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ELIANA BENADOR: A WEEK OF REPENTANCE

Posted By on October 1, 2014

Repentance, that magic word.  And this world has so much to repent for.

The world at large will be on trial this coming Saturday, and the vast majority ignores this.  If they only knew.

Life means to be responsible for one another.  The mischiefs and crimes of some are responsibility of others.  The goodness of some reflects on the life of others.

An element of true Repentance or Teshuva is in its perfection, according to the Rambam, is when a person is faced with the opportunity to commit a sin which he has previously transgressed, but due to his repentance, he does not succumb. The Talmud teaches that a person who repeatedly transgresses a certain sin views the sin as a permissible act.

The Rambam teaches us that the mindset which is required for Teshuva is one in which a person divorces himself from his actions of the past. A person must feel that his past actions do not reflect his true nature, and furthermore, that under the same exact circumstances he would not repeat them. Perhaps he may sin again in the future, but that is not because the behavior is ingrained in him from the past.

We cannot guarantee that we will never sin again. However, the knowledge that the sinful acts of the past are not part of our present will ensure that they are not motivating factors for committing the same sin in the future.

A person must feel that his past does not control him. The ability to come to this realization is not a difficult task. If a person is truly interested in changing his way of life, this mindset will be natural and accessible to him.

 How to forgive?

Look in the mirror. Recognize that you are a difficult person to live with, that you have your own imperfections and limitations that others have to deal with all the time. Forgive the weaknesses of others the same way you overlook your own mistakes.

See the Big Picture. Think of Yom Kippur as a lookout on the top of a mountain that you have been climbing all year. See your days and their moments spread out before you. Be willing to look now at this big picture of your life. Your ultimate goals. Your beliefs. See each person in your life as part of that picture. What lesson have they taught you even if you had to learn it through pain? What message is God sending you by putting this person in your life?

Say Something. Asking forgiveness doesn’t require a long letter or a meticulously planned speech. Often we just need to say something. Anything.I’m sorry. Let’s start over. I want to talk. It’s that first step that begins to chip away at the buried resentment.

Break the Cycle. Sometimes we get into patterns with people that we love that aren’t working. Even if you feel that you are ‘right,’ break out of the cycle. Stop having the same argument over and over again. Have the courage to put blame aside and say: Let’s start over. “Insanity is not doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results; insanity is doing the same thing over and over again knowing full well what the results will be.” Anonymous

Forgive Life. Sometimes we resent others for hard circumstances in our own lives. It is easier to blame people than to face our own disappointments. We need to go one step further. To forgive God for all of our frustrations and challenges. To forgive Him for hiding His Face when we needed Him most. To forgive Him for the times when it seemed like He gave up on us altogether. To now turn around and say thank You. For life. For another chance. For the gift of forgiveness itself. Knock incessantly on the closing gate of Yom Kippur. He wants to forgive us and for us to forgive.

So much to learn and to forgive.  And, yet, the most amazing is that there are for the future also other ways to repent.

We are told that there are, on a daily basis, courts that are working 24 hours.  Those judges are G d’s angels, and do not have His Compassion, His Rachamim.

However, we can have access to G d IF we decide to repent on a daily basis.  Our sages say, one hour a day for prayer and repentance is necessary.  We need to review the actions and behaviour of each day and accept those transgressions, repent and promise that we will never do it again.

It seems that HaShem is there, ready to forgive us with the added bonus that by doing this, we have a credit in our favour in the afterlife, and that makes this effort so very worthwhile.

Chatima tova…  May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year.

Eliana Benador

Eliana Benador: Litmus Test of Obama’s Allegiance

Posted By on September 10, 2014

What makes the world expect that the otherwise pro-Muslim leaders of the Western hemisphere are going to step up to the challenge and actually fight those who, with their actions are precisely implementing the global dream of world domination on behalf of Islam and its all-encompasing, ad hoc legal system, sharia?

To be sure, leaders of the so-called Western civilization, have appeared threatening with grandiose statements such as the American Vice-President Joe Biden’s vow to “follow ISIL to gates of hell.” He also said that, “The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand… ” Which “American people?” Maybe he refers to the civilian mercenaries that the current administration is going to shove down people’s throats?

At the international level, Americans “top diplomatic and defense leaders pressed a core coalition of 10 nations to summon the willpower to go after the Islamic State group in Iraq militarily and financially, and said they must build a plan by the time the U.N. General Assembly meets in about two weeks.”

When President Barack Obama delivered his infamous Cairo Speech in 2009, he said “ … throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.” And also, “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

True to his word, the president has implemented measures that have facilitated the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration at key jobs of his administration.

Under his leadership, his administration ordered the removal of any rhetoric including Islam and Muslim terrorism from official manuals at government institutions, such as the FBI, CIA, DHS, and so on.

When Major Nidal Malik Hassan committed a terrorist attack against his innocent unsuspecting colleagues at Fort Hood, murdering 13 people and wounding 32 others in 2009, his was labeled “workplace violence,” not terrorism, and has remained so until now. He was sentenced to death, unanimously, in August 2013. However, as no active-duty service member has been executed since 1961, legal experts argue that it will probably take many years, if ever, before the sentence will be carried out. And, here comes the main caveat: a military death sentence requires final approval by the president, as commander in chief. Would Obama approve that? It is highly unlikely.

Obama’s allegiance to Islam is consistent: This story was published last year in Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine. It announced the appointments of six Muslim Brotherhood operatives to key positions, thus the White House went “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world, to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

A few weeks ago, on August 20, in the aftermath of James Foley’s beheading, Obama advanced his understanding of the Islamic State: “So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.”

The president initially wanted to erase any association between the Islamic State and Islam but, for each atrocity committed by those terrorists, there exists theflagrant evidence of a Koran edict:

“Beheading people: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Koran 47:4).

Subjugating women and girls: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them” (Koran 4:34).

Killing Muslims: “They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another)… But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya’ (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them” (Koran 4:89).

Killing Christians: “Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Koran 9:29).”

Later, at a press conference in Estonia, the president first addressed the danger with a forceful rhetoric, only to retract his position a few sentences later: “We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.”

Indeed. “shrinking” may be the president’s goal of his speech tonight.

How can anyone expect the son of a Muslim, in this case, the American president, to plan to annihilate these or any other Muslims for that matter?

Besides, it is also natural that Mr. Obama will not hesitate to send troops, most likely elite teams, of course. Bankrupting America in every possible way, is within the line of this administration.

On the other hand, the Arab League of nations is “uniting” to fight and stop the Islamic State.

It is hard to imagine Iran joining forces with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Al Qaeda, and others, and figure where the Muslim Brotherhood will fit in all this and who will be against whom. In the case of Syria, President Basher al-Assad has been fighting for years against the terrorists that Obama helped and had it not been for the intervention of President Vladimir Putin, he would be history now. To the forceful anti-Putinists, a question: Assad could be replaced by the Al Qaeda terrorists and, currently, even by the bloodier thirstiest sub-humans? Now there is a lot of choice. This, naturally, is providing the golden opportunity to bring down President Assad’s compound, in one of those air strikes.

However, the only ones who can straighten this, may be the militaries of Muslim Middle Eastern countries. They speak the same language, share the same culture and civilization.

If there is anyone who can save the day, it will be the armies of Muslim countries who will not put up with the sub-humans who are beheading babies, young children and adults, who are raping, enslaving and mutilating women, who are burying alive their own and the yazidis and Christian populations, who are lining up hundreds of men and shooting them like cowards, on the back, and more and worse.

However, the main question remains: What if this is the dream situation to achieve Muslim world domination? And, with his track record, would President Barack Obama really want to stop that?

After all, the zombies are not about to wake up.

©ElianaBenador

Eliana Benador: strategist consultant, adviser, opinion leader, writer, and speaker, was founder of Benador Associates and is head of Benador International, Geneva, Switzerland. Her website is www.elianabenador.com. You may follow her on TwitterLinkedInFacebook.

REAL LOVE: BORN *AND* BRED

Posted By on August 20, 2014

B”H
In other words, unless you are a proud, angry person,
you will accept your best friend and your love the way
HaShem sent this person to you.
Why? Simply because challenges are there to serve as
lessons to you. They are tests to your patience, to you
understanding, to your compassion, to your acceptance. Accepting you as you are
Above all, they are tests for your capacity to really “love”.
And, real love is not only born. Real love is born and bred.

©ElianaBenador

ELIANA BENADOR: LEARNING FROM OUR SHORTCOMINGS

Posted By on August 17, 2014

B”H

We all have shortcomings. We all make mistakes. And each of them should become a stepping stone to make us better persons. Surely, the number one element is to accept we are wrong. Number two is to decide if we “need” to change. Number three, is to decide if we “want” to change. Number four, is to decide if it is “worthwhile” to change. If you answer all the above with a massive “yes”, then you need to set up a plan. And Item Number one is: A daily reminder. 

Indeed, a “reminder” is a precious note that will remind you of your commitment to succeed changing what you need to change. 

Do not let anyone fool you when people tell you “I am too old to change.” 

That’s totally false. 

With age, we become mature, but not rotten. That will come when we are no longer alive. With age, we become wiser to learn to prioritise what’s truly important for us and that what’s not -according to your brain and your heart. 

The brain will make you think logically and wisely. 

And the heart will make you compassionate so you won’t behave like a robot. 

Those were my random thoughts for the beginning of our week. 

In all, do your best, with your brain and with your heart. 

And, leave the outcome to HaShem 

Eliana Batsheva Benador

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DEAR WORLD, THIS IS *OUR* WAY. SIGNED, THE JEWS

Posted By on July 8, 2014

B”H

JEWS WORLDWIDE ARE BEING HUMILIATED, PERSECUTED, TERRORISED, MUTILATED, RAPED AND KILLED, MASSACRED, ON AN INCREASING FASHION.

WE ARE BASICALLY BACK TO THE 1920s. 

ISRAELI LEADERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN FORCEFUL. IF THEY BELIEVED IN G D. BUT THEY DON’T. 

RABBIS WORLDWIDE SHOULD HAVE SHOWN CLARITY AND THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN FORCEFUL. 

BUT, NONE, NONE OF THEM ARE THERE TO TELL US WE ARE NOT TO BE AFRAID AND WE DO NOT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE WORLD’S EVIL INTENTIONS. 

AND SO ISRAEL IN THE NAME OF THE IDOLATROUS HELLENISTIC “DEMOCRACY” GIVES SAME RIGHTS TO PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT EVEN LIVE THERE AND WHO ARE CALLING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PEOPLE OF G D. 

AND THE RABBIS HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING WITH ISLAMISTS, THEY OPENED OUR SYNAGOGUES TO OUR SWORN ENEMIES, THOSE WHO ARE AFTER OUR THROATS AND THE THROATS OF OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS.

WHY????

BECAUSE NONE OF THEM BELIEVE IN G D. 

THEY MAY HAVE WEAPONS, THEY MAY HAVE PRAYER BOOKS. 

BUT THEY HAVE NO FAITH IN G D. 

SURE SOME OF US WILL DIE. 

BUT NO WORRIES, OUR SOULS ARE IN THIS WORLD LEARNING. 

OUR DEATH IS ONLY TEMPORARY. 

OUR LIVES HAVE THEREFORE TO BE MEANINGFUL. 

AND, IS THERE ANYTHING MORE MEANINGFUL THAN FIGHTING THE MOST IMPORTANT WAR ON BEHALF OF G D?

THE WORLD HATE US ANYWAY. 

LET’S GIVE THEM A GOOD REASON TO REALLY HATE US.

LET’S STOP BEING VICTIMS. 

AFTER ALL, WE ARE G D’S CHOSEN CHILDREN. 

IN DOING SO, WE WILL LEARN AND WE WILL TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE VALUES THAT ARE APPROVED BY G D. 

LIKE NO JEW EVICTS ANY JEW FROM THEIR HOME. 

LIKE, NO JEW DESTROYS A SYNAGOGUE. 

LIKE, JEWS WILL AND MUST THINK OF JEWISH WELL-BEING FROM NOW, FIRST, WITH NO QUALM, WITH NO REGRET, WITH NO WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK, BECAUSE WE ARE BORN TO BE SURVIVORS. 

WE ARE BORN TO GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD, THE LIGHT OF HASHEM. 

HASHEM ECHAD

©ElianaBenador

 

 prof pic Eliana Benador: strategist and risk consultant, adviser, intelligence analyst, opinion writer, speaker. Founder of Benador Associates and Benador International. Her website is www.elianabenador.com. Follow her on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn.

JEWS IN WORLDWIDE DANGER

Posted By on July 7, 2014

B”H

In these dire times, Jews worldwide are in danger. 

There is no one who is standing up to defend the rights of our people. 

We all have hoped Israel and the leadership would be doing so. 

But, as you can see, murder after murder, massacre after massacre, 

they are not with us. 

They have joined the clan of globalisation forgetting that we are Jews, 

that we do not mix with the nations of the world, even though we are here 

for them, to help and guide whenever possible. 

But our role is not to mix. 

Our role, given by HaShem in regard to the rest of the world, 

is TIKUN OLAM, to be the Light to the World, on His Behalf. 

How? How are we the Light to the World? 

Believing in G d as the source of our strength, our wisdom, 

our experience and all that what is goodness and loving kindness. 

But strength also means the power to know what is Right 

from what is Wrong. 

For all that, we don’t only need to thrive in the material area which 

we already do. 

We need above all to be strong in our belief and emunah in Him. 

Only then He will make more miracles for us and only then, 

the world will respect us and be inspired by us and then 

all peoples in the world will join with us by their free will. 

Just some food for thought. 

Eliana Batsheva Benador

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THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND MUSLIM TERRORISM

Posted By on July 7, 2014

B”H

After significant 18 days, 18 been our number for CHAI, life, the bodies of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were found. Now, this happens not even a week after they were put to rest. It seems to me unlikely that any Jew would do this. And, even if they did this other crime and it should be punishable, we should wait 18 days to do so. Muslim terrorists count with brains who mastermind their every move. 9/11 was 911 the emergency number in America. 18 is also a meaningful cypher for us: Chai. Then, who ever killed the Arab teenager, did it so in purpose so we could interrupt our mourning and the mourning of the parents of the three, turning this other event in the major one, where the whole world can concentrate against Jews again. Now, do you really think Jews did this? If they did, they must have been crying tears of blood from the horrible pain to see our people being attacked, massacred again and again. At the end of the day, the world IS against us. Naturally, I do not support terrorism under any circumstance. BUT, please let us mourn our own first at least for one week. Is that too much to ask? And, think. It’ s not like we can trust the government of Israel. That much I am sure of.

©ElianaBenador

ISRAEL’S EYAL, GILAD AND NAFTALI: FROM 9/11 TO 18

Posted By on July 7, 2014

B”H

After significant 18 days, 18 been our number for CHAI, life, the bodies of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were found. Now, this happens not even a week after they were put to rest. It seems to me unlikely that any Jew would do this. And, even if they did this other crime and it should be punishable, we should wait 18 days to do so. Muslim terrorists count with brains who mastermind their every move. 9/11 was 911 the emergency number in America. 18 is also a meaningful cypher for us: Chai. Then, who ever killed the Arab teenager, did it so in purpose so we could interrupt our mourning and the mourning of the parents of the three, turning this other event in the major one, where the whole world can concentrate against Jews again. Now, do you really think Jews did this? If they did, they must have been crying tears of blood from the horrible pain to see our people being attacked, massacred again and again. At the end of the day, the world IS against us. Naturally, I do not support terrorism under any circumstance. BUT, please let us mourn our own first at least for one week. Is that too much to ask? And, think. It’ s not like we can trust the government of Israel. That much I am sure of. 

Eliana Batsheva Benador

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT BETRAYING THE JEWS

Posted By on July 6, 2014

B”H

The treacherous Israeli government is more intent to show the damn world that they care about the enemy.

What is that telling us?

We are not even able to mourn our massacred children.

We are being put in a position that no matter what we do and how we feel, we will always be seen as the culprits.

Do you like that?

We have now to feel sorry for the enemy’s kids -and if I say I don’t care, they will tell me, how can I be so inhuman.

But am I inhuman for grieving for our kids that were 18 days taken away and G d only knows what they did to them. 

EVEN the fact of giving them back on the 18th day was evil. 

They know the number 18 is CHAI for us.
It was like they did the September 11 massacre, 9/11… See the correlation?

©ElianaBenador

ELIANA BENADOR: FYI SUNDAY TALK SHOWS – JULY 6TH, 2014

Posted By on July 6, 2014

SUNDAY Talk Shows

July 6th, 2014

Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows:

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.

MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

THIS WEEK (ABC): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas

STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Alan Long, mayor of Murrieta, California; Michelle Howard, the Navy’s first female four-star admiral.