COPS: JEW GUYS NEED TO TALK!

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By REUVEN FENTON

Binyamin Lifshits refuses to negotiate with a rival Orthodox Jewish patrol group.
TURF WAR: Binyamin Lifshits refuses to negotiate with a rival Orthodox Jewish patrol group.

The NYPD is trying to settle a long-running dispute between two rival Orthodox Jewish patrol groups – and keep them from taking the law into their own hands – by uniting them into one police-supervised unit, The Post has learned.

The challenge is getting them to cooperate.

Shmira and Shomrim, private crime-patrol organizations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, have been rivals since the late ’90s, when they split.

Shmira has agreed to the merger, which was proposed in June. Shomrim has refused.

The plan would create a united, NYPD-trained patrol group the department would supervise and partially fund, a source said.

Shomrim spokesman Binyamin Lifshits says the group is concerned that the NYPD would monitor all emergency calls – including private matters like domestic disputes, which the Orthodox community wants to settle on its own.

But Shomrim’s larger objection is with Shmira, which Shomrim has accused of trying to sabotage its operations by slashing patrol-car tires, making prank emergency calls and falsely informing on Shomrim to the police.

“We don’t sit down with Shmira,” Lifshits said of his rivals, which split from Shomrim in 1999 after certain members were thrown out for alleged past criminal activity.

“The police are trying to twist our arms to work with them. This we cannot accept.”

But Yossi Stern, 38, the director of Shmira, laughs at claims made against his group.

“It’s all a bunch of rhetoric. Show me a police report,” he said. “We’re not out to harass anybody. We’re out to do a service for the community.”

The NYPD has long been frustrated with both patrols. It came to a head this year on April 14 when a member of Shmira attacked the black college-student son of a police officer.

Additional reporting by Murray Weiss

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28 Responses to “COPS: JEW GUYS NEED TO TALK!”

  1. doodle Says:

    nice picture of the dude

  2. Yossi Fraenkel Says:

    Mr inspector,
    you put down Shomrim and Praise a organization that just a few months ago was the center of the media frenzy where they got the blame for beating a child on the streets of crown heights. people who terrorize our community.
    WHERE WERE THEY WHEN AN OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER WAS INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT??????
    WHERE WERE THEY WHEN DETECTIVE OFFICER RUSSEL TIMOSHENKO WAS ON HIS DEATHBED, WHEN EVERY SINGLE OFFICER NO MATTER WHAT RANK WERE IN NEED OF COMFORT AND RELIEF, WHEN EVERY MEMBER OF SHOMRIM CAME TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT AND OFFER ASSISTANCE?????
    WHERE WERE THEY WHEN A COP GOT INJURED?????
    WHO ARE THE ONES THAT WHEN A COP GETS INJURED THEY COME DOWN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH CASES UPON CASES OF WATER AND SNACKS SO THE OFFICERS DON’T PASS OUT IN THE HOSPITAL CORRIDORS???? WHO ARE THE ONES THAT ASSIST THE POLICE ALL THE TIME??????
    I’M SORRY TO TELL YOU INSPECTOR, IT IS SHOMRIM CHECK IT UP FOR YOURSELF, ASK THE DAY TO DAY POLICE OFFICERS, ASK THE CHIEF, ASK THE COMMISSIONER, ASK THE BOROUGH, ASK THE 4X12 SHIFT, ASK THE 8X4 SHIFT, ASK THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT, ASK THE IMPACT TEAM, ASK THE A.P.L. TEAM, ASK EVERY PERSON IN THE DEPARTMENT WHO WORKS AND HAS GIVEN THEMSELVES TO HELP THE POLICE WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY, WHO’S THE ONES THAT EVEN LAST NIGHT GOT CALLED TO ASSIST A POLICE OFFICER ON THE STREET, DON’T EVEN ASK ME FOR NAMES CAUSE I’M NOT GONNA GET THAT OFFICER IN TROUBLE.
    AND YOU STILL PRAISE SHMIRA, WHO WHEN THERE WAS AN INJURED OFFICER WERE CAUGHT 3 TIMES TRYING TO GO INTO THE ROOM WHERE THE OFFICER WAS LYING TO TRY AND TAKE PICTURES TO RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC, AFTER BEING THROWN OUT OF THE HOSPITAL THEY TRIED GOING THROUGH ANOTHER DOOR, OH AND I ALMOST FORGOT THEY FLASHED A NICE GOLD SHIELD.
    AND YOU SUPPORT THESE DECEITFUL PEOPLE, ONE OF WHO THREATENED ME, YES ME! YOSSI FRAENKEL WHO A FEW WEEKS EARLIER GOT A CALL FROM HIM, CAN I ARRANGE KOSHER FOOD FOR ONE OF HIS MEMBERS THAT GOT LOCKED UP IN THE 71 AND YES I DID, I TOOK FOOD DOWN AND HELPED SPEED THE PROCESS, JUST TO GET TERRORIZED BY A SICK ORGANIZATION IN RETURN,
    MR INSPECTOR YOU HAVE MY NUMBER I WOULD LIKE AN ANSWER, BUT NOT FROM ANYONE BUT YOURSELF SO YOU CAN ANSWER ME AND WE CAN HAVE A GREAT DEBATE ON THE TRUTH, ONLY THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

  3. antiCOP Says:

    So now there is going to be 4 patrols,
    Great what was the point exactly.

    Why didn’t they just keep with shomrim?
    shomrim has been working along with the police all these years and shmira has always been anti police, were in the common scents, whos the “big brains” behind all this?

    Whos going to take responsibility when the shit hits the fan?

  4. Law Says:

    the only ones taking the law in to their own hands have been the shmira.
    Thats how we got in to this mess to begin with , REMEMBER??????

  5. CHER Says:

    “The NYPD has long been frustrated with BOTH patrols.”

    Both Patrols????
    Why explain, how did shomrim exactly frustrate the NYPD.

    Can’t wait for a reply.
    Perhaps stern with his big slimy deceitful mouth can come up with a reply for that. The truth is I don’t want to hear from the mossier.
    I want to hear from the Inspector himself.

  6. Stern full of HotAir Says:

    “composed in his trademark turgid “Up With People” meets “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” style. Literally the first four and a half pages of this turd are devoted to abstractions about peace, love, dignity, justice, and other types of sugar and spice that he likes to lard up his speeches with to make the poison go down more smoothly.”
    HotAir.com

  7. make a shturem Says:

    הכותרת קצת מטעה

    אם היה דבר כזה בארץ ישראל היו כותבים בכותרת חיסול חשבונות .

    האירגונים קיימים כבר בנפרד בערך 10 שנים.

    רק לפני 9 חדשים איזה טיפש בשמירה העלה את כל הריב לדרגות של מסירה ועכשיו מתנהל משפט נגד כמה מחברי השומרים. וכבר מתברר למשרד התובע פרטי העלילת דם שהעלילו אחדים מחברי השמירה.

    ובפרט אשר כמה מראשי הקהל קשורים לשמירה ובמילא יקשרו אותם לעלילת דם .

    פתאום אחרי 9 חדשים שלא עשו כלום שלא יגיע לחילול השם ולהוצאה הכספית הכרוכה בזה הם רוצים שלום?

    הם רוצים חיסול חשבנות .

    לחברי השומרים אסור לשבת בד’ אמות של המוסרים .

    ובכלל השאלה המתבקשת על כל הראיון שהשמירה על יהודים יהיה בפיקוח המשטרה. מי התיר להם למסור ביטחון של יהודים בידם ?

    אם המשטרה כ”כ טובה עד כדי לפקח וללמד אזרחים איך לשמור איך קורה שאחוזי הפשיעה גודלים ?

    האם מישהו מפריע למשטרה לשמור על אזרחי ניו יארק ?

    אם המשטרה באמת רוצים את ביטחון התושבים יש להם מספיק כח אדם ומספיק כסף.

    פה מסתתר איזה חיסול חשבונות .

    חברי איגוד השומרים מאוחדים עם שאר השכונות היהודיות של ניו יארק.

    שומרים הוא אירגון של חסד אין להם זמן לפולוטיקות והם לא ביקשו תרומה מאף אחד הכל ממומן ע”י החברים.

    החזיקו מעמד חזק הקב”ה ישמור אתכם .

    אתם צדיקים ואל משבו בד’ אמות של רשעים.

  8. make a shturem Says:

    לפני כעשרים שנה המשטרה הצליחה לפזר את הפטרול היהודי ע”י קבוצות חונכים ואז כולם בירכו על שיתוף הפעולה . והניו יארק פוסט פירסם כתבה אוהדת ובצירוף תמונות מהרב י.ב. שפילמאן ברכב פטרול ביחד עם הכומר השחור סאם.

    וכך עברו חיי היום יום בשלווה עד………. שנת 1991 הגיע הפוגרום הגדול ונשפך דם יהודי כמים ממש . ונלקח מאיתנו הקדוש יעקב רוזנבאום.

    ואז באותם ימים איומים שלא ישכחו מאיתנו לעןלם הוקם מחדש אירגון השומרים היהודי ובהוראת הרבנים שלא לערב גויים כלל וכלל ואפילו בשבת ויו”ט ישמרו יהודים ופיקוח נפש דוחה שבת.

    ומי הוא זה ואיזהו אשר קם בימים אלו ומוכן להפקיר את ביטחון השכונה שוב בידי אלו אשר לא שמרו עלינו בימי הפוגרום ?

    קול דמי אחינו יעקב רוזנבאום צועקים מן האדמה .

    ויש להוסיף בפס”ד בשו”ע הלכות שבת שכט

    עכו”ם שצרו על עיירות ישראל, אם באו על עסק ממון
    אין מחללין עליהם את השבת.
    באו על עסקי נפשות, ואפילו סתם, יוצאים עליהם בכלי זיין
    ומחללין עליהם את השבת.
    ובעיר הסמוכה לספר, אפילו לא באו אלא על

    עסקי תבן וקש מחללין עליהם את השבת.

    קראון הייטס לכל הדעות היא עיר הסמוכה לספר.

  9. leib shmok skoblo Says:

    as jews have to ask the rabbi let shmokaneti ask the rabbi to give him a ketter to make a cop patrol .

    i think shmukaneti with rabbi shwaii can get along just tell rabbi shwai that eistern parkway is not in crown heights and u get anything you want.

    this is the brain of who to get shmukaneti to be the the peacemaking shmok ?

  10. john doe Says:

    A ONE STATE SOLUTION

    PEACE: the police were called to the scene of a fight between jews and blacks. the “fight” was shmira beating the crap out of a black kid. when police questioned the shmira gang member, the shmira gang member pointed to crownheights.info photographer and told police that the photographer beat the black kid. the crownheights.info photographer was promptly arrested and held at the 71st pricint for a few hours untill various good citizens got him out with no charges.

    PEACE: shmira gang member okonov serial jammed shomrims radio frenquency for an entire week non-stop, endangering jewish lives.
    he was not kicked out of shmira (shmira claims it’s a legitimate peaceful organization) and is still seen driving the gangs official looking car.

    PEACE: yanky prager threatens to kill a member of shomrim who dedicates his life to helping others.

    PEACE: police call coordinators of shomrim and say they have information that shomrim members beat a black (andrew charles) and they give names of shomrim members they want to turn themselves in. a shomrim member goes down to the 71 pricint and is questioned. (shomrim had absolutely nothing to do with the andrew charles beating).

    PEACE: yingy bistritzky, coordinator of hatzolah takes it upon himself to make “peace” between shomrim and the shmira gang. he fails miserably when he’s told by yossi stern that he will recieve a list of all the shmira gang which would be incorporated into shomrim, when yingy asks stern about the false charges againts shomrim that stern and paul the goy huebener orchestrated, stern says “what? you think i’m just gonna drop the charges?”

    After the shmira beat andrew charles they were all but finished even today they will not be caught dead in a shmira hat or jacket, yossi stern in his desperation started coming up with all kinds of reasons to save shmira.1. working with dov hikind for joint patrol with shomrim why???? 2. shmira will end itself…..on condition that shomrim does the same???? 3. working with police commish. ray kelly to have shomrim patrol one side of crown heights and have shmira patrol the other side???? 4. working with shmokenneti, new commander at the 71 pricint, for a one state solution to start up a community observation patrol (C.O.P.) in crown heights which would include shomrim, shmira (those without criminal record unless shmokenetti looks the other way) and anyone else that would like to join, all races and denominations. which would essentially dissolve and destroy shomrim.

  11. john doe Says:

    stern says “its all a bunch of rhetoric”

    taken from dictionary. this was the shortest translation i could find being that it seems this word (RHETORIC) is extremely complex with many different meanings and inflections
    rhet·o·ric [ réttərik ]

    noun

    Definition:

    1. persuasive speech or writing: speech or writing that communicates its point persuasively

    2. pretentious words: complex or elaborate language that only succeeds in sounding pretentious

    3. empty talk: fine-sounding but insincere or empty language

    4. skill with language: the ability to use language effectively, especially to persuade or influence people

    5. study of writing or speaking effectively: the study of methods employed to write or speak effectively and persuasively

    if the fact that shomrim has legitimate claims (paul heubener on many police reports,shmira member busted for vandalizing a shomrim scooter, and of course the notorious mossering of 6 shomrim members under the directions of stern himself) and all stern does is laugh and say “i’ts all a bunch of rhetoric” i’d like to know what he means.
    any smart people out there please leave your imput.

  12. Seriously 206.248.129.235 Says:

    So once again we see that Shomrim are the ones with an agenda. They are the ones that refuse to cooperate, they are not interested in the community, but rather themselves.

    This type of attitude does not help.

    Hey antishmira continue on your quest for truth I finally see why it is a good thing it inevitably leads to proving that Shomrim are the true culprits. You are the one who proved this!

    Keep it up my man! Keep it up.

  13. antimesira Says:

    I wonder
    I wonder
    What is Shomrims Agenda?

    Those who seem to know, please explain?

    Do they even have an agenda?

    Let’s see shomrim is saying we are not interested (we don’t need) to join any other group, we are totally capable of serving our brothers and sisters with out out side help.
    They have never asked the community for anything in return.
    What gain would community have if shomrim joins this group.

    I know a few people who signed on to this COP (who never patrolled our streets a day in their lives) all because they are excited about these “special” IDs that they will get. Those people, when you need help WONT BE THERE FOR YOU! they were not yesterday and wont tomorrow.

    Shomrim says “were doing just fine, all our units are volunteers, they TRULY want to be here, they TRULY want to help.

    AGENDA- AGENDA- AGENDA
    WHAT INDEED IS SHOMRIM AGENDA?

  14. Shomrim Friend Says:

    One shomrim member told me that he was approached by Semanetti himself in the store that he works in and was asked whether he wants to join this COP. He said they offered him a special ID with special treatment, he told them that he is shomrim and he would like to stay in shomrim.

    He told me that a lot of the Chevra (fellow units) were offered the same and they refused them. He also said that by the last shomrim meeting this issue was brought up and the coordinators informed the chevra that if they want to leave shomrim and join this cop it would only be their decision to make (they would be free to go). So far nobody left shomrim becuse of this.

    Now I ask, Why are you trying to force this on individuals who are free thinking people who have the Right to make their own choice in life?

    Yes it does indeed look like shomrim has an “AGENDA”,
    Thank g-d thats it’s a good AGENDA!

  15. john doe Says:

    a·gen·da [ ə jéndə ]

    noun (plural a·gen·das)

    Definition:

    1. list of things to do: a formal list of things to be done in a specific order, especially a list of things to be discussed at a meeting

    2. matters needing attention: the various matters that somebody needs to deal with at a specific time
    What’s your agenda for today?

    3. personal motivation: an underlying personal viewpoint or bias
    Of course she’s in favor, but then she has her own agenda.

    The reason i am writing the definitions of certain words that the shmira messira members and lovers use is that it seems that they know how to throw around a lot of words but really say nothing, what is shomrims underlying “AGENDA” that Seriously Says:???

    September 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm
    So once again we see that Shomrim are the ones with an agenda. They are the ones that refuse to cooperate, they are not interested in the community, but rather themselves.

    This type of attitude does not help.

    Hey antishmira continue on your quest for truth I finally see why it is a good thing it inevitably leads to proving that Shomrim are the true culprits. You are the one who proved this!

    Keep it up my man! Keep it up.

    IS IT THAT THEY THINK W.I.S. READERS ARE IGNORANT MORONS? OR ARE THEY IGNORANT MORONS? WHY DON’T THEY ENLIGHTEN US AND ACTUALLY EXPLAIN WHAT THEY ARE WRITING.

  16. leib shmok skoblo Says:

    who is biger and look more like a pig ?

    is it leib potz skoblo or pietre shmukaneti ?

    shomrim stay strong the best evidance that all this big tzadikim from hatoloh and the rest of the “good people”

    dose anyone remember to see them come to help when shomrim members was arested ?

    they were nowere to be found .

    now thy are big tzadikim ?

    are they for real ? did they show any good fait ? did they get the mesirah off ? did they kill paul hubener ym”sh ?

    you jew guys no need for your help go back to hatzolo or werever you came from .

    SHOMRIM ARE HERE FOR EVER .

  17. it's over for shmira Says:

    I guess shmira is indeed shutting down!

    Very niiiiiiiiice.

    Thank g-d shomrim stuck around!
    Don’t give in carry on!

  18. leib shmok skoblo Says:

    wow now they rant on the taliban website.

    they are going down big time.

    mendy henedel you are next dont say later that you didnt know.

    you are the leader of the mosrim and you go down with them .

  19. john doe Says:

    mendy henedel is another person who helped and supported the smira moissrem and the jihadist moissrem, instead of convincing the israeli jihadist to back off the false charges he encouraged them and said “this will teach shomrim a lesson”.

  20. Seriously 206.248.129.235 Says:

    Their agenda is to not cooperate as in “today’s agenda is to be uncooperative and refuse to make peace.” As in “today’s agenda is to continue causing machloikis.” As in “today’s agenda is to post things that are anti resolution and pro-fighting on my web site.”

    Sometimes for the better of the community you “give in” and be a part of the solution, their agenda is to be THE PROBLEM!

    John Dope; Why do you take the things that I say and try to twist them into something else?

    I hope I clarified my statements for you, and I hope that they are in line with Oxfords definition of AGENDA.

  21. The New Gangster Says:

    [I must say, when I read the article below I could not help my self to compeer the two situations just switch the word union to shmira)

    By Getzy Markowitz

    The era of the mob has come to a close. Once the fixtures of the back alley and in-your-face sudden attacks, the Capones and Gotiis have been relegated to movie screenings. The mafia still exists, but like bad Hollywood take-offs, they are generally try-hard copycats.

    However, many would argue that a new brand of mobsters have become legitimate criminals. Drive-by shootings are replaced by character assassinations in the drive-by media. A refusal of their demands will welcome impossible ones. Their wars have become deadlier and dirtier. Although wrong and offensive, they are backed by legal authority.

    A nation once united by a union force is now hostage to a fierce union movement that is more of a confederacy. The land of the free has been placed in shackles with the exception of the few resistant brave. These labor unions will twist their victims’ arms until they cry mercy, and finally yield. Claiming to protect workers’ rights, the union offends the freedoms granted them in the Bill of Rights. It is their way or the highway, and they are eager to take the low road to suit their interests.

    Consider 16 year old Danielle Cookson, an Albertson’s clerk. She refused to become a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, even after they had made it clear that joining was compulsory. The alternative was losing her job. Danielle is no activist; she simply did not want to pay the $80 initiation fee, plus a monthly membership of $30 to an organization she didn’t want to be part of. How could her rights be protected by people who would harm her for having rights to begin with?

    While we worry about terrorist sleeper cells, there are some active groups that should have triggered a wake-up call long ago. I don’t hesitate to compare some unions to terrorists. They hate our freedom and our very way of life; submit to their fundamentals or be damned.

    Since May, one of this country’s largest leftist unions has been bullying victims right in America’s heartland at the Agriprocessors meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa. Through fabrications, distortions, and exaggerations, the union has dealt a powerful blow to our nation’s righteous might. Their tactics are cowardly, while their opponents are admirably courageous. Agri’s only crime has been refusing to unionize, and choosing to be governed solely by the democratic political body we the people have elected.

    The union’s unbending determination has them bending the rules. The employees they sought to defend have been incarcerated for refusing their protection. The employers who provided the best for their human resources have been disparaged for allegedly doing the extreme opposite. To be sure, I am not accusing the unions of these despicable actions, I only need highlight their own statement: “It’s no longer sufficient to use a strike or other work disturbance to pressure a company to do the right thing. Increasingly, it’s necessary to pressure a company by causing a crisis of confidence among its customers, shareholders, directors or other constituents.”

    Even as the bulk of the ridiculous allegations has been controverted, the media have been sparing in rebuttals or clarifications. But as the mighty union fails to bring down an upright giant, selfishly the union won’t surrender and has moved on to new tactics. A Minnesota plant under their sway is now offering Agri workers better pay, being as they are “mistreated” and “underpaid.”

    I wonder why personnel would stay in a job whose package includes personal abuse and mistreatment? There is obviously a gap that could be filled by the competition. As wages are competitive, why would workers stay at an indecent Agriprocessors? If workers are so eager to leave the company, then why do they need to be bribed with a pay raise to do so?

    The truth, as documented in independent video interviews by organizations such as the Five Towns Jewish Times, is that staff at Agriprocessors say that they are happy with their working environment and treatment. One employee said that she was treated better and paid more than in her previous job at Tyson chicken. If the workers have complaints, Agriprocessors has encouraged them to make suggestions. By their own testimony, workers’ concerns are properly addressed.

    The liberty granted these unions is appalling, even as they threaten the everyday American’s own. Their opposers are treated as dissidents and will have their human rights threatened. While we need to stand up against these subjugators, identifying their hand when we see it is a good start.

  22. john doe Says:

    Seriously Says:

    September 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm
    Their agenda is to not cooperate as in “today’s agenda is to be uncooperative and refuse to make peace.” As in “today’s agenda is to continue causing machloikis.” As in “today’s agenda is to post things that are anti resolution and pro-fighting on my web site.”

    Sometimes for the better of the community you “give in” and be a part of the solution, their agenda is to be THE PROBLEM!

    John Dope; Why do you take the things that I say and try to twist them into something else?

    I hope I clarified my statements for you, and I hope that they are in line with Oxfords definition of AGENDA.

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES. THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT AND I WILL NEVER WASTE MY TIME ANSWERING OR QUESTIONING THE STUPIDY OF THIS GUY AGAIN. THIS IS WHY CROWN HEIGHTS HAS BECOME WHAT IT IS, BECAUSE OF BRAINLESS IDIOTS LIKE THIS GUY.

  23. levy Says:

    how about this:

    a series of olympic style tournaments to determine a clear winner.

    whoever wins more gold medals gets to be the only civilian patrol org.

    but i do admit, if one of the events are safecracking the shmira would win haha.

  24. Seriously 129.250.211.12 Says:

    Hey John,
    Is that how it works? When you have no reply I become an idiot? I think my answer to your question was a fair and legitimate answer. Your brilliant retort was…..well let’s just say STUPID.

    “STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES” Hey John……extremely intelligent statement.

    By the way what makes you think I’m a guy?

  25. Agenda Says:

    Seriously I must agree with john doe you are an idiot and a stupid moron, I will take you down with half my brain tied behind my head.

    You write:
    “I think my answer to your question was a fair and legitimate answer.”

    Really now? Let’s see.

    What is shomrims agenda.

    You write:
    “Their agenda is to not cooperate…”
    “their agenda is to be THE PROBLEM!”

    Again the question still remains, What is the Agenda for not wanting to cooperate, what is the agenda in making problems.

    [BY THE WAY, HOW, EXPLAIN PLEASE, IS A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS HELPING OTHER JEWS BOTHERING YOU OR ANYBODY FROM FORMING THIS PATROL? HOW ARE THEY GETTING IN THE WAY?]

    CHSP- CROWN HEIGHTS SECURITY PATROL?
    BS
    LAST I REMEMBER IT WAS
    CROWN HEIGHTS SHMIRA PATROL!
    NOW I ASK WHAT SHMIRAS AGENDA???

  26. Carry On Says:

    He found himself standing in the dark
    Facing an enemy who sought to slay his heart
    All alone, in the lack of night
    Without his family to aid him in his fight
    And as the dust rose up from the ground
    They battled endlessly to bring each other down
    The hours passed, had the time come to retreat?
    Perhaps surrender, and admit defeat

    A voice inside him said “Carry On”
    You must face your fear and persevere
    Until the light of dawn
    you’ll find a strength you never knew
    Buried deep inside of you
    Yes you will rise up, you must carry on

    We We all have moments, struggles day to day
    And it just seems easier, to throw it all away
    We must remember we can make the climb
    A gift of courage from the dawn of time

  27. History repeated Says:

    In Genesis 33:4, the Torah tells us about a kiss: after thirty-four years in which Jacob had fled his brother’s wrath, and in which Esau had never ceased plotting to kill him, Esau has a change of heart. Seeing Jacob approach, Esau runs to him, embraces him, and kisses him.

    But the word vayishakeihu, “and he kissed him,” has a line of dots above it, which is the Torah’s way of telling us that this was not a normal kiss. What was abnormal about this kiss? The Midrash cites two interpretations. One is that the Torah is telling us that it was not a true kiss — Esau was really trying to kill Jacob by biting his throat. The other interpretation is that Esau kissed Jacob with all his heart — that’s what was abnormal about the kiss, since “we know that it is a cardinal law of reality that Esau hates Jacob.”

    Either way you look at it, the bottom line is that Esau hates Jacob. No matter what Jacob does, Esau hates him. If Jacob appeases him, gives him gifts, acts towards him like the brother he is, Esau hates him even more. But why?

    Why does Esau hate Jacob? But first we should ask: Why does Esau exist at all? Why is there evil in our world? Why is there hatred and darkness? What would be wrong with a world consisting only of goodness, love and light?

    Evil exists because it is so much more powerful than good. Is there a lover in the world who loves with the intensity that a hater hates? Is there a light as bright as darkness is black? Has there ever been an act of kindness unleashed with the force and vigor contained in an act of cruelty?

    That is why, say the Kabbalists, G-d created evil. Darkness exists so that it should be transformed into light, resulting in a luminance infinitely greater than light itself could ever yield. Cruelty is implanted in the heart of man so that we should tap its intensity to fuel acts of kindness infinitely more potent than kindness itself could ever produce. Evil exists to be exploited by goodness.

    The soul of Esau knows this — that he exists solely to serve his younger brother. That no matter how ferociously he resists this truth, that ferociousness itself will ultimately be Jacob’s.

    That’s why Esau hates Jacob so much: because he knows that his hate is not his own.

  28. Escapism is not the Jewish way Says:

    “Every one of us must become a child of Israel. The quality of fearlessness and courage, of strength and sacrifice, these are the hallmarks of Israel. When we stop running away from our problems and face up to them with guts and fortitude, we enter that higher state of consciousness. We move up from the Jacob Jew, who is still struggling, to Israel mode, where we finally emerge triumphant. When we are prepared to take up the challenge and go for the fight rather than flight, we move from being wrestlers to becoming winners, from humble Jacob to dominant Israel.

    Of course it’s never easy. Escape is usually the path of least resistance. Nor am I suggesting that we go looking for a fight. But the fact is that there will be times when we know that we really need to have that confrontation. We need to square up to a particular problem or individual in order to deal with our situation effectively. We shouldn’t be confrontational people. But often we know in our heart of hearts that if we don’t engage a problem honestly it will continue to plague us.”

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