Post 172: 75 Sefer Torah dedicated at the Kotel Plaza and President Barack Obama brazenly lied to the American public

I originally received this notice: I left our apartment at 6PM, anticipating that there would be no public transportation to the Old City. I arrived in time for the dedication. The ceremony spilled over with the high security. White cloth was draped  around the entire periphery and sharpshooters were set up on all the roofs. Iwas able to take the photos while standing inside my friend’s apartment. No one was permitted outside. Police came to our door to gain access to the roof.

The women began their prayers at the Kotel at 10 PM. I understand that 500 women gathered,

Two events were planned for the same place and same time. The Tehillim was postponed until after the Sefer Torah dedication.

Womens ‘Tehillim’

at the Kotel for our beloved Hennie

Wednesday, August 12, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Rabbi Mordechai Machlis and Rebbetzin Hennie are the Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imenu of our generation. They have hosted over 400,000 people in their home for over 35 years on Shabbat …serving 3 delicious homemade meals made by Hennie and her beautiful daughters with a smile… watching them cook and prepare for Shabbat in their tiny kitchen is an inspiration to behold…and there is always more than enough food for everyone… all those BIG pots and pans bear witness to the warmth and sanctity of Hennie’s kitchen…and to see hundreds of people eating and singing and rejoicing and sharing ‘Dvar Torah’ at their Shabbos ‘tisch’ in their humble apartment is a wonder..

Yes… our Hennie is this most amazingly beautiful tzeddekas ..filled with kindness and compassion and understanding and so much love ….as soon as you meet her you feel she is your very best friend,…and she is and will be forever……and she has thousands of ‘best friends’ all over the world.

Imagine that!

And now our precious Hennie, Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza,

needs all of us to comfort her and to to pour out our hearts in prayer and to gently storm the gates of Heaven for a speedy and complete ‘refuah schlema.’

We love you Hennie…we are with you…we are here for you…we need you…your husband and children and grandchildren need you.. all your ‘best friends’ need you…the lost and lonely need you.. and ‘Klal Israel’ needs you.


So everyone please join us and bring your Tehillim…

meet at the Kotel water fountain by the women’s section 8 pm

Please forward to friends!

For more info: 0524754492

75 Sefer Torah dedicated at the Kotel Plaza

75 Torah Scrolls Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers at Kotel

kotel sefer torah

A ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Kotel in which 75 Torah scrolls were dedicated in the memory of the 75 soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge. In attendance were thousands of onlookers and the families of the fallen, President Reuven Rivlin, Chief Rabbis, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, chief of staff Gadi Eisencott, Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, and others.

Most of the Torah scrolls survived the Holocaust in a basement in Romania, and were then moved to a location, thanks to a large contribution made by Jews in the Diaspora. The torah scrolls will not stay at the Western Wall, but will be transferred to the synagogues across the country. One book will remain at the Western  Wall.

During the solemn ceremony, the president, defense minister and other officials wrote the last letters in the scrolls, along with the families of the fallen. Rivlin spoke and said, “I am writing to honor the sanctity of the Torah scroll. The Jewish people chose the Torah to commemorate the death of our loved ones. These scrolls constitute our true identity. The Torah of the Jewish people has marched with alongside us in high and low, good and bad. The Torah accompanied us in our wanderings in exile and in our redemption. From it we drew strength and faith “.

“Our sons who were  killed on the altar of the homeland remain as eternal letters. These scrolls are our identity, they are a symbol of continuing life. The nation continues to grow and flourish. An eternal symbol of a nation that has returned to its country, revived its language, and set up a magnificent country. A nation that does not forget, nor will it ever forget, its loved ones, “said Rivlin.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also spoke and said ‘We are still in our War of Independence. We are surrounded by countries, entities and organizations which do not accept our existence here, or the existence of a national home for the Jewish people, and we are forced to fight back against those who seek to destroy us. We will not compromise our security, and will not allow illusions to dictate the agenda. We will work intensely for the safety of Israel’s citizens, and we will lay our hands on the terrorists and their dispatchers, anytime, anywhere. ”

Yehoram Gaon sang at the ceremony while the scrolls were brought out one after another, with special covers, carried by police officers, Border Guard officers and soldiers.




Now you see the entire span set up for this event

The 75 Sifrei Torahs are lined up along the three arches

The Prime Minister and the President arrieved by motorcade and drove behind screens.


By: ZOA Staff
August 12, 2015

Obama Apparently Lied to U.S. Public: Accepted Iran’s “Right” To Enrich While Demanding It Cease Enrichment


report from the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) has apparently brought to light the existence of a secret letter revealing that the Obama Administration secretly approached the Iranian leadership in 2011, offering to recognize Iran’s alleged right to uranium enrichment — a right that does not exist under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which Iran signed — in return for Iran negotiating a resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.
If true, this means that President Barack Obama brazenly lied to the American public when his Administration continued stating, after that date, that the U.S. demand an end to Iranian uranium enrichment activities.
Thus, when, on April 7, 2012, President Obama’s National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor, said that “Our position is clear: Iran must live up to its international obligations, including full suspension of uranium enrichment as required by multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions,” he was deceiving the American people.
This report is apparently true and if so, the conclusion is inescapable — President Obama brazenly lied and knowingly misled the American public on this vital matter.
These secret negotiations also contradict President Obama’s words on July 14, 2015, when he announced the nuclear deal signed with Iran saying that the U.S. had just spent “two years of negotiations” with Iran, when, in fact, it appears the Obama Administration began negotiations as early as 2011, not in 2013 as indicated in his speech.
According to MEMRI, which translated portions of various statements by several senior Iranian leaders in the Iranian media (the newspapers Tasnim and Iranand the websites,, the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a June 23, 2015 speech that the Obama Administration made the approach in 2011 through Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, who told the Iranians that the Americans said, “We want to solve the nuclear issue and lift sanctions within six months, while recognizing Iran as a nuclear power.”

Hossein Sheikh Al-Islam, an advisor to Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, specified that the 2011 letter came from then-Senator John Kerry,  who was at that time head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but who was also acting as an unofficial envoy on Iran for President Obama. Iranian vice president and top negotiator, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that Secretary Kerry, while still a senator, had been appointed by President Barack Obama to handle the nuclear contacts with Iran.

Various senior Iranian figures from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei down have disclosed that a 2011 letter from now-Secretary of State Kerry was sent to the Iranians via Oman, stating that the U.S. was offering to recognize Iran’s rights regarding the nuclear fuel enrichment cycle in return for Iran sitting down and negotiating a resolution of the nuclear issue. This was followed by secret meetings of Iranian and U.S. officials and Iran issuing four demands, including that the U.S. recognize Iran’s right to uranium enrichment; that the deal must close the Iranian nuclear dossier; and that the issue of the possible military dimensions of Iran’s past nuclear activities be “resolved.”

Before the 2013 Iranian presidential elections, according to Iranian Vice President,and head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, three rounds of talks took place in Oman, and at these talks the Americans officially recognized Iran’s right to enrich uranium (which President Obama had offered to do in 2011) (‘Iranian Senior Officials Disclose Confidential Details From Nuclear Negotiations: Already In 2011 We Received Letter From U.S. Administration Recognizing Iran’s Right To Enrich Uranium,’ MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 6131, August 10, 2015).

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “This report is apparently true and if so, the conclusion is inescapable — President Obama brazenly lied and knowingly misled the American public on this vital matter.

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“The accounts of this secret diplomacy provided by MEMRI are so detailed that they lend credence to the report.
“If the accounts are true, then, in a sense, the public negotiations since 2013 have been a charade. When these public negotiations commenced in 2013, President Obama had already agreed to Iran’s ‘right’ to uranium enrichment.
“Not only that, but he was deceiving American allies regarding America’s resolve to stop Iranian enrichment, not least America’s most reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel.
“No country is subject to such great, indeed existential, danger from Iran as America’s greatest ally, Israel, yet it was not consulted, it was kept in the dark.
“Even without this new revelation, we have already learned that we are unable to trust President Obama’s word when it comes to Iran. He promised to do many things, yet, with the Iran nuclear deal signed last month in Vienna, he didn’t fulfill a single one of them, including:
“President Obama’s demand that Iran dismantle its centrifuges! — dropped.
“His demand that Iran shutter its plutonium facility at Arak! — dropped.
“His demand that Iran shutter its underground nuclear facility at Fordow! — dropped.
“His demand that Iran accept ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections — free, unfettered and unannounced inspections of all suspected nuclear sites! — dropped.
“His demand that Iran fully account for the military dimensions of its past clandestine nuclear research and development programs! — dropped.
“His insistence that non-nuclear sanctions imposed on Iran for its role in international terrorism and abuses of human rights remain firmly in place! — dropped.
“His forcefully proclaiming that he would not deal in the nuclear agreement with any non-nuclear issues, like human rights abuses, the hanging of gays, releasing four innocent Americans from Iranian prisons, terrorism! — yet agreed to lift bans on Iran’s purchasing conventional weapons and missiles several years down the line.
“In light of all these apparent lies and deceptions — most recently falsely claiming in his speech at the American University that this nuclear deal ‘permanently’ prevents Iran develop nuclear weapons — how can we trust anything President Obama or Secretary Kerry say about this Iran deal, especially since we know nothing of the secret side deals made, which Secretary Kerry says he hasn’t even read.
“How could they have concluded a final deal with Iran when Secretary Kerry says he hasn’t even read the secret annexes?
“President Obama and Secretary Kerry have lost all credibility on this issue.”

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Catering for four vegetarians, on Shabat, try this Moroccan vegetable platter. So easy and went down like a treat. Chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, carrots, chopped apple, sweet potato, asparagus, cauliflower, moroccan spice mix and topped with warm pine nuts. She served it with a dressing made from herbs and  olive oil. Its a keeper.



1 large sweet potato
1 lemon
6 3/4 tablespoons Moroccan spice mix
1 green apple
2 large carrots
½ cauliflower
1 can chickpeas washed and drained
1 bunch mint roughly chopped
½ cup kale roughly chopped
1 bunch asparagus
1 bunch cherry tomatoes left on the vine
Olive oil
½ cup pine nuts
6 3/4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt


  1. Heat your oven at 200°C
    Chop your sweet potato in half and dry bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Slice the carrots lengthways, and place them on another tray, along with roughly chopped cauliflower and asparagus spears. Pour a small amount of olive oil and lemon juice mixture over the top and sprinkle with Moroccan spice mix. Put them in the oven and bake everything for another 25-30 minutes.
  3. Coarsely chop the mint, green apple and kale and set aside.
  4. Take your vegetables out of the oven, replace with a tray of pine nuts. Bake on high for 2-3 minutes till the nuts are golden then remove from the oven.
  5. Start composing the dish by layering the greens with the apple, roasted vegetables, one can of washed and drained chick peas and pine nuts. Place the roast sweet potato on top; add a bunch of cherry tomatoes and the asparagus to the side.
  6. Mix 5 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the Moroccan seasoning. Add the juice of half a lemon and stir.
  7. Spoon the dressing over the top of the platter and serve.

Serves 4 adults


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