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UN Resolution 2334 is biblically ‘correct’

From a biblical perspective, the recent U.N. resolution condemning Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, as well as East Jerusalem as illegal and criminal is very close to being as to the what the Bible describes.

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CHONI DAVIDOWITZ
The Midrash quotes in the first ‘Rashi’ (one of the greatest Biblical commentators): “The Torah should have begun with the first mitzvah – this month shall be… Why then did it start with Bereishit (in the beginning)? The answer lies in the verse “The strength of His deeds He has declared to His people, to give them the heritage of the nations. (Psalms 111:6).

If the nations of the world say to the Jews, ‘You are robbers for you conquered the lands of the seven nations’, the Jews can respond: The entire world belongs to the Holy One Blessed be He. He created it, and gave it to whom He saw fit.”

Here, too, the question arises. Until this day the Ishmaelites, backed up by the nations, claim that we “stole” their land. So, how has it helped if we have “proof” from the Torah that it is ours. Do the nations care one iota what is says in the Torah, or the first Rashi?.

The answer is obvious if we examine the quote from Psalm 111 more closely. It does NOT say “the strength of His deeds He declared to the nations; rather “He has declared to His people”. That is, this “proof” that all of Eretz Yisrael belongs to us is not intended for the nations. No matter what we tell them, they will not be convinced. We can present scriptural, historical, and logical proofs that all the land is ours, they will still call us “robbers”. The nations of the world will always oppose us. That is their “purpose”. The latest UN resolution clearly shows that the whole world has taken the side of the Arabs even though it defies all logic.

It seems that G-d does not expect us to ever convince the goyim (other nations) of our rights to our land. He wants us to convince ourselves. I repeat: “The strength of His deeds He declared to HIS people, to give them the heritage of the nations.” He wants us to feel totally at ease with our conquest of Israel, and to realise that we have full rights to the land, so that when the nations call us thieves and robbers we can confidently respond: “We don’t really expect you to understand this, but this is OUR land and no one else’s. Either live here peacefully under our conditions or leave.”

I would submit that any UN resolution, such as the present one (2334), will Divinely inspire Israeli leaders to be strong and courageous and apply immediate application of full Israeli sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel. Let our leaders be like the Maccabees, and give a ‘”ilver lining” to this resolution in light of the question marks within Israel over our G-d-given right to our Land.


Choni Davidowitz, Golden Acres

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  1. Myrna Jankelowitz

    Dec 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    ‘Brilliant!!!  I wish we could print this in all the Arab newspapers around the world. Well done, my friend and more power to your pen!!!

  2. Lynne Newington

    Dec 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    ‘The Holy See should be included regardless of who the pope of the day is…instead of causing divisions.’

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Looking for long lost family in Africa

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I live in the United States, and recently found a letter and postcard that my late mother had shown me many years ago, but we didn’t put two and two together that we had lost family somewhere!

My mother, Anneliese Nossbaum (nee Winterberg), was from Germany. Although she never lived there (she and her parents lived first in Guben, then Bonn), the other Winterbergs lived in a town called Witzenhausen.

My mother was a Holocaust survivor, and several members of her family (including the Winterbergs) were interned or died in camps.

Her grandmother, Hannchen Winterberg (nee Lomnitz), had a brother, B. Lomnitz, who emigrated with his family to Africa before 1900. My mother knew that he lived in Johannesburg. Hannchen had three children:

Siegfried, my mother’s father, perished in Dachau.

Amalie married Moritz Vogel, who escaped to New York after Kristallnacht.

Gerda married Menna (Max) Goldschmidt, and since he was a communist, escaped with him first to what was then Palestine, and later to New York.

I was wondering if anyone knows the Lomnitz family, and how I could be in touch. They could be anywhere now, I know. I’m also writing to Yad Vashem to enquire what is known. I’d be happy to provide more information. – Contact: ivette.maoz@gmail.com

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Disparaging image contributes to stigma about weight

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The article by Mirah Langer, “How COVID-19 lockdown turned eating upside down”, SA Jewish Report, 29 April, was well written, highlighting how people are struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies since the lockdown.

Unfortunately, the original online and print versions were accompanied by an awful image – one that perpetuates weight bias and weight stigma. I was relieved to see that the online image had already been changed by Friday, 30 April, however, the awful image made it to print.

I’m therefore writing this letter to educate those working in media and healthcare about the dangers of using images that depict people in larger bodies in a disparaging way as it contributes to weight bias and stigma. Weight bias is defined as negative, prejudiced attitudes about weight, with overt manifestations of weight stigma and discrimination.

Unfortunately, weight bias and stigma have a psychological and physical impact on health, contributing directly to anxiety, depression, disordered eating behaviours, high blood pressure, high cortisol levels, and systemic inflammation. To the person responsible for changing the image online so quickly, thank you for a job well done! – Gayle Landau, Registered non-diet dietician and certified intuitive eating counsellor, and member of Non-Diet South Africa for healthcare professionals

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Looking for descendants of Lithuanian great-grandfather

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I would be grateful for any information a reader may have as I search for descendants of my great-grandfather, Eliahu Zvi Bloch, a Kohen who lived in Anassisic/Anusshishok, Lithuania, near the Latvian border, from roughly 1820 to 1900.

My grandfather, Elchanon, the son of Eliahu Zvi and his third wife, Sarah Oralowich, who grew up in an orphanage, is the only one of the family who emigrated to the United States. I recall hearing that some of Elchanon’s siblings or half-siblings emigrated to South Africa in the first half of the last century.

I know very little else. I believe the family migrated to Lithuania from Germany around 1750 or 1800, that Eliahu Zvi’s father lived to be 100, and that Eliahu Zvi was 66 years old when my grandfather was born. It’s possible that some family members migrated to Israel, either prior to statehood or after living in South Africa. I would welcome any information, even if marginally related to my family, such as knowledge of life in Anassisic/Anusshishok. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, and can be reached at farrellbloch@aol.com

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