their land. The banner of this war against the Jews was now borne by the Arab peoples as well as Muslims throughout the world, and even though a wide chasm separated most of them from the European left, all parties found in this struggle a common denominator. . . .

Take Poland, for example, in the late 1960s. During this period, Polish students were expressing their resentment of the Communist regime in their country. When the regime sought a way to rally its ranks and divert attention from its critics, it found it in anti-Semitism. By then, most of the Jews of Poland had been exterminated [in World War II]; many others had left for Israel and other countries; and many of the remaining Jews in Poland did not see themselves as Jews, were themselves unaware that they were Jews, or were completely indifferent to their Jewish identity. But none of this prevented the leader of Poland, Wladyslaw Gomulka, from looking for a way to use anti-Semitism to serve his political needs.

His opportunity arrived with Israels victory over the Arab states in the Six-Day War. Immediately thereafter, Gomulka publicly announced that Polish citizens of the Jewish nation are not prevented from returning to Israel if they wish. Our position is that every Polish citizen should have one state: the Polish Peoples Republic; . . . we do not want a fifth column. Thus, parallel to the Arab desire to destroy the state of Israel, anti-Semitism came out of the mouth of the leader of the Polish Communist regime, a man who no doubt considered racist Nazism to be the absolute evil, [who was himself married to a Jewish woman], and who subscribed to an ideological doctrine strongly opposed to national hatred.

Thereafter, Gomulkas Poland became flooded with anti-Semitism. Persistent rumors claimed that the economic shortage in Poland was caused by unfaithful Jewish Communists; Jewish lecturers and students were expelled from the academy; and anti-Jewish notions straight out of Nazi Germany appeared in the official press. . . .

This recruitment of the hatred of Israel for political purposes in Poland . . . was conducted in parallel with Soviet oppression of Poland itself, and the Soviet authorities likewise used anti-Semitism for their own ends. . . . One incident illustrates perfectly the cooperation engendered by the war against the Jews: the doctoral dissertation written by Mahmoud Abbas at a Soviet university on the supposed cooperation between Zionists and Nazis. This work by a current Palestinian leader is particularly striking in light of the fact that one of the first Palestinian leaders, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, had promoted the extermination of European Jews in cooperation with the Nazis.

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Is zionism against Judaism? | Yahoo Answers

Posted By on May 9, 2019

As a Jew and according to my torah Israel shouldn't even exist, it's against our beliefs, but then again Zionists who are actually atheists by the way, forced themselves on us, and are brainwashing jews especially the children in justifying the horrid actions and the greedy Apartheid government that made it it's policy to make the Palestinians evacuate their ancestrious land,

I'm a Lebanese Jew, keep in mind that almost every country in the Arab world has Jews living there and they refuse to make Israel their homeland because they know that it's a against our beliefs,

So the Zionists that tell you that only the Neturei Karta is the only anti-Zionist group in existence they are trying to mislead you into thinking that, the truth is there are Jewish groups all over the world that are anti- Zionists and here's the list:

International Jews for el Al-Awda Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Jewish International Solidarity Movement. Neturi Karta international Torah Jews against Zionism Europe [Norway Boycott Israel Sweden Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace United Kingdom Jewish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Middle East Israel Adalah B'Tselem Breaking the Silence Gush Shalom Hamoked New Profile Peace Now Rabbis for Human Rights Yesh Din Women Bat Shalom Coalition of Women for a Just Peace Machsom Watch Women in Black Anarchist Anarchists Against the Wall Black Laundry Binational - Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation Ta'ayush Combatants_for_Peace North America Canada Canadian Jews for Al-Awda Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians Canada Palestine Support Network Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Sumoud Political Prisoner Solidarity Group Wall Must Fall Campaign United States American Jews for Al-Awda Brit Tzedek v'Shalom ICAHD-USA Jewish Voice for Peace New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine Palestine and Jewish Solidarity Movement The Washington Report American task Force on Palestine New York Al-Awda Jews of New York Jews Against the Occupation California Free Gaza project South America Brazil Comit Brasileiro de Interese Nacional Palestino Oceania Australia Jewish Australians for Palestine Melbourne Australians for Palestine Melbourne Palestine Jewish Solidarity Network Jewish Women for Palestine New Zealand Auckland University of Auckland Students for Justice in Palestine Wellington Aotearoa Jews for Justice Wellington Jewish Palestine Group

The list does not including Jews from Iran or the Arab countries. These are the Jewish based or supportive groups. Do you want to know how many non-Jewish groups support Palestine?

I'm a lebanese Jew

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Poway synagogue shooting: Congregants ‘fill the synagogue’

Posted By on May 8, 2019

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein shared the details of his personal phone call with President Donald Trump after the shooting. USA TODAY

POWAY, Calif. Congregants at theChabad of Poway heeded a call to"fill the synagogue"on Friday night, nearly one week after a deadly synagogue shooting at the Southern California house of worship.

As some congregants walked to a unity service and dinner,they passedcommunity members holding signs of support. Drivers honked horns in agreement.

"It's a community that comes together, and this type of hatred can't take over who we are. It's not welcome here,"said Leslie Talansky, who was holding a sign that said "Poway Strong."

Law enforcement officers wereclearly visible in the area surrounding the synagogue. Multiple street corners were lined with flowers; signs were left with messages such as "Share love and kindness."

Last Saturday the last day of Passover a gunman entered Chabad of Powayand opened fire, killing one person and inuring three others.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was among those injured.

April 30: Hundreds gather in Poway to celebrate the life of Lori Kaye

April 29: Family of girl injured in Poway synagogue shooting: We fled violence in Israel. We thought it was safe here

Goldstein has publicly urged Jews to respond to the tragedy by becoming more devoted to their faith.

"From here on in I am going to be more brazen," he wrote in aNew York Times opinion piece on Monday. "And Im going to use my voice until I am hoarse to urge my fellow Jews to do Jewish. To light candles before Shabbat. To put up mezuzas on their doorposts. To do acts of kindness. And to show up in synagogue especially this coming Shabbat."

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Goldstein Shabbat Shalom, Tonight, hundreds of thousands of people are attending shul internationally to pack their shuls wall to wall. Thousands of women and girls are lighting candles tonight in the memory of our beloved Lori Kaye, of blessed memory, and in solidarity with Chabad of Poway. We are all heartbroken, our tears are unstoppable. What happened in our shul last week, what happened to Lori, that has shattered us to our core. But we also need to stop and thank Hashem for protecting us from an even greater carnage, G-d forbid. Within this tragedy we have seen miracles. Weve also seen an unbelievable outpouring of love and support from everywhere, our fellow Chabad centers, Jewish communities throughout this country, and around the world. This has truly demonstrated Am Yisroel Chai! And the messages of encouragement weve received from our local community, the American public at large, including the President of the United States, and people of good conscious everywhere, has been truly heartening. Weve also showed the world what the Chabad of Poway community is made of. That we are proud of who we are and will not back down, we will not cower. Our communitys message of hope in our own time of deep pain has been seen, heard and read on national television and in the biggest newspapers. We have carried our Rebbes message of light over dark, of the power of each individual good deed to the world, and, together, comforted others and driven them to positive action. That is an amazing tribute to the Chabad of Poway community and to Lori. Please join us tonight to welcome Shabbat, and welcome each other back to our shul. Lets come back to our home and declare once again Shema Yisrael! in our holy and pure sanctuary. We are planning for hundreds of guests to join us followed by a kiddush on the patio. Please join Devorie and I, and Howard and Hannah for a catered community Friday night dinner. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS

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A standing-room-only crowd of about 700 gathered at the synagogue earlier in the week to honorLori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who died in the attack.

Flowers and messages of support line a street corner adjacent to Chabad of Poway on Friday night.(Photo: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY)

The Chabad-Lubavitch organization said earlier this week that the Poway congregation was launching a "fill the synagogue" campaign, asking Jews to show solidarity with the congregation in light of the tragedy.

Shabbat is a term for the Jewish sabbath, a time between sundown Friday night and sundown Saturday night when observant Jews refrain from many daily tasks such as driving and cooking.

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Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Political Cartoons And Satire

Posted By on May 6, 2019

When does criticism of Israel shade into simple anti-Semitism? Recent events in academia and the media show how the prevalence of the former can make it hard to see the latter for what it is.

A previous post discussed an anti-Semitic performance at a major academic conference on Gaza at The University of North Carolina. The performer, a Palestinian rapper, told the audience that he was going to sing an anti-Semitic song and that they should all sing along. He told the audience that when they sing along, dont think of Rihanna when you sing this, dont think of Beyoncthink Mel Gibson, go that anti-Semitic.

The situation was described in a letter to the conference organizers written by the Dean of the UNC School of government as follows: After [the performer] told the audience I cannot be anti-Semitic alone, it was incredibly offensive to see the attendees at your conference enthusiastically singing along with him. The mood was celebratory. Given his deeply offensive comments, I would have expected his hateful speech to be met with stunned silence. Instead, the reaction of the audience can only be described as enthusiastically anti-Semitic.

In a related story, last week the international edition of the New York Times published an anti-Semitic political cartoon that looked like something that could have been published by anti-Semitic organizations in the 1930s or by todays alt-right movement. It showed the Israeli Prime Minister as a half man/half dog with Netanyahus face on the body of a dachshund with a Star of David hanging from his collar. He was on a leash leading a blind Donald Trump who was wearing a Jewish yarmulke.

The cartoonist, Antonio Moreira Antunes, denied that his drawing was anti-Semitic, telling the Jerusalem Post: Trumps erratic, destructive and often blind politics encouraged the expansionist radicalism of Netanyahu. To illustrate this situation, an analogy occurred to me with a blind man (Trump) led by a guide dog (Netanyahu) and, to help identify him, little known in Portugal, I added the Star of David, symbol of the State of Israel and central element of its flag.

Looking at the cartoon very generously, perhaps it could have been viewed as an over the top, but not necessarily anti-Semitic critique of Donald Trump--had it not depicted him wearing the yarmulke. Hanging the Star of David on Netanyahu could, at the edge of reasonableness, be seen as associating him with Israel rather than marking him as a Jew. But what could the legitimate point be of putting a yarmulke on Trump, who is not Jewish? And, of course, the yarmulke is in no way a symbol of Israelit is a symbol of Judaism. The unmistakable implication of the cartoon is that Trump is controlled by the Jews. Tellingly, Antunes declined to make any attempt to explain why he put a yarmulke on Trumps head.

A number of things link these two incidents. First, they both were a result of decisions made by highly regarded institutions that are supposed to represent values that are the exact opposite of anti-Semitism. UNC is a top-tier university and the Times is arguably the most respected newspaper in the nation, if not the world. These institutions are supposed to be committed to careful use of speech and images, diligence regarding facts and fact-checking, inclusiveness, and a rejection of prejudice. They certainly failed to honor these values in these instances.

Second, both incidents show how slippery the idea of satire can be. The idea behind the Palestinian rappers I cant be anti-Semitic alone presentation was that it was meant as a satire of the supposed tendency to automatically accuse critics of Israel of anti-Semitism. And the political cartoon is intended to be a satire of Netanyahus supposed control over Trump.

However, taken together, the two incidents make exactly the opposite point that they were intended to make. They show how criticism of Israel can easily shade into anti-Semitism. Extremely harsh criticism of Israel is commonplace at even the most reputable universities and news outlets. Israel is regularly compared to apartheid-era South Africa and even to Nazis. It is often described as supporting genocide and ethnic cleansing.

As the New York Timess own Brett Stephens pointed out: The reason is the almost torrential criticism of Israel and the mainstreaming of anti-Zionism, including by this paper, which has become so common that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry. So long as anti-Semitic arguments or images are framed, however speciously, as commentary about Israel, there will be a tendency to view them as a form of political opinion, not ethnic prejudice.

It is absolutely true that one can be critical of Israel or Zionism without being an anti-Semite. But the UNC and New York Times incidents show that spending time in an environment where virulent, one-sided criticism of Israel and Zionism is commonplace can desensitize people to actual anti-Semitism. At UNC, how could an audience of presumably intelligent, well-educated people fail to see the anti-Semitism in laughing and singing along with a man who just told them to think of Mel Gibson, a man famous for claiming that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world? How could a New York Times editor not see that slapping a yarmulke on Donald Trumps head as Netanyahu leads him on a leash does not imply that Trump is controlled by the Jews? The answer in both cases is that, while the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism certainly exists, it is being rendered increasingly blurry by the prevalence of ultra-harsh, one-sided criticism of Zionism in general and Israel in particular. When comparing Israelis to historys worst villains is commonplace, it becomes harder to see anti-Semitism for what it is.

The relationship between criticizing a nation and the people associated with that nation is hard to pinpoint with exactitude. But that does not mean that the relationship can be ignored. When President Trump called various African countries shit h-le countries, much of the media was quick to condemn that as racist, rather than as mere criticism of those countries. When he banned travel from seven countries, five of which are majority Muslim, much of the media saw that bigotry against Muslims, rather than just an action taken against specific nations. So it should not be difficult to see that virulent, one-sided criticism of the worlds only Jewish nation can easily cross the line into anti-Semitism.

It is disheartening to see some of the nations finest institutions cross the line to anti-Semitism. To their credit, the leadership of these institutions has apologized for these incidents and the Times has dropped the service that provided the cartoon. The Times also just published a refreshingly frank editorial acknowledging that: In the 1930s and the 1940s, The Timeswas largely silent as anti-Semitism rose up and bathed the world in blood. Thats a good start. But to make this right, they must think more deeply about why these incidents occurred in the first place.

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month …

Posted By on May 6, 2019

Office of the Press SecretaryApril 30, 2019

JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2019

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.

During a Jewish wedding ceremony, it is customary for the newlywed couple to shatter a glass. This longstanding tradition commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and symbolizes that even during times of heightened joy, one should remember the painful losses Jews suffered throughout history. In the same way, all Americans bear a moral responsibility to stand alongside our Jewish communities and learn the lessons of tolerance that run through the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people both long ago and, sadly, in recent times. Reflecting on these events steels our resolve that they never happen again.

Unconscionably, rates of anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen globally, and Jewish institutions have been vandalized and violently attacked. This past October, we mourned alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters following the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshippers were killed, making it the deadliest attack against Jews in American history. Then, on the sixth-month anniversary of that horrific attack and on the last day of Passover, we grieved as the Chabad of Poway Synagogue was the target of yet another act of anti-Semitic violence, in which one worshipper lost her life and three others were wounded. As Americans, we unequivocally condemn the pernicious, baseless hatred that is anti-Semitism.

Our American tradition compels us to reject the source of anti-Semitism. Following the Revolutionary War, the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, was unsure if the new American Government would grant them equal rights, given the persecution and expulsion the Jewish people had faced in so many times and in so many places. In response, George Washington penned his famous 1790 letter to the members of Newports Touro Synagogue, reassuring American Jews that, in the United States, their religious liberty would be protected. He further invoked the prophet Micah, hoping that 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 everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. Since then, the unique American promise of religious liberty for people of all faiths has remained a proud hallmark of our Republic.

Today, we recognize the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of great adversity and celebrate the countless ways Jewish Americans have strengthened our Nation. We echo the words of President Washington and Rabbi Akiva and stand in solidarity with our American Jewish neighbors as we reaffirm our commitment to combat all forms of hate and anti-Semitism.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thisthirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

By U.S. Embassy Sofia | 1 May, 2019 | Topics: News, President of the United States | Tags: Jewish, President, Proclamation

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Federal Register :: Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

Posted By on May 6, 2019

Start Printed Page 19685 Proclamation 9868 of April 30, 2019 A Proclamation

As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.

During a Jewish wedding ceremony, it is customary for the newlywed couple to shatter a glass. This longstanding tradition commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and symbolizes that even during times of heightened joy, one should remember the painful losses Jews suffered throughout history. In the same way, all Americans bear a moral responsibility to stand alongside our Jewish communities and learn the lessons of tolerance that run through the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish peopleboth long ago and, sadly, in recent times. Reflecting on these events steels our resolve that they never happen again.

Unconscionably, rates of anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen globally, and Jewish institutions have been vandalized and violently attacked. This past October, we mourned alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters following the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshippers were killed, making it the deadliest attack against Jews in American history. Then, on the sixth-month anniversary of that horrific attack and on the last day of Passover, we grieved as the Chabad of Poway Synagogue was the target of yet another act of anti-Semitic violence, in which one worshipper lost her life and three others were wounded. As Americans, we unequivocally condemn the pernicious, baseless hatred that is anti-Semitism.

Our American tradition compels us to reject the source of anti-Semitism. Following the Revolutionary War, the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, was unsure if the new American Government would grant them equal rights, given the persecution and expulsion the Jewish people had faced in so many times and in so many places. In response, George Washington penned his famous 1790 letter to the members of Newport's Touro Synagogue, reassuring American Jews that, in the United States, their religious liberty would be protected. He further invoked the prophet Micah, hoping that 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 everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. Since then, the unique American promise of religious liberty for people of all faiths has remained a proud hallmark of our Republic.

Today, we recognize the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of great adversity and celebrate the countless ways Jewish Americans have strengthened our Nation. We echo the words of President Washington and Rabbi Akiva and stand in solidarity with our American Jewish neighbors as we reaffirm our commitment to combat all forms of hate and anti-Semitism.Start Printed Page 19686

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

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Although it is removing bigots, Facebook says it will allow Holocaust …

Posted By on May 5, 2019

JTA Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant on Thursdaydeletedthe personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, including David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones. But in an April 9 letter, Joel Kaplan, Facebooks vice president of global public policy, said the site would still allow users to say things on Facebook that are wrong or inaccurate, even when they are offensive.

The letter was obtained byJewish Insiderand published Thursday.

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We take down any content that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust, Kaplan wrote. But we do not remove lies or content that is inaccurate whether its denying the Holocaust, the Armenian massacre, or the fact that the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of its own people.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergstated the same policy.

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Im Jewish, and theres a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened, he told the tech news site Recode. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I dont believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I dont think that theyre intentionally getting it wrong

Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency at the time that Facebook should not allow denial claims.

Freedom of the press means the press should be free of governmental control, she wrote in an email. It does not mean that the press or social media platforms have to provide space for deniers.

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