Give Rav Shmuel a Hand!

ravHe was the crowd favorite for the last two year’s running at our festival, and now we can give back some love. Rav Shmuel has this amazing video for his song “Protocols”. Like the song, its edgy and humorous, and deserves to get Rav Shmuel some good attention.

Protocols is currently the #1 rated music video at the www.ourstage.com monthly contest and now has the chance of winning REAL recognition and $5000 towards significant publicity and management development – any up-and-coming artist’s dream.

To help Protocols win you send MVID08 as a text message to 78243! [Each text costs 50 cents, but hey, if tens of millions of people can fork over a few nickels and dimes for Senjaya…. ;-)]
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be sent by tonight and you can vote as many times as you’d like. This is a really great opportunity for Rav Shmuel to get some much needed exposure – and to get the important message of “Protocols” some attention! Maybe he can tour Iran?

You can watch the video and see where Rav Shmuel is standing in the vote by going to this page: http://www.ourstage.com/judge?channel=8-music-videos

Help show Rav Shmuel our appreciation for his involvement in Jewlicious Festival! —Thanks!

What are America’s three most important allies, Senator Obama?

The commentators on BBC had a few choice words about the debate of Democratic Presidential hopefuls. Obama was asked a simple question. Name three important allies. And did he answer the question? No.

Of course the trademark of successful politicians is avoiding the questions, so lets not be under any disillusions as to who we have here. We have a novice Senator, with great charisma, charm and potential. But is he ready to be a front runner?

So who did he mention? Does he mention Israel? England? Canada? Mexico? Nope. He mentioned the EU (sic) and then NATO, and then rambles about Afghanistan. Then Japan. Yeh, that was a good line, just after Toyota takes over as the car king, and leaves Detroit in the dust. Hmmm. In fact, perhaps Obama thought the question was, “Who are our three biggest competitors?” He mentions the EU, Japan, and China. Now you can be a competitor and an ally, but what ARE the three most important ones? Who puts their tuches on the line for the US? Which country admires the USA, even with all our faults? Its not the EU, or Japan or China. There are strategic allies, political allies, economic allies. Bu I would guess that the question reffered to which countries can we count on.

Senator, the number one country you can count on is Israel. Israel is America’s greatest ally.

Quote from transcript below, from Democratic candidate debate:

Senator Obama, what are America’s three most important allies around the world?

OBAMA: Well, I think the European Union as a whole has been a long-standing ally of ours, and through NATO we’ve been able to make some significant progress. Afghanistan, in particular, is an area where we should be focusing. NATO has made real contributions there.

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Reaching higher

Parsha Archei Mot- Kedoshim

(Vayikra, 19:2): “… Kedoshim tihyu ki kadosh ahni HaShem Elokeichem …” You will be holy, for holy am I, HaShem your God.

Kedusha – there is no real translation for this word. Its not just to sanctify, its not just holy. Kedusha is living my life above my own nature. Wherever I am in spiritual and moral terms, kedusha implores me to reach higher. Good shabbos, shabbat shalom!


Zionism and Judaism

Can you be an anti-Zionist Jew? Does Judaism necessitate Zionism? In this short class, we cover who is a Jew, what is Judaism, what is Zionism, and what is the connection between them all.

This class was recorded on April 25th as part of Beach Hillel’s Israel Week.

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