Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Legal Case for Israel

 No words can describe this genius video. Please watch, spread the word!

Wanton Destruction in Mitzpeh Yericho

I think what's most shocking is not the lack of response from the Israeli government, which is deplorable, but the lack of response from the Jewish community, in Israel and the Diaspora. Its almost as if we have become complacent, waiting for these things to happen and then shrugging out shoulders as if to say "what can you do?"

Here is a list to some of the articles about this attack:

Ignoring the Desecration Why should Israeli residents feel this way?
By Way of Miracle... It is a miracle that these vandals didn't hurt, maim or kill any of the Yeshiva Bochurim or Rebbeim.
"Where is Peres?"  I think we all know this answer...
No Arabs Hired Until peace is secured all over, I don't think Arabs should work anywhere in Israel with the main population. Some people may scream apartheid, but security and safety trump political correctness, or does that only work when NOT dealing with Israel and Jews?

Security Money While I am in no way shocked that this is happening, I also don't condone the desecration of Mosques or Monasteries. Judaism doesn't call for such behavior.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The High Holidays and Israel

As we are in the midsts of the highest, most spiritual days on the Jewish calendar, days of retrospection and repentance, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, I would be remiss if I didn't post something.

The longer I go without posting on Supporting Our Israel, the harder it becomes to write again. Whether right or wrong, I have had to put the site on the side. I would like to say that it is no more and that I will be returning to posting often. I fervently pray that this is the case (which is actually true, I did insert some type of prayer for my renewed attention to this project.) I have no answers on the matter, only to say I have so much to write about, and when I do, you will see the old Simon back, with new articles, showing the positive sides of Israel and their place in the world, but also a side which I wasn't sure if I wanted to bring out.

As many of my friends and family know, world events are an obsession of mine. More pointedly, how they are to affect the United States and Israel. My iPhone has email after email, RSS feed after RSS feed, apps and bookmarks of everything from Arutz 7 to Haaretz, Fox News to CNN, and things I should say I am ashamed to read as a lover of Israel, like +972 Magazine.

Since my last post, I have been watching in awe and amazement, good and bad, at the events unfolding worldwide. Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear monster, President Obama is up for reelection and I seriously doubt if he'll pull it off. A US Ambassador was murdered by Muslims and barely a sigh of aggravation was let out from the administration or Mitt Romney. The so called Arab Springs have turned the heat into Arab Summers, sweltering to every country, while the leaders and funders, Iran, would like to make the infidel countries experience the Arab/Nuclear Winter. The President of the United States has repeatedly made a fool of the the Prime Minister of Israel, the only ally in the region, at the same time, pandering to the animals still running amok in the World, angry at nothing other than the rest of the world isn't Muslim.

On the flip side, even though Israel brought home nothing in the Olympics, Jews around the world were proud to see Israel walk with their heads held high through the 1972/2012 Munich Controversy. Our little country remains strong on the forefront of Medical development in the world, working tirelessly to treat all diseases and maladies.

I have seen a few friends make Aliyah, which brings a happy and healthy jealousy into my life. My own brother, who made aliyah a few years ago, tells me that Israel is THE place to be. Yet, we have seen some of the giants of the Jewish religion, HaRav HaGaon Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Pinchas Sheinberg ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Nosson Tzvi Finkel ztz"l and many others, be called to the heavenly Beis Medrash.

The year has had tremendous ups and downs. For myself, my family and friends and for the Jewish nation as a whole and as we come upon Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance, it is important for all of us, yes, myself included, to look deep down. What can we change to better ourselves? How can we bring more positive "vibes" into the world? Maybe some more charity can be given or we can begin to stop slandering others.

We are coming upon some very perilous times in this world. The least we can do is to strengthen our resolve. We can strengthen our unity and work together to defeat the evil in this world to make it safe for us all.

I wish you all a G'mar Chatima Tova, a Gut Gebentche Yuhr, Shana Tova. I look forward to striking up a discussion with all of my readers again, soon.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Sitting and Waiting

As of late, it hasn't been enough to advocate for Israel. The reality of the situations with Iran and Gaza, the erroneous claims of Apartheid and other such examples of the insane goings on in the world against Israel is maddening. The world sits idly by while Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons, even people like Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, thinks that "we have more time."

Watch this video: Can you imagine what type of mixed message this exudes to the enemies of, not only Israel, but of the United States and our ways of life? Unfortunately, Meir Dagan, who believes he is doing and saying the right things is wrong. He fails to take history into account. Since when have sanctions stopped the undeniably insane from carrying out their missions? Has Hamas stopped their terror campaigns? How about Hezbollah? al-Qaeda? The obvious answer is no. Even in the time that Meir Dagan acted as the spymaster, when his hit squads succeeded, retaliation was quick to come, dropping missles on the south of Israel or sparking violent riots and/or homicides.

In regards to Iran, Israel should not act alone. Not because Israel couldn't handle it, because it is widely believed they could. Israel shouldn't act alone because the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and any other country with interests in not being attacked should act in a unified action. Iran has been responsible, either by themselves, or by proxy, for untold amounts of terrorist activities. They back the Assad regime in Syria, notorious recently for murdering their own citizens to quash "rebellions." They fund Hezbollah, Hamas and many offshoots in and out of Israel.

Iran's main goal is to destabilize and to rebuild this world under a global caliphate. Through the sword, through the "bazaar culture" of negotiating,it doesn't make a difference, until we all claim a fealty to the so-called "Religion of Peace."

How can the world not see the writing on the wall? With President Obama not willing to "get Israel's back," the world has seen the cracks in friendship and relations and has acted with unprecedented vigor to make up for the time that was lost when Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan were in office.

"The episode reached a climax when, after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation, Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in a failed mission, the deaths of eight American servicemen, one Iranian civilian, and the destruction of two aircraft. It ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981. The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American president Ronald Reagan was sworn into office." (Iran Hostage Crisis).

This example of what these mindsets respond to should act as a rule of thumb today. President Carter, who up until recently, is referred to as the worst president in American history, was weak in the defense of the United States and its values. When he was finally voted out of office, the Iranians knew they couldn't get away with any more shenanigans. Fast forward to today. President Obama, often equated to President Carter, is currently dealing with a crisis exponentially bigger than 52 American hostages being held. The world is worried sick and his response is to disrespect Prime Minister Netanyahu, ask for "tougher sanctions" against Iran and wait.

As an oil dependent country, we are at the mercy of Iran and OPEC. What sanctions can really be effective in this case? This is folly, pure and simple.

The only way to fight fire is with fire. By banding together, the United States, the European Union and other entities and countries can eradicate these threats with Israel. If Meir Dagan is right and we have "more time," great, but who wants it? Who wants to let them get closer to their goals of destruction and subjugation? Military action, as well as crippling sanctions, must be imposed. Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and the Iranian regimes (not to mention any other terror based regimes such as Syria) must not be able to send homicide bombers, missiles from Gaza into Israel, nor should they be able to reach into Asia or Europe with their bully tactics and senseless crimes.

The longer we let this madness go on, the more the madness multiplies. Claims of Apartheid in Israel are becoming louder and louder. Insanity begets insanity. The only country where a Muslim doesn't have to worry about losing their lives if they decide to be less religious, or where women can drive, or where the Muslims of the lesser branches have freedom to practice their religion, is in Israel. Yet, I do not see a Jew in Saudi Arabia. What happened to the Jews in Iraq? Yemen? Syria? Lebanon? Libya? Surprisingly, Iran has a Jewish community of 25,000, but with many reports over the last few years, many are trying to leave. Who could blame them?

It is really time that the world wake up.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

History's Unfortunate Lessons

One of the most frustrating things about blogging for me is the inability to write when I have an idea to write about. When I am finally able to sit down and write, the idea has escaped me and I don't touch my site.

I don't feel it necessary, right now, to discuss how great Israel is. I think it does a pretty good job of doing that itself. I do feel, however, that it is important to see the bigger picture. What could potentially hurt and what could potentially help Israel.

As we could all see from a mile away, the "Arab Spring" was not going to bode well for peace in the Middle east. The civil war in Libya, Syria killing its citizens, Egypt being Egypt...it is really a heightened version of business as usual in these countries. This is why there will never be a last peace in the Middle east. The fundamentalist Islamic groups, which may or may not be the majority, we will never know, are the loudest and the most violent. This "lovely" bunch has less regard for people than I do the trash I throw out after Shabbat.

Then, the disgusting Liberal rag, TIME magazine, decides to lump the Occupy Wall Street protesters with the Arab Spring protesters and name the the "Person/People of the Year," as if this is something to strive to. Civil unrest is never something to strive towards, nor is a protest, it is something that should be avoided at all costs.

At the same time as these protests are happening worldwide, the European Union, a horrible experiment to say the least is crumbling, throwing all economies into a tailspin, inducing fear and MORE riots in its wake. Yet, as Haaretz has reported:

"The Parliament's decision to block the agreements with Israel stems from the lack of progress in the peace process and from our ambition to pressure the Israeli government to alter this situation. If Israel would seriously act to get out of the dead end, the European Parliament would respond accordingly. As president, I will work to find compromises. Right now, it is my impression that the desire to find these sorts of compromises is greater in the European Parliament than in the government of Israel."

 How does one in his position say these comments without retribution? If anyone but President Obama were in office, you better believe that Martin Schulz would be reprimanded by one of the truest allies Israel has ever known. Since, however, we live in a world where America and its fearless leader have, on numerous occasions, slighted Israel, tried to embarrass its Prime Minister, asked Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, something America promised it would never ask Israel to do and left Israel questioning is America really in their corner. In this same world, Nikolas Sarkozy can "unintentionlly" slight PM Netanyahu with President Obama agreeing.

This sounds like a bad dream. This tiny country is considered the root of everyone else's problems. It couldn't possibly be that the Muslim religion is not one of peace, or at least those practicing it are not peaceful people. Failed Socialist policies, such as Universal Health Care, Robin Hood economics, Entitlement states, should have died when Communism fell, yet Greece, Italy, Ireland, and coming soon, America, are all falling hard, blaming everyone but themselves. Obviously, it must be Israel's fault. I mean, how can it not??!

It is not just Israel that is coming up onto a world of hurt. The entire world is suffering. The signs have been there for years. As they say, however, hindsight is 20/20. When Islam attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, it was basically considered an isolated incident by a lone wolf fundamentalist group, no different than Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma. It would have been impossible to know the ramifications of those acts then.

It would also not be wise to continue to play the blame game of who and what caused the financial crises nationally and internationally. It does no good now.

We are in unprecedented times and looking into our collective history to assign blame is pointless. However, looking at the history to help the future is imperative. Seeing that Socialism does not work, we shouldn't try to implement it again.

With regards to Israel, however, looking back at the history, a proper history, not one sullied and changed by the Liberal media, we can see who truly walked away from the peace talks, balked on peace treaties, went back on their words and continued campaigns of Terrorism against a country that would love nothing more than just to be left alone.

The sad truth is we will never learn. History proves this time and time again. I can only pray that we prove history wrong this time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Are We Still Friends?

Regardless of the current President, who has done some pro-Israel things, but is not pro-Israel, the ties between the United States and Israel are strong...and important.

It is simple to understand why Israel needs the United States. Being a small, democratically inclined country in the middle of the Middle East, Israel could use all the bigger brothers and sisters it could get. They get thrown a few dollars to keep up a relationship and to keep strong and Israel is tied to America. It just makes sense.

Recently, however, I have been wondering why the United States needs Israel. For those of you who say that "the United States doesn't need anyone," you are just plain wrong. The United States needs allies. It needs places in foreign countries, especially in a pragmatic and often dangerous areas like the Middle East. Without fail, almost the entire Middle East wants Israel wiped off of the map (the little Satan) and more 9/11-type attacks on the United States (The Big Satan).


Not to pick on lil ol' Iran, but it is the largest threat to the way of life as we know it. With its unlimited funds from oil that we buy from them, they repeatedly fund terror in Israel and all over the world. Their nuclear capabilities are rapidly advancing and their eagerness to flex their muscles should make the entire world cringe.

Those are physical though and as frightening as that is, the reality is, buildings can be rebuilt. In the United States, in 2011, the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is roughly $3.51. The average price per barrel of oil is roughly $82. These prices, which are arbitrarily set by OPEC, reflect the type of anti-Western society and anti-America sentiment within a majority of the members of OPEC. This reality is much harder to fix than a physical attack and it may even take longer. Being as dependent as we are on gas and oil, and without the ability to drill in our own lands (Thank you EPA and the ridiculous "Green" movements) we are at the whim of economic terrorists who continue to become filthy rich due to our consumption.

Saudi Arabia

Even though we have some ties in the Middle East, like in Saudi Arabia, they are really nothing but smoke and mirrors. When push comes to shove, a Middle Eastern, Muslim country will err on the side of other Middle Eastern, Muslim countries than with the falsely perceived "Great Satan." It is just common sense. Even if it is just "radicals" who are terrorizing these countries, I have rarely, if ever, seen the governments in these countries, or organizations tied with them, speak out against terrorism, the incitement from the Imams and Mullahs, the anti-US and Israel protests and other hate filled shows. Fair-weathered friends should not be shown preference.

Yet, in Israel, the Palestinian people, even those considered to be Palestinian-Israelis, have the right to protest Israel, and do so on a regular basis. Israel allows its detractors to work within the confines of their legally existing country. Israel will often times make comments stating their undying support for their ties with America when protests include America.

If America stopped throwing money into Venezuela and Brazil to set up exploratory oil drill sites and put it into Israel, which is believed to sit on huge deposits of Oil and Natural Gas, this false dependency on Iran, Saudi Arabia and the like, might not be completely broken, but at least diminished enough that they could no longer wreak havoc with our economy.

This isn't an article on oil and our consumption. I believe if we need it, use it. This is an article on the the ways to bolster the friendship and the ties between two friends. Friendly countries should be lauded and funded. Even if the benefits aren't immediately seen, the long-term benefits are an extremely worthy investment in the future. With the United States' ever increasing debt, as of September 27, 2011 it sits at almost $15 trillion dollars, we should be looking at ways of tightening our belts. If we could drill in ANWAR, in the Gulf of Mexico and other places, it would do it even more, but until then, investments into foreign oil interests in countries like Israel are the right thing to do.

Oil and Gas are just one way we can strengthen the ties between Israel and the United States. Economically, the countries can benefit each other greatly. Militarily, these two countries could help each other our greatly as well.

Now...lets get someone else in office who can recognize this important connection. Not Ron Paul please. We do not need Isolationists in these extremely unnerving times.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Container Shipments

I would like to thank my new friend, Tikva Sasson of Aliyah Lift Shipping for lending a hand at SupportingOurIsrael.com. When the new site launches, look out for Aliyah Lift Shipping's own section.

What Size Do I Need?   Shipping containers come in three sizes: 20' (1000 cubic feet), 40' (2000 cubic feet) and 40' HC (2400 cubic feet).  

To determine which container fits your needs, you can download the Aliyah Lift Calculator (ALC), which is a spreadsheet filled with many commonly sized items. Simply enter the quantity of each item you are taking, and the volume will change accordingly.   It is important to know that your surveyed volume (in-house, ALC, or over the phone) has a discrepancy of 10%-20%.

If your surveyed volume is close to a full container's volume, you may want to make a list of lower priority items and have them loaded last, or consider a larger container.

Services.  We offer the following origin services when shipping a container:
  • Full Packing and Container Loading
  • Partial Packing and Container Loading
  • Container Loading
  • None of the above - you can elect to pack and load your own container if you choose
All container shipments include delivery to your residence in Israel.

Understanding Your Quote.   Quotes involving "live loading" are given 4 hours to complete the task, and after 4 hours there is an hourly charge. This is designed to be an incentive for the customer to be prepared for the evolution at hand.

Sometimes it is more cost effective to have the container dropped off and picked up later in the day or the next day. If this is the case you may want to check with the local authorities to see if there might be a problem leaving it overnight.   If the container is left overnight, it is imperative to park a vehicle in front of the container to inhibit theft of the containers.
   Additionally, the container's doors should be locked.

Loading Day.   Most container shipments are "live loaded", which means the truck driver stays with the container and waits until the loading is completed.   Assuming everything is prepared and the container is conveniently parked, it takes a three-man crew about 3-4 hours to load a 20' container and a four-man crew about 6-8 hours for a 40' container.

Containers are large and may be difficult to maneuver in a residential neighborhoods or storage facilities.  If you have any concerns that the container will not have easy access to your residence/storage facilities, please let me know ahead of time.  I am not responsible if, on loading day, the truck cannot access your residence/storage facilities.

It is also important to know that the truck bed is approximately 5' off of the ground.   If you are self loading you will need a ramp.

When the loading is complete, the driver will put a "seal" on the back of the container, making it impossible for the truck to be opened without removing the seal.   The seal will stay on the container until it is delivered to your residence, where you should endeavor to witness its removal.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Work of Fiction

Before I start, Ghaddafi is evil. Assad is evil. Ahmedinjead is evil. The protests, or Arab Springs, happening now, are correct. These people are sick and must be removed.

The problem is that the only symbol of governance is the Muslim Brotherhood. That is a huge problem.

But, I digress.

Being that I have been out for a few weeks, please don't think that I haven't been reading, watching, observing the insanity that is happening in the world. Arab populations protesting, and many being murdered, by sick despots, eager to regain control of their regimes that are spiraling into destruction. Just tonight, I saw the end of the 42 year dictatorship of Moammar Ghaddafi. This is truly history and it is ALL important to watch and to understand the ins and outs of the fighting. People want to live like human beings. Not caged rats. They want a say in how their country runs without fear of being kidnapped, tortured and murdered. I don't think that is too much to ask.

In Israel, however, we have seen protests and calls for protests. I have seen on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets, calling for an uprising in Israel and in America.

It is truly frightening. I will not say Israel or America are perfect. In fact, those who know me know I am outraged by many of the policies of both countries. Both are nanny states that are seriously unsustainable at their current rates.

In Israel, however, a group of people, who feel entitlements are G-d's gift and can never be taken away, have taken their protests to another level. Initially, it was about housing prices and their exorbitant prices. Thats all well and good. I wish there would be some serious protesting in America over the insane prices and cost of living in the United States, but that is for another time. When discussing real estate in Israel, there are few options that are reasonably affordable. The government, in response to the protests, have started discussing options for affordable housing. This is the type of protest, in Israel, that works. And good for them. They got the government to listen.

Then the left wing groups, many of whom are extremely anti-Israel, such as Greenpeace, Rabbis for Human Rights, HaShomer HaTzair, a Socialist Youth Group, joined in on the fun. Their demands?

  1. A new taxation system would be implemented (which would include lower indirect taxes and higher direct taxes). Taxes are hard to discuss. I honestly would love to see the entire tax system of Israel revamped. I would love to see some of the "entitlements" that are granted done away with. For instance, Universal Health Care. If the Health Care system in Israel would switch to a similar system as in America, I believe the Health Care fields, and all fields that would relate to it, would shoot to the top five in the world. 
  2. Free School from an early age. Really? Not that paying for school is fun, because it isn't, but when is the government responsible for the education of its citizens? If I could, I would do away with the entire Board of Education in the United States too. When people stop having a say in their children's education, which is what happens, the quality lessens, lowering the bar to help the non-performing students pass, not the performing students succeed. It helps breed laziness and idiots and should not be on the government payroll.
  3. Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises would end. A government is not, and I repeat, NOT a business. The United States Government was wrong in investing and bailing out private companies. The idea of "Too Big To Fail" is ludicrous. It would have hurt, absolutely; it would have destabilized things, absolutely. Where is the money for the Ma and Pop stores getting run out of town from Wal-Mart and Home Depot? It is an unfortunate reality. Some people succeed, some don't. Life isn't fair and it is wrong and dangerous to assume that the government should be running businesses, especially since they can barely run themselves. The only income that should be allowed is from taxes, which is a necessary evil. Small business, entrepreneurs, business owners are what keep economies going, not governments. Governments put insane regulations that limit growth and prosperity, and often times, tax the businesses to death. The role of the government is to govern, not be CEO.
  4. More resources being invested in Public Housing and Transportation. I, for one, do not want the governing bodies of either America or Israel to be my landlords or taxi drivers. I am not talking about economically either. It is not alright to think it is normal that the government is our landlord, or our Food Stamp sugar daddy, or personal chauffeur service. This is not to say these programs aren't important. They are. They should be in place for the people who seriously need them, not those who expect them and can play the system. This hasn't worked in America. Public housing has turned into gang lands, hardly safe for family or person alike. Projects have turned into drug filled, violent places. Do we want this in Israel? I hardly think so. This social experiment has failed. 
There is an old addage "Bring a man a fish and he will eat for a day; Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."  There should be programs in Israel to accommodate the entire spectrum of people there. For those who need assistance, programs should be put in place to give it to them, as well as helping them get off of the assistance as soon as possible.

Schooling, because of the demands of the extremely varied demographic in Israel, must accommodate those demographics. Instead of calling Chareidim "lazy," why haven't the leaders of those communities establish schools to help the increasing poverty levels within their constituency? In the "Chilonim" camp, why are they not learning to take their "social justice and equality" and work with the "Chareidim," and vice versa?

Why aren't Olim, Immigrants, from different countries, integrated into Israeli society according to their knowledge and customs? Olim from India have different social mores and structures than those from Seattle. Those from New York have different from Morocco. It makes no sense. To throw them all together and expect "social equality" to reign supreme.

These leftist protesters are dreaming if they think they are correct in their demands. Yes, changes do need to be made, but by socializing the country is not the way to do it. The USSR didn't work, Cuba doesn't work, China is only Communist by name. These protests are merely functional works of fiction. They look nice, but are ridiculous and poorly thought out.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What A Break Can Do

As many of you have noticed, I took a little break from writing. I did this for mental health and to gather my wits about me.

Supporting Our Israel is about to have some new features. I have been working hard over the last few weeks, trying to piece together a clear(er) direction of where I think that Supporting Our Israel will go. It can be so much more than just an EXCELLENT website. Supporting Our Israel can actually be a service to the general public.

Please G-d, I will be switching Supporting Our Israel into a real website soon, with separate pages for videos, community highlights, business highlights and many other things.

You will all soon be reading articles written by several tour guides in Israel. To show the absolute beauty of Israel, pictures will accompany. I strongly urge you all to frequent these guides. They are such a vital component to the Israeli economy.

You'll also be reading articles from a company that helps move you from Shmutz L'Aretz a.k.a. Outside of Israel, to Israel. With tips, tricks, videos and other very helpful and insightful ideas, the articles written by them will surely help raise the dipping numbers of Olim.

Also, please G-d, Supporting Our Israel, is going to be working in conjunction with several politicians and diplomats on setting up businesses and housing for the American Chareidi sector. With the political and economic climate in shambles in the United States, England, France, Greece, Italy, etc.; it just makes sense to try and work on providing the tools to make Aliyah. This means jobs, housing, education, synagogues. This means working together, regardless of religious affiliations, to better the positions of all of our fellow Jews.

Please note: I specifically said the "Chareidi" sector for a reason. In the "Modern" Orthodox circles, the Dati Leumi circles and many others, programs are set up already to push and promote Aliyah. in the "Chareidi" sector, Zionism is still a bad word, and it doesn't have to be. You do not have to agree with the idea of a Jewish state to live in Israel. Israel, our Holy Land, happens to be known as the Jewish state, but many times, it tries hard to deny that. American "Charedim" can begin to acclimate in Israel, helping the country they live in prosper, at the same time, take advantage of the benefits of being in Israel.

This is no longer about being a Zionist. This is about the safeguarding of our home, people, religion and most importantly, our families. A Chareidi can be friends with a Chiloni. Nationalist and non-Nationalists can work together to stay safe and prosper. It happens in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, London, Australia....Supporting Our Israel is working to make Israel part of that list.

These may be pipe dreams, my dear readers. I hope not. I hope to be able to establish companies in Israel, to boost the potential of Aliyah from Chutz L'Aretz. I hope to show American "Chareidim" that Israel is not just a place for Yeshiva or to visit. It is a viable, lively option to make a parnassah and to raise a Yiddeshe family.

If you have ideas, would like to write, want to voice your opinion or just say hi, please comment on any post with your email address, email me at SimonIsraelBlog@gmail.com, Facebook me. Do whatever you can.