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Sept 23, 11AM EST General Rite of Exorcism for a Community

September 23, 2012
At the suggestion of Archbishop Lefebvre’s friend, Max Barret, contra THIS :

[The following rite of exorcism] is for general use — to combat the power of the evil spirits over a community or locality.

The following exorcism can be used by bishops, as well as by priests who have this authorization from their Ordinary.

P:   In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel       St. Michael the Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army, defend us in the battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and the spirit of wickedness in high places. Come to the rescue of mankind, whom God has made in His own image and likeness, and purchased from Satan’s tyranny at so great a price. Holy Church venerates you as her patron and guardian. The Lord has entrusted to you the task of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness. Entreat the Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet, so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the Church. Carry our prayers up to God’s throne, that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast, the serpent of old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce the nations.
ExorcismP:   In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, by the intercession of Mary, spotless Virgin and Mother of Jesus, of St. Michael the Archangel, of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, and by the authority residing in our holy ministry, we steadfastly proceed to combat the onslaught of the wily enemy.
Psalm 67

    P:   God arises; His enemies are scattered, * and those who hate Him flee before Him. All: As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; * as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish before God. P:   See the cross of the Lord; begone, you hostile powers! All: The stem of David, the lion of Juda’s tribe has conquered. P:   May your mercy, Lord, remain with us always. All: For we put our whole trust in you.

       We cast you out, every unclean spirit, every satanic power, every onslaught of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect, in the name and by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. We command you, begone and fly far from the Church of God, from the souls made by God in His image and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine Lamb. No longer dare, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute God’s Church, to strike God’s elect and to sift them as wheat. For the Most High God commands you, He to whom you once proudly presumed yourself equal; He who wills all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. God the Father commands you. The Son of God commands you. God the Holy Ghost commands you. Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh, commands you, who humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, to save our race from the perdition wrought by your envy; who founded His Church upon a firm rock, declaring that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred mystery of the cross commands you, along with the power of all mysteries of Christian faith. The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your proud head from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception. The faith of the holy apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles commands you. The blood of martyrs and the devout prayers of all holy men and women command you.
       Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by God, who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life; to cease deluding human creatures and filling them with the poison of everlasting damnation; to desist from harming the Church and hampering her freedom. Begone, Satan, father and master of lies, enemy of man’s welfare. Give place to Christ, in whom you found none of your works. Give way to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. Bow down before God’s mighty hand, tremble and flee as we call on the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom the denizens of hell cower, to whom the heavenly Virtues and Powers and Dominations are subject, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim praise with unending cries as they sing: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.

    P:   Lord, heed my prayer. All: And let my cry be heard by you. P:   The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
       God of heaven and earth, God of the angels and archangels, God of the patriarchs and prophets, God of the apostles and martyrs, God of the confessors and virgins, God who have power to bestow life after death and rest after toil; for there is no other God than you, nor can there be another true God beside you, the Creator of all things visible and invisible, whose kingdom is without end; we humbly entreat your glorious majesty to deliver us by your might from every influence of the accursed spirits, from their every evil snare and deception, and to keep us from all harm; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

    P:   From the snares of the devil. All: Lord, deliver us. P:   That you help your Church to serve you in security and freedom. All: We beg you to hear us. P:   That you humble the enemies of holy Church. All: We beg you to hear us.

Deepening the Judeo-Supremacist/’Noahide’ Servant Relationship

December 28, 2011
U.K. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks:


“[The Chabad Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson] told me exactly what he wanted me to do … he gave me a whole set of instructions which have directed my life from that day to this. Almost everything I’ve done, I’ve done because he asked me to.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/News.aspx/3232#.Tvtkvb9QT-Y


Using his platform at the BBC, [Rabbi Sacks] took up the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe’s campaign and began reaching out to non-Jews, teaching the Seven Noahide Laws.


http://lubavitch.com/news/article/2033559/Walking-the-Walk-of-the-Chabad-Emissary.html

Also see Rabbi Sacks eulogize Chabad’s dead Messiah, Menachem Schneerson (who came and went in his own name), at the International Conference of Chabad Shluchim (agents; apostles) on November 27, 2011 (Rabbi Sacks was the keynote speaker at this event):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MunlCt9_Nl0#!

The article below prefaces an audio interview with Rabbi Sacks in which virtually every word he speaks to his non-Judaic listeners is a lie. That is all the analysis this fraud from this smooth-tongued Lubavitch evangelist deserves. This comes in conjunction with Sacks’ well-timed economic deceptions.

The Pope and the Rabbi: deepening the relationship

2011-12-12 Vatican Radio

Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, met with Pope Benedict on Monday to discuss interfaith relations and their common concern for the decline of spiritual values within European culture.
Rabbi Sacks, who has been spiritual leader of the mainstream Orthodox Jewish communities in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong since 1991, said faith, in the modern world, has no political power but it does have a great deal of influence – especially among those who question the kind of value system they want for their children. Asked about a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe, the Rabbi stressed that Jews cannot fight anti-semitism alone, “the victim cannot cure the crime, the hated cannot cure the hate.” He said he will fight for the right of Christians anywhere in the world to live their faith without fear, “but I need them to fight for the right of my people to live their faith without fear.”

Asked if the current political stalemate in between Israelis and Palestinians could be behind this resurgent anti-Semitism, Sachs said “we must not allow ourselves to import a message of conflict from the Middle East to Europe.

http://www.news.va/en/news/the-pope-and-the-rabbi-deepening-the-relationship

Rabbi Sacks played a supporting role in a November 22, 2011 BBC piece intended to create nostalgia for Victorian-era Rothschild economic predation as an alternative to the predation of our times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017nf4k

Also see:

“For a Jew like Rothschild, as the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained to me, what for a Christian is charity, was rather stricter. Philanthropy is duty. You have to do it. It’s ten per cent [of your earnings] and we’re not saying it would be a nice idea; we’re saying you do that – and if you don’t, we ostracise you.”

So they weren’t driven by profit? “I think they probably were, but what they did was to create a public position for banking in which it was deemed that you are meant to be responsible, philanthropic and honest rather than, it’s the Wild West boys, Big Bang time, fill your boots. That wouldn’t have been acceptable. Nat Rothschild refused to bank with the Russians because of their attitude to the Jews. There was ethical banking going on.

“But philanthropy is good for you. If you’re from the very wealthiest, to be seen giving away large portions of your wealth is good politics.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-11-22/ian-hislop-philanthropy-is-to-be-encouraged

Netanyahu’s Messianic Fanaticism Precipitating False-Messiah Catastrophe

September 28, 2011
Pious Bibi taking orders from his Rebbe to speed the coming of “The Messiah:”

Netanyahu’s messianism could launch attack on Iran

Relying on the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his teachings in a speech that was ostensibly in favor of a Palestinian state is like relying on a racist who fervently supports slavery in a speech that is ostensibly in favor of abolition, while also making abolition contingent upon conditions that will never be met.

Sefi Rachlevsky – Haaretz

September 27, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu promised to tell the truth at the United Nations, and the truth was indeed revealed. The prime minister chose in this speech to quote reverently from his meetings with one person only: the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who viewed himself as the messiah.

Neither the source nor the inflammatory quotation was coincidental. Netanyahu was intimately acquainted with the Rabbi King Messiah, and also with the views he expressed from on high. The rebbe’s followers stood behind Netanyahu’s victorious campaign in the 1996 election, which following the incitement-filled demonstrations and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, with the slogan “Netanyahu is good for the Jews.” And on Sunday, the prime minister’s entourage was sent to genuflect at the rebbe’s court.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe was famous for his vehement opposition to even the tiniest withdrawal from any territory ever held by the Israel Defense Forces, even in the framework of full peace. He even opposed withdrawing from territory on the other side of the Suez Canal. In his view, not one inch of the Holy Land could be given to the Arabs. He based this opposition on both security concerns – that missiles would be deployed on any vacated territory – and religious-historical arguments. Netanyahu reiterated both claims in his speech to the United Nations.

The most prominent emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe – the great rabbi, as Netanyahu termed him at the United Nations – included Baruch Goldstein, perpetrator of the 1994 Hebron massacre, and Yitzhak Ginsburg, the rabbi of Yitzhar, he of the radical books “Baruch the Man” (which celebrates the massacre ) and “The King’s Torah: The Laws of Killing Gentiles.” Nor was this by chance. The Lubavitcher Rebbe inculcated his followers with the doctrine of “your people are the land’s only nation”: In the land of the messiah, there is no room for Arabs. Thus racism entered Netanyahu’s speech at the United Nations – not “merely” against Islam, but also against Arabs: They, he said, are not like your neighbors in New York.

… [in his speech] Netanyahu relied upon the most radically messianic Jewish theologian of our generation …

… [Netanyahu] is not interested in peace and compromise. [He] opposed peace with Egypt and the first Oslo accord. He led a campaign of incitement against the Oslo-2 agreement and then refused to implement it. Ariel Sharon, Rafael Eitan and then-Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak were stunned by what they interpreted as his willingness to consider arming doomsday weapons in the face of Saddam Hussein’s threats, and they worked to dissuade him. Netanyahu opposed the pullouts from Lebanon and Gaza, and not because he thought they should have been done by agreement. Nor did he respond to Mahmoud Abbas’ moderation by taking advantage of the opportunity: Instead, he waged a campaign of incitement to preempt any chance of a deal and a withdrawal.

After all, he is the emissary of the Chabad messiah, the man who taught that this is the Jews’ land exclusively. He returned from the United States with the feeling that the American government is a rag to wipe his feet on, with no power to stop his most extremist plans.

This is the background to what must become a global understanding of the issue that is now most important of all, which will also be the main topic of U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit. Netanyahu is completely serious in his desire, and also in his preparations to circumvent the warnings of the entire defense establishment in order to implement this desire, which many of those in his inner circle have defined as messianic: to attack Iran before winter. Before the clouds come, anyone who can stop him must do so.

Full article:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/netanyahu-s-messianism-could-launch-attack-on-iran-1.386927

The U.S. Department of Synagogue Security

September 17, 2011

The Jewish groups who led the lobbying effort [in procuring ‘Department of Homeland Security’ handouts] were joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Young Men’s Christian Association, the American Association of Museums and others. These efforts were met by a responsive Congress, and key lawmakers from both parties championed the legislation.

Although the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobbied for these ‘Department of Homeland Security’ grants, Catholic institutions received a minor portion of the taxpayer funds, which I take to mean that, as usual, the bishops serve the self-chosen more than Catholics or God. The very kosher list of institutions receiving these funds between 2007-2010 is below:

The Jewish Daily Forward’s List of all non-profit organizations that received Homeland Security grants from 2007-2010http://www.scribd.com/embeds/64279009/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list

Security at a cost to the 98% non-Judaic U.S. population: Congregation B’nai Israel of Staten Island installs new windows, paid for by a federal grant.

This is fairly good reporting but it leaves out the critically important piece of information that Judaic fanatic, Joe Lieberman is the chairman of the Senate Committee on “Homeland Security” that oversees these grants. Also, it gives too much traction to the ridiculous notion of perpetual Judaic victimhood while not mentioning, for instance, Catholic Nagasaki was the target of one of the worst terror attacks in history, but then, that was perpetrated by the same Judeo-Masonic government that’s handing out these taxpayer funds to the synagogues and some of the wealthiest Judaic power organizations in the world. Such machinations are the cause of anti-Judaic sentiment that actually does exist.

How an Anti-Terror Program Became a Jewish Earmark

Forward – Nathan Guttman, Eileen Reynolds and Maia Efrem

September 16, 2011

The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, in Chicago, put in new lights around its building and parking lot and now has a state-of-the-art video surveillance system with 12 cameras. Congregation Brith Shalom, in Bellaire, Texas, now has blast-proof doors and windows. In Baltimore, the Bais Hamedrash & Mesivta school installed a new gate to the parking lot and placed cameras throughout the building. Earlier this month, Congregation B’nai Israel of Staten Island put new shatterproof windows into its 40-year-old building.

All thanks to the United States taxpayer.

Since 2005, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided $118 million to not-for-profit organizations to become better prepared for a terror attack. In the context of federal spending, it’s a modest effort and considered a successful one: An aide to Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security, recently said that he knows of very few government programs that show such “big results with small money.”

The grants program is the pride of many Jewish communal leaders, proof of their commitment to improve security of vulnerable assets — houses of worship, schools and community centers. “The grants have been of tremendous value to this community. It is really unprecedented,” said Paul Goldenberg, national director of Secure Community Network, an organization established in 2005 to address potential communal security threats.

There’s good reason for the Jewish community to be proud. A Forward analysis of the 995 grants distributed through the national program from 2007 to 2010 found that 734, or 73.7%, went to Jewish organizations. DHS announced its grants for 2011 in late August, and here, too, Jewish groups were the big winners, with 81% of those awards.

This disproportionate distribution is no accident. Examining the grants program provides a window into Jewish organizational and political power. It is this power that allowed a small community to create and maintain a government program tailored specifically for its needs and catering almost exclusively to its members.

The coalition lobbying for the program was led by United Jewish Communities, now known as the Jewish Federations of North America, and by the Orthodox Union and several other Jewish groups. “No one ever said it was a bill for the Jewish community,” an official involved in the process recalled, “but the main push came from the community.”

Some communal leaders oppose the program on constitutional grounds. “You’re endangering a fundamental principle of separating church and state in return for something that has very little impact on the community,” argued Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, which urged its synagogues instead to seek funds for security improvements from their own members and local federations, though some still applied for the grants, anyhow.

The Anti-Defamation League also expressed “both constitutional and policy concerns,” according to spokesman Todd Gutnick. “There will always be far more communal institutions that want or need security enhancements than government funds available,” the ADL said. “This inevitably leads to divisive intra-communal competition for these scarce resources, and a politicization of the grant-making process.”

Indeed, an analysis of grant recipients by the Forward, using documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shows that the funds are not equally distributed throughout the community. For instance, the devout, relatively small sect of Lubavitch Jews received more grants than the entire Reform movement, the largest denomination in the country. Overall, Orthodox institutions were dramatically overrepresented, receiving about 45% of the grants that went to all Jewish institutions from 2007 to 2010.

Furthermore, when the Forward examined the grants distributed to Jewish institutions that have a specific religious affiliation, it found that about two-thirds went to Orthodox synagogues and day schools, even though only about one in 10 American Jews is Orthodox.

Beyond the religious and denominational disparities, the disbursement of funds also varies significantly depending on location. Some of the geographic clusters seem obvious: New York, with the largest Jewish population in America, received the most grants, while the Washington area has an understandably high threat level. Other patterns are less obvious. Georgia, for example, boasts more than 40 grants during the five funding cycles, while Pennsylvania received only nine, even though Philadelphia has the nation’s fourth-largest Jewish community.

The DHS program also does not distinguish between wealthy not-for-profits and cash-strapped ones. A small yeshiva struggling to make rent has to compete with a large synagogue in Beverly Hills or a wealthy congregation in Washington. A grant was even awarded to the American Israel Education Fund, which is an offshoot of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee and holds net assets, according to its latest tax filings, of $38 million.

The idea of a Nonprofit Security Grant Program was part of DHS’s Urban Area Security Initiative, which focused on strengthening emergency preparedness in urban areas most vulnerable to terror attacks. Advocates for the program, initiated in 2005, argued that while private companies can cover security costs by raising prices, not-for-profits are forced to trim other socially important programs to pay for extra security.

The Jewish groups who led the lobbying effort were joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Young Men’s Christian Association, the American Association of Museums and others. These efforts were met by a responsive Congress, and key lawmakers from both parties championed the legislation.

The program initially offered annual grants of up to $100,000. That limit was later dropped to $75,000, though some institutions have applied for and received multiple awards. The money can be used only for physical “hardening” of institutions at risk or for training personnel; it cannot cover the ongoing cost of security guards, which synagogues and others must pay for from their own budgets. And because the grants are used to reimburse the security upgrades, officials say that the process is efficient, with funds going only to completed work.

The legislation and the rules defining eligibility make no mention of preferring Jewish institutions, but in practice the program could easily be viewed as a Jewish earmark.

First, religious institutions are preferred over other not-for-profits. This policy is tucked into DHS’s official rules for evaluating grant applications. Each organization applying receives a score based on the merits of its request. Then the score of a “non-profit organization with religious affiliation” is multiplied by three, giving it a significant advantage over other applicants.

Second, high-risk metropolitan areas are given top priority in the grant process, and those “tier 1” cities — New York, Washington, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles — have a heavy concentration of Jews. A second tier consists of cities that face less of a risk of terror attacks, including Miami, Boston and Dallas. Philadelphia had been in that second group, but was moved to tier 1 in 2010. Lobbyists are now working for the inclusion of Rockland County, N.Y., because it is home to a dense ultra-Orthodox population.

Third, an ambiguous definition of what constitutes a terror threat has enabled many Jewish institutions to make a stronger case than non-Jewish counterparts. The criteria established by Congress and DHS requires not-for-profits to demonstrate that they “or closely related organizations (within or outside the U.S.)” have been subjected to prior threats or attacks by a terrorist network. Taking into account incidents overseas allows Jewish groups to describe their threat level regardless of what is happening in their own communities.

Several Chabad synagogues contacted by the Forward mentioned the November 2008 attack against the Chabad house in Mumbai, India, as proof of their vulnerability. Other applicants pointed to terror attacks against Jewish targets in Israel as justification for the government funding. For example, a vulnerability assessment prepared for Brooklyn’s Yeshivat Mikdash Melech by an expert at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and submitted with its applications reads, “The core religious beliefs of the organization’s membership and their direct support for Jewish and Israeli causes invites continued threats.” Other filings obtained by the Forward also point to support for Israel as a source of threat.

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has foiled nearly three dozen credible terror plots, and more than 170 terror suspects have been arrested. The Jewish community was targeted directly in only a handful of these attempts. In August 2005, a group of Muslims who met in prison attempted to carry out attacks against synagogues and other institutions in the Los Angeles area. The plot was foiled before any damage was done. In May 2009, the FBI successfully prevented a bomb attack against a synagogue and a Jewish community center in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. And in October 2010, terrorists attempted to ship from Yemen explosive packages addressed to Jewish institutions in Chicago.

And in May 2011, New York police arrested two Queens men who had purchased weapons from an undercover officer to attack a synagogue.

Jewish groups, however, have a different count. They include the July 2006 shooting rampage at the Jewish federation building in Seattle, which left one person dead, and the July 2010 attack on Washington’s United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which took the life of a security guard. Both of these incidents were described by law enforcement authorities as hate crimes, not terror attacks. The perpetrators — one a Muslim, the other a white Christian — were not affiliated with a terror network and did not carry out the attacks as part of a broader agenda.

Yet, Beth Jacob Congregation, in Beverly Hills, cited the Seattle incident as the reason that it needed federal funding for security.

“We would categorize the Seattle attack as terror; others call it a hate crime. The definition, to a certain extent, is in the eye of the beholder,” said William Daroff, vice president for public policy at JFNA.

The line between crimes of terror and those of hate is murky, and to many in the community, it makes little difference. For Charlie Greinsky, president of Congregation B’nai Israel, in Staten Island, applying for the federal grants was a reaction to hate-motivated attacks against his synagogue. In August 2008, swastikas and the number 88, a symbol used by neo-Nazis, were spray painted on the building. “We’ve had periodically, over the years, swastikas and that type of garbage, as well as our windows had been shot at,” Greinsky said.

“Jews will always be a specific target of terror attacks,” said Peter Chalk, a senior analyst with the RAND corporation. But he added that “there is no special effort in the U.S. to single out a Jewish target. Usually they [Al Qaeda] will choose a general civilian target.”

Only a handful of Muslim institutions have received federal assistance to upgrade security. “We have a real need for these kinds of grants,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Though he pointed to several recent attacks against mosques, Hooper said he did not believe that Muslims are intentionally sidelined by the grant process.

“There is nothing nefarious about it,” he said. “I just think the Jewish community is more plugged in than us and that is why we see this disparity.”

And some Jews are more plugged in than others. The Forward’s analysis found that certain denominations and regions were more successful at winning grants because they were well-organized and proactive.

The Orthodox Union played a leading role in lobbying for the grant program and has since urged its members to apply. Nathan Diament, director of the O.U.’s Institute for Public Affairs, said his group helped many synagogues and day schools with the application process, and it paid off: Of those assisted by the O.U., nearly three-fourths won their grants.
Standing out among the Orthodox groups receiving government funds is Chabad, with more than 70 grants for its synagogues and centers. Chabad’s tight network of emissaries helped spread the word, and the group’s strong presence in Washington provided assistance with the application process.

Ultra-Orthodox synagogues and yeshivas affiliated with Agudath Israel of America have also received grants in numbers far beyond their proportion in the Jewish community. Here, too, a proactive approach led by Agudath Israel’s Washington director, Rabbi Abba Cohen, made them better positioned to come out on top.

“If there is any preponderance of Orthodox institutions over others, it is only because they are numerous in the communities that are eligible for grants,” Daroff said. The concentration of Orthodox synagogues in the New York area, defined as a top-priority region, could explain the difference, he said.

But Saperstein believes that the disparity could be tied to a different set of values. “Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist will be more sensitive to the constitutional ban on funding religious activity,” he argued.

In response, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Washington director of Chabad and a leading advocate of the program, said, “At some point, the government is not protecting religion but people that belong to a religion.”

The Reform movement’s opposition did not deter at least 69 of its institutions from receiving government money, including Los Angeles’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, its flagship institute of higher education. While the vast majority of the nearly 1,000 Reform synagogues in the country supported the movement’s opposition, the fact that some did apply was cited as proof that even the most ardent detractors of the program have come to terms with its necessity or, at least, its promise of funds.

The distribution of funds also depends on the involvement and energy of local Jewish leaders. In New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council has emerged as a leading resource on security issues. David Pollock, the JCRC’s associate executive director, has led an effort to actively reach out to congregations and institutions to help them through the application process. “It is sad that some have to make a choice between spending money on security or on programming,” Pollock said. “These grants help us avoid having to make this choice.”

Smaller Jewish communities have adopted New York’s approach and succeeded in bringing in millions in government grants. Notable among these communities are those in Houston and Atlanta.

“We definitely put the word out,” said Tali Benjamin, marketing director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The federation’s in-house security director and grant writer assisted 26 synagogues and institutions in applying. Debbie Kalwerisky, executive director of Congregation Beth Tefillah, in Atlanta, credited the federation with making the process manageable. “They came out and helped us do an evaluation of our needs,” she said.

Philadelphia appears to be a different story. The local federation says that it has tried to make agencies and synagogues more aware of the program, but has not been as successful as cities with smaller Jewish populations. “I don’t know what the rhyme or reason is,” said Robin Schatz, director of government affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The federation has offered help with grant writing, but a workshop it organized last year was sparsely attended. “Could we use more money? Absolutely,” said Schatz.

In conversations with leaders of dozens of synagogues and other Jewish organizations around the country, the Forward found that combating crime, not preventing terrorism, was the prime motivation to apply for the federal money.

“We had been thinking for a long time about upgrading our security, not really because of any particular issue,” said Rabbi Adam Zeff of the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia. “There were some incidents that we found that we were unable to deal with — people getting into the building, vandalism on our playground. The homeland security grant was important to us because it expanded our vision of what we could do.”

A similar view was expressed by Hanna Belsky, administrator of Chicago’s Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School. “There have been incidents like a broken window, somebody getting in the school,” she said. “Our parking lot is open to the street, and now with the money, it’s a private parking lot.”

Without the grant, she added, “we would not have been able to afford a penny. This was our dream.”

http://forward.com/articles/142542/

Massive California Freeway Project Works Around Backwards Eruv Tradition of Judaism

July 6, 2011

“The level of help we’ve had, from the Roman Catholic permit people at Caltrans … to the Muslim line inspector along the freeways who gave us engineering help.…The level of deference and courtesy and kindness — it makes you feel good that you live in America,” [Chabad Lubavich eruv inspector Howard] Witkin said.

Orthodox Judaism is a ghetto religion by the dictates of its rabbinic founders as you will see in the article below. In the U.S. where ‘Jews’ are as free as they’ve ever been at any time in history in the West, they form their own ghettos [eruvim] at great inconvenience to the non-Judaic 98% majority and thank them by pushing for legislation that would make them second rate citizens in their own land under a rabbinic ‘Noahide law’ tyranny. I give one example of the two-tiered tyranny of Orthodox Judaism’s ‘Noahide law’ from the Talmud as translated by Chabad Lubavitcher, Adin Steinsaltz (also the Nasi (head) of the Israeli Sanhedrin). This is the kind of two-tiered legal system Chabad Lubavitch would repay American courtesy and kindness with if they were able:

“A non-Jew is put to death on the basis of a decision given by one judge [no jury], and on the basis of testimony given by a single witness, and even if he was not given a proper warning prior to the commission of his offense. He is put to death on the basis of testimony and a decision given by a man but not on the basis of testimony and a decision given by a woman, and the man who testified or decided against him can even be a relative.

“A Jew can only be put to death by a court of twenty-three judges, and on the basis of the testimony of two male witnesses who are not disqualified from testifying on account of kinship, and after being properly warned against committing the transgression. But none of these rules apply in the case of a non-Jew.” (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 57b, Steinsaltz edition, vol.18, page 110)

Chabad Lubavitch strongly adheres to the racial supremacist mysticism of Orthodox Judaism as explained by Chabad’s Robert Kremnizer:

In The Ladder Up (Building Block No. 6) it was explained that Jews have a neshamah [an extra higher soul that is connected to God]. This is the functional difference between Jews and non-Jews. There is no Jew alive, no matter how he denies his Judaism, who has not felt an affinity for another Jew which he cannot explain. On board a ship, in a hotel, on an airplane, Jew will acknowledge Jew. People imagine this to be an emotional need for mutual recognition. Not so. What is being expressed is the spiritual need of neshamah recognizing neshamah.

We can describe the neshamah. It is explained in Tanya that the neshamah is a part of HaShem [God] enclothed in the nefesh (soul) of a Jew. This is the specific difference between Jews and non-Jews. Jews have a neshamah, Gentiles do not. (Robert Kremnizer, The Curtain Parted)

Chabad Lubavitcher, Howard Witkin mentioned in the article below teaches the ‘ethics’ of Judaism. Of the ‘ethics’ of Judaism, Thomas Jefferson said, “It was the reformation of this `wretched depravity’ of morals which Jesus undertook.”

And now, a feel-good piece on the ‘right wing’ Chabad sect of Orthodox Judaism from the ‘liberal’ Los Angeles Times with my comments and corrections interspersed:

Massive 405 Freeway project respects the boundaries of a Jewish tradition

Metro and Caltrans are working with Orthodox Jews to maintain the thin ‘walls’ of a vast Westside eruv during work on the 405 Freeway.

Mitchell Landsberg – Los Angeles Times

July 4, 2011

Carmageddon, schmarmageddon. [oh, I get it, that sounds Yiddish, I guess it’s expected that I smile politely and knowingly and most of all with deference]

Like just about everybody else, Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles have their issues with the 405 Freeway widening project. Unlike most people, however, their primary concern is not necessarily the impending closure of a stretch of the freeway on the July 16-17 weekend.

Their problem is that the 405 construction project keeps messing up their eruv.

Some explanation [hasbara] is probably in order.

An eruv is a ritual enclosure surrounding a [Judaic] neighborhood. It can be a fence, a wall, a piece of string — or a freeway. And it must be unbroken [because that’s what the rabbis–not the Bible–mandate, among billions of other such non-biblical rules].

Its purpose is legalistic, a [rabbinic] loophole, some [do] say [and rightly so]. [According to the rabbis it] allows observant Jews to perform certain actions on the [rabbinic] Sabbath— carry a tray of food or push a baby stroller, for example — that [rabbinic] law prohibits in public on that day [among a myriad of other such prohibited acts].

In effect, it creates an entire zone that is considered communal [or to put it more succinctly, it creates a Judaic ghetto].

Some eruvs can be fairly small, enclosing a tight-knit [Judaic] neighborhood. Brooklyn, for instance, is checkered with relatively small ones. It is perhaps not surprising that Los Angeles, the city that practically invented urban sprawl, is home to one of the largest eruvs anywhere, a vast enclosure 40 miles in circumference, surrounding much of the Westside and spilling over into the San Fernando Valley.

Its boundaries are, roughly, Western Avenue on the east, the 101 Freeway on the north, the 10 on the south and — yes — the 405 on the west. In portions, such as along Western, the boundary consists of fishing line strung along the tops of utility poles. It’s hard to spot, even if you know it’s there [or so they would prefer, given the inherent synagogue/state issue].

But for much of its length, the eruv consists of freeway fences or the freeways themselves.

“We always look for the simplest possible path,” said Howard Witkin, [a Chabad Lubavitch racial supremacist fanatic and] insurance executive who volunteers as an eruv [ghetto] administrator.

Ever since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and California Department of Transportation began work in late 2009 to widen the 405 to 10 lanes, maintaining the eruv has been anything but simple [and a major headache and resource drain to the state, towns, businesses and private landowners involved] .

The freeway widening has meant that seemingly permanent structures such as fences and freeway walls are constantly being breached, torn down or moved. The volunteers who inspect the eruv weekly and maintain it as needed have suddenly found their workload multiply [due to their fanatical adherance to a backwards tradition which should have been reformed centuries ago during the so-called ‘Haskalah’ (Judaic enlightenment) which was no enlightenment].

“It used to be a once-a-week thing,” said Daneil Mayer, a college student who fixes breaks in the boundary. “But since the construction began, it’s four times a week.”

One recent day, Mayer was standing with Witkin in the parking lot of the Bad News Bears baseball field, beside the freeway near Ohio Avenue in Westwood. In the background, cars and trucks lumbered past, the 405 not yet clogged by the afternoon rush. But Mayer’s interest was in the foreground: a scattering of construction equipment, a temporary fence and concrete K-rails, the modular, low-slung traffic dividers that are a familiar part of highway repair projects.

“There used to be a fence where that K-rail is,” Witkin said, pointing. The fence had formed part of the eruv. When it was torn down, Mayer put up 15-foot poles and ran fishing line between them for about 500 feet along Cotner Avenue, which runs along the freeway. [That’s 4 paragraphs dedicated to evoking empathy for those poor racial-supremacists for their troubles in following the rabbis’ backwards traditions]

Mayer pointed to the space between the poles. Sunlight glistened off 250-pound test fishing line.

With the two men was Dan Kulka, community relations manager for Kiewit Infrastructure Group, the construction contractor on the 405 project. His job involves keeping the community happy about the project, or at least not bitterly unhappy. He recalls his puzzlement when he first learned about the eruv [likely because he probably was laboring under the heavily promoted delusion that ‘Jews’ live in ghettos because Christians force them to live that way, a notion handily shredded by this article].

“I got an email from Metro [which was likely strong-armed by some Chabad lobbyist], which said we have to work with the [Chabad Judaic] community on this, and I didn’t have a clue,” he said. “I had to look it up.” [If only he would look up “Noahide Laws”]

Once he caught on, he called a meeting with his construction supervisors. “They’re looking at me like, ‘What?'” [“We’re going to loose a ton of time and money because of these superstitious fanatics! They must have some powerful friends“]

Witkin and Mayer had nothing but praise for the contractor and government agencies for their [coerced] sensitivity. In some cities, eruvs have been met with hostility [as one would imagine] and become battlegrounds over [synagogue]-state issues. That has not so far been the case with this project [due to the fact that the Synagogue has triumphed over the Church and State in California].

“The level of help we’ve had, from the Roman Catholic permit people at Caltrans … to the Muslim line inspector along the freeways who gave us engineering help.…The level of deference and courtesy and kindness — it makes you feel good that you live in [modern, bolshevik, ‘Noahide’] America,” Witkin said.

Kulka could not estimate how much the contractor has spent on eruv-related issues [which was not compensated by Chabad]. “It doesn’t cost a lot,” he said [because he knows that’s what he’s supposed to say], although some labor has been expended [but ‘the Goyim’ paid for it]. Marc Littman, a [Judaic] spokesman for the MTA, insisted that there had been no extra cost to [the] taxpayers [who paid for this idiocy. They say the Kosher racket doesn’t cost the public anything either. Lies]. “This outreach is part of their job,” he [claimed] of the contractors [which accounts for their perplexed reaction above?]

Witkin estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 [observers of Orthodox Judaism, 0.13% of the California population] depend on the eruv each [rabbinic] Sabbath, when [rabbinic] law prohibits working from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. He said there was no violation of church-state rules, any more than installing a crosswalk in front of a church [a ridiculous comparison. Crosswalks protect people from serious physical injury or death. Eruvim are in no way a safety measure. They constitute a rabbinic dispensation from rabbinic laws both of which exist only for enforcement of tribal cohesion. Further, the expense of safety crosswalks for churches is justified by the Christian majority of taxpayers. The tax funds of the 0.13% Orthodox Judaic population of California doesn’t justify catering to their superstitious tribalism, and it’s hardly a safe assumption that they even pay taxes].

Although [most] might find the whole idea to be overly legalistic, even absurd, Witkin said it was all about the [rabbinic] philosophy of translating spiritual ideas into action, giving physical form to [rabbinic] commandments, or mitzvot.

“If you treat [rabbinic] mitzvot as [the] mindless rituals [that they truly are], then you’ve blown it,” he said. “But if you recognize that you’re taking [the rabbis’] deepest philosophical principles and trying to translate them into physical action … with the idea of transforming who I am [into what the rabbis want me to be], then you [understand Chabad’s mystification of what essentially is legalistic, rabbinic tyranny over the tribe].”

Original here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-405-eruv-20110704,0,4051439.story

Also see:

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

Schneerson, Brit-ish Empire, NILI notes

April 14, 2011

Chabad established a synagogue in Jerusalem in 1848 financed by Queen Victoria’s Orthodox Judaic opium dealer, Sir Albert Sassoon, first baronet of Kensington Gore. First synagogue renovated after six day war.

In 1911, (Shalom Dov Ber, 1860-1920, the fifth Lubavitch rebbe’s relative) R. Shneur Zalman (son of R. Levi Yitzhak) settled in (Edmond de Rothschild backed town) Hadera and married the daughter of the wealthy philanthropist Yosef Hindin. During World War I, his son-in-law Levi Yitzhak joined Nili (from the Hebrew initials for the “Glory of Israel” will not die), the [Brit-ish backed Zionist spy organization] headed by Aaron Aaronsohn.(Hasidism in Israel: a history of the Hasidic movement and its masters in the … By Tzvi Rabinowicz p.84)

Levi Yitzhak Schneerson (anglicized as “Liova”) “The banality of indifference: Zionism & the Armenian genocide” By Yair Auron p.13) was close friend of Absalom Feinberg (of Rothschild and Brit-ish backed NILI spy organization) a relative of the Lubavitcher rebbe, came up with the name for the NILI from (I Samuel 15;29) (A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism By Yossi Katz p.37)

Schneerson “The Diary of a NILI Member”

The Diary of Levi Yitzhak Schneerson (1888-194?), one of the lesser known members of NILI … writing in 1917 while waiting in cyprus for a British boat … (Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National Narrative By Yael S. Feldman, p.56)

L.Y. Schneerson, “Diary of a Man of Nili (Haifa: Renaissance, 1967)

Liova Schneerson worked for NILI under Captain McRury of Brit-ish Advance Intelligence. Awarded OBE. Schneerson’s parents were supportive of NILI activity because it advanced “redemption” (The Nili spies By Anita Engle)

http://books.google.com/books?id=nLBHqG5glC4C&pg=PA220&dq=Schneersohn+nili&hl=en&ei=ZjeETfjXEsqtgQfAqZHNCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Schneersohn%20nili&f=false

Liova Schneersohn’s family lived in (Rothschild backed town) Hadera but spent many years in Russia studying anarchism, Russian thought and mysticism (Lawrence and Aaronsohn: T. E. Lawrence, Aaron Aaronsohn, and the Seeds of … By Ronald Florence).

Chaim Weizmann to NILI: “We are doing our best to make sure that Palestine [will be] Jewish under British protection. Your heroic stand encourages our strenuous efforts. Our hopes are great. Be strong and of good courage until the redemption of Israel.” (Lawrence and Aaronsohn: T. E. Lawrence, Aaron Aaronsohn, and the Seeds of … By Ronald Florence)

A Christmas Message for Chabad

December 25, 2010

Your Talmudic Hanukkah festival ended more than 2 weeks ago, yet your ugly 20′ and 30′ PVC and box metal menorahs remain in front of our government buildings on Christmas day.

There is only one name under Heaven by which men may be saved and, try as you might, that name cannot be blotted out.

Glory to God in the Highest; and peace to men of good will!

May Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel, whose Incarnation we celebrate today, miraculously change your bad will to good!

"In the East, all our ‘anti-Semites’ sit in prison”

November 4, 2010

I have difficulty commiserating with the benefactors of the rape of Russia. Expect ‘relations with our Jewish brothers’ to become even cruder.

Ukrainian billionaire and Jewish philanthropist Igor Kolomoisky, left, raises a vodka toast with Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, drinking, at Berlin’s Chabad center during a conference of the European Council of Jewish Communities, Oct. 25, 2010. (Berlin Chabad)

Like NBA’s Nets, European Jewish group gets an oligarch, but some see Soviet-style takeover

Uriel Heilman – JTA

November 2, 2010

BERLIN (JTA) — Two Jewish billionaires who came to Berlin from Ukraine last week for a conference on European Jewish life skipped out on the gathering during a session on the global financial crisis.

Instead they were downing vodka shots with Israel’s chief rabbi in the basement of Berlin’s gleaming Chabad center.

One of the two billionaires, banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky, who with $2 billion in assets ranks No. 488 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 list of the world’s richest people, had just been named the new president of the host organization, the European Council of Jewish Communities. He was awarded the position after committing to give the organization an annual multimillion-euro gift for five years — at least $14 million.

Depending on whom one talked to, the appointment was either a generous lifeline to a cash-strapped organization focused on social welfare and education or a hostile takeover of a group with an important-sounding name.

The problem was that Kolomoisky had not been elected but appointed unilaterally by the organization’s outgoing president, Jonathan Joseph, who had met Kolomoisky for the first time earlier that day. Joseph defended his sudden decision as justified by the size of Kolomoisky’s gift — and by the need to respond to a man who might not be inclined to wait for an official vote from the board of directors.

“If we were going to do business together, we had to do business now,” Joseph told JTA, explaining why he skipped the “niceties of the procedures of the ECJC.” Joseph said, “It’s a good opportunity for him; it’s a good opportunity for us.”

The appointment was celebrated with a dinner of foie gras and braised duck for some 150 people at Berlin’s swankiest hotel, the Adlon — paid for by Kolomoisky, according to Joseph.

But the few board members from the social welfare organization who were present at the dinner found the turn of events jarring.

“This is not a democratic process,” Arturo Tedeschi, an EJCJ board member from Italy, told JTA. “It took place like a Soviet-style takeover.”

Tedeschi and four other board members subsequently resigned. Days later the Italian Union of Jewish Communities withdrew from ECJC.

It wasn’t just the undemocratic nature of the appointment that rankled board members and raised eyebrows here. The appointment also touched the nerve of East-West tensions simmering just beneath the surface of European Jewish life.

For decades, Eastern European and Russian Jewish communities were beneficiaries of the West’s largesse, and in the early years of post-Communist life they were rebuilt by American, Israeli and Western European Jews who did everything from pay for their meals to show them how to pray in synagogue.

Now, two decades since the fall of communism and with Western Jewish institutions mired in financial woes, Jews from the former Soviet Union — oligarchs who made their fortunes as capitalism emerged from the Soviet collapse — are swooping in to take over the leadership of several key European Jewish organizations.

Some view this as a positive development, a rescue from the East. While Western Jewish donors are tired and overextended, the philanthropists from the East are energetic and looking to give, Joseph said.

“They may dress funny and drink too much, but they’re sharp,” Joseph said. “They haven’t been rubbed down and made dull yet.”

Others view the changes more ominously, questioning the motives of the philanthropists from the East — businessmen for whom political connections come in handy.

“Now they have a little toy with which they can go around and say this is the opinion of European Jews,” said Bianca Tedeschi, who came to the conference from Italy with her husband, Arturo. “It’s very scary.”

Joseph defended Kolomoisky.

“His reputation, which we checked out, is a very, very good one,” Joseph said. “Yes, he has commercial disputes, but so does every businessman. His integrity is excellent.”

The ECJC is hardly the first such organization to become the pet project of a Russian-speaking oligarch.

In 2007, computer and agrochemical giant Moshe Kantor, No. 773 on the Forbes list with a net worth of $1.3 billion, was elected president of the European Jewish Congress. Alexander Mashkevitch, a Kazakh who has appeared on Forbes’ lists and is in the metals and gas businesses, heads the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. Ukrainian Vadim Rabinovitch, another oligarch and media mogul, is a vice president of the ECJC.

It’s not just happening in the Jewish world. Russian Jewish tycoon Roman Abramovitch bought Britain’s venerated Chelsea soccer team in 2003. Last year, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

But while Prokhorov’s purchase of the Nets was widely applauded (the basketball team, which last year nearly compiled the worst record in NBA history, could use some cash and a change of direction), the infusion of Easterners into Western Jewish organizations has not been universally cheered.

“We will not be colonized by a Ukrainian, that’s for sure,” one ECJC board member said at the parley in Berlin.

East-West tensions were evident throughout the conference, which drew not only Jewish organizational leaders from throughout Europe but several Israeli officials — including Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger — and the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein.

The East-West resentment runs both ways — something Rabinovitch, the other oligarch who was pouring vodka shots at Chabad in Berlin — acknowledged in a speech at the conference.

“Sometimes we look at each other and we seem to be afraid of each other,” Rabinovitch said of Eastern and Western European Jews at the session, to which he showed up clad in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a baseball cap (everyone else wore jackets and ties). “We’re now more active. We’re really taking steps forward.”

Many in the East view Western Europeans as timid and ineffectual, unwilling to stand up unabashedly for Israel and against anti-Semitism. Lamenting that fact, Rabinovitch recalled how, in Ukraine, “We found anti-Semitic organizations and terminated them.”

“It’s different in Western Europe — there are legal problems,” Rabinovitch said. “In the East, all our anti-Semites sit in prison.”

Eastern European Jewish officials also complain of a paternalistic attitude from the West that’s no longer appropriate now that Eastern Jewish communities have come into their own after decades of communist suppression of Jewish life.

“We’re ready to be an integrated part of the international Jewish community,” said Dmitry Maryasis, director of the Moscow office of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

In Western Europe, however, the emerging Jewish leaders from the East often are seen as uncultured, undignified and of questionable backgrounds. Some Jewish oligarchs have been arrested or linked with shady business dealings.

Leonid Nevzlin, a billionaire who once managed Russia’s largest energy company, Yukos, and is now a major Jewish philanthropist living in Israel, was convicted in 2008 by a Russian court of organizing five murders. Nevzlin, in absentia, dismissed the judgment as a politically motivated farce.

In September, Mashkevitch was caught aboard a luxury yacht stopped by the Turkish authorities for allegedly hosting an orgy with high-end prostitutes. Mashkevitch says he was not involved with the prostitution ring and was not arrested.

In one widely discussed incident, Kantor reportedly presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a bar of soap when they met several years ago to remind her of what the Nazis did to their Jewish victims as they were ushered into the gas chambers.

“They’re like loose canons; they’re not really answerable to anyone,” said Susy Stone, who came to the ECJC conference from London. “The Jewish community needs a little more levelheadedness.”

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/02/2741555/like-nbas-nets-european-jewish-group-gets-an-oligarch-but-some-see-soviet-takeover

‘Noahide Law’ Peddling Rabbi Incites the Mob re:Sharia Law

October 11, 2010

See:

English Defence League forges links with America’s Tea Party

Chabad Rabbi In Bed With British Group Linked To Racist Skinheads And Soccer Hooligans

Gilad Atzmon: The Jewish Division

Noahide Joe Biden Reports to Chabad

June 18, 2010
“You’re one of the good guys,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Rabbi Avraham Shemtov


Biden meets with Chabad group

June 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chabad emissaries convening in Washington met with Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden met the emissaries, who came from around the world and the United States, during their meetings Thursday with administration officials.

The U.S. leader reviewed Chabad teachings he had acquired over the years, including the necessity of combing “wisdom, knowledge and understanding,” and explained how these could be applied to statecraft.

The two-day emissaries’ conference, organized by American Friends of Lubavitch, also featured meetings with 20 members of both houses of the Congress, including the majority and minority leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, a dinner featuring a speech by Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist Elie Wiesel, and a lunch with ambassadors from countries where Chabad emissaries serve.

Jack Lew, a deputy secretary of state, shared stories about having to build a busy schedule around his Shabbat observance.

Top Turkish diplomats attended the lunch and the dinner with Wiesel, part of a bid to reassure American Jews that Turkey’s Jewish community remains safe despite recent Turkey-Israel tensions.

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/17/2739664/biden-meets-with-chabad-group

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Pope Arrives in U.S. on “Education Day” 2008