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Nusach Sefard is the order of the prayers for the Chassidim (who, by the way are also Ashkenazi in origin), and it is the order used in Israel and in most shteebles throughout the world. Many Ashkenaz Jews attend both Nusach Sefard and Nusach Ashkenaz shuls. The Nusach Sefard siddur has a little more content, and the order differs only slightly from that of Nusach Ashkenaz.Fine by me. I emailed the seller back and said that I was happy with my purchase, please send the book.
David Nason, New York correspondentGood. I'm encouraged. In fact, we should use a stronger medium to spread this news. Why not have the president include this bit of trivia in a fireside speech?
February 17, 2006
SECRET tapes recorded in Saddam Hussein's inner sanctum in the mid-1990s reveal the former dictator discussed the inevitability of terrorist attacks on the US.
The tapes, recorded by Saddam in his palace office, also provide strong evidence that Iraq's chemical weapons program was hidden from UN inspectors.
On one of the tapes, Hussein Kamel, a Saddam son-in-law who was in charge of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, speaks candidly about deceiving the UN.
"We did not reveal all that we have," Kamel says in a meeting with Saddam and his top henchmen. "Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use: none of this was correct."
The tapes, broadcast yesterday on the ABC television network in the US, support claims that the 2003 "coalition of the willing" invasion of Iraq was justified because Saddam was intent on developing WMD and could have provided them to terrorists.
But Saddam is also heard telling aides that Iraq would not launch terror attacks on the West and that he had even warned the US and Britain that they were terrorist targets. "Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans and told the British as well," Saddam says on the tapes.
"I think Hamed was there keeping the meeting minutes with one of them, that in the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction.
"What prevents this technology from developing and people from smuggling it? In the future, what would prevent that we see a booby-trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?
"This is coming, this story is coming, but not from Iraq."
On the same tape, Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz tells Saddam a biological attack would be easy to arrange.
"It's so simple that any biologist can make a bottle of germs and drop it into a water tower and kill 100,000," he says.
"This is not done by a state. An individual can do it."
The ABC said it had obtained the tapes from John Tierney, an Iraqi-speaking former UN weapons inspector who was hired to translate them for the FBI.
The CIA had recovered the tapes in Baghdad after Saddam was deposed in 2003.
Mr Tierney said he leaked the tapes because he felt they were "too important" for the US to keep secret. The US State Department had no comment, but Charles Duelfer, head of the US-led search for weapons of mass destruction after the first Gulf War, told ABC News the tapes supported the view that Saddam was intent on rebuilding weapons of mass destruction.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra, said the US was sitting on 35,000 boxes of Saddam tapes and documents that were yet to be translated or analysed.
Mr Hoekstra said they needed to be examined urgently.
US officials confirmed the Tierney tapes were authentic, and that they were among hundreds of hours of tapes Saddam recorded in his palace office.
Mr Tierney intends to publicly release 12 hours of the tapes at a non-government intelligence summit this weekend.
"Because of my experience being in the inspections and being in the military, I knew the significance of these tapes when I heard them," he said.
By JOSEF FEDERMANIllegal. I wonder who's side the Guardian is on?
Associated Press Writer
AMONA, West Bank (AP) - Israeli riot police wielding clubs and water cannons cleared out part of this illegal Jewish settlement outpost Wednesday, as resisters fought back with sticks, stones, bricks and paint. More than 200 were injured, one-quarter of them officers.
In anguished scenes reminiscent of last summer's Gaza withdrawal, the security forces dragged hundreds of protesters from rooftops barricaded in barbed wire and flattened empty homes with bulldozers and heavy machinery. The military said 32 people were arrested at the scene along with ``dozens of other rioters'' in the area.G-d, please let him lose.
The fierce battle was a likely harbinger of what lies ahead if Israel decides to leave other parts of the West Bank. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the front-runner in the March 28 Israeli elections, is widely expected to withdraw from more areas of the territory and dismantle additional Jewish settlements if he wins.
Olmert has said he is ready to make painful territorial concessions as part of a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians, but has signaled he will act unilaterally if an accord is not possible.Wait, the Israelis were giving the Palestinians financial support?! But, they're supposed to be evil oppressors, practicing Apartheid!
The likelihood of unilateral action - including limited withdrawals meant to boost Israeli security - has grown since the victory by the militant group Hamas in last week's Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings, has come under world pressure to change its ways. In the first major challenge to Hamas, Israel froze the transfer of about $45 million owed to the Palestinians while Egypt called on the Islamic group to give up violence.
The Israeli decision deepened a financial crisis for the Palestinian Authority, which said it did not have enough money to meet its monthly payroll. Palestinian officials said they had arranged emergency funding from Arab allies.Good for them. Paint-filled balloons. What a good idea!
The battle over Amona, an Israeli hilltop enclave in the heart of the West Bank, was seen as a test for Olmert, who has said he would act with determination against settlers violating the law.
The clashes were on par with the most violent scenes during the pullout from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, in which 25 settlements were dismantled.
``The behavior of the settlers cannot be tolerated,'' Olmert said. ``Today they crossed every line.''
The confrontation began Wednesday morning after Israel's Supreme Court ordered nine uninhabited houses recently built on private Palestinian land to be demolished. The remainder of the outpost - including a synagogue, playground and cramped trailer homes inhabited by about 35 families - was not affected.
During the daylong operation, the rioters, most of them young Orthodox Jews, including girls, pelted police with eggs, rocks, sand and paint-filled balloons from their rooftop strongholds.
Police burst into the homes, climbing ladders and riding in the shovels of bulldozers to reach the roofs. The protesters beat the police with sticks and set fires on the rooftops. Thick, black smoke from burning tires rose into the air and covered the area with a stench, as police aimed water cannons at the rioters.The deal will be final once Hamas swears to continue their intifada against Israel.
Hundreds of protesters watched the melee from afar, occasionally scuffling with lines of riot troops, some on horseback. The houses were cleared out one by one, and bulldozers and large jackhammers knocked down the buildings.
Israel's rescue service said 219 people were injured, including 10 people in moderate to serious condition.
At a field clinic, people milled about, their heads wrapped in bandages and blood splattered on their shirts. Others sat dazed on the ground, their arms in slings. Several lay motionless on the ground, necks in braces, before being taken away by ambulances.
Shmuel Greenwald, an 18-year-old seminary student from Jerusalem who had holed up in one of the homes, accused police of using excessive force. ``They hit me on the back, no questions asked. They just came in swinging,'' he said.
Among the wounded were more than 50 police officers, one with serious head wounds, and two ultranationalist lawmakers who supported the protesters.
Amona is among dozens of illegal West Bank outposts established by Jewish settlers since the 1990s to prevent Israel from turning over the territory to the Palestinians. Under the U.S.-backed ``road map'' peace plan, Israel has pledged to remove about two dozen outposts.
Settlers and their extremist reinforcements vowed to fight that. ``If there is no resistance, the withdrawals will continue,'' said Uriel Shub, an 18-year-old West Bank settler who was injured in the elbow. Settlers and their backers say all of the West Bank belongs to the Jews.
Hamas maintains that all of Israel - as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip - belongs to the Palestinians.
The United States and the European Union have said millions of dollars in aid could be in jeopardy unless Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev explained the decision to freeze this month's transfer of $45 million in taxes and customs payments to the Palestinian Authority by saying Israel and the world could not be expected to finance ``suicide bombings and violent jihad.''
A senior Palestinian official said Saudi Arabia and Qatar pledged to transfer $33 million to the Palestinian Authority to ease its budget crisis. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final.
In Egypt, officials said their country would send a strong message to Hamas to recognize Israel, disarm and honor past peace deals - the latest sign of Arab governments pushing the group to moderate its stance.
Between 1.2 million and 1.5 million people died at Auschwitz, of whom about 1 million were Jewish.God bless the Jews, and Israel. May they never be made victims again.
Other groups of people who died included Polish political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies, homosexuals, people with disabilities and prisoners of conscience or religious faith.
The complex contained three camps and at least 36 sub-camps which were built outside the town of Oswiecim, on an isolated 40 sq km site, between 1940 and 1942.
May 20, 1940 - German forces occupying Poland set up Auschwitz I in an old Polish army barracks which later served as the administrative centre for the whole complex. It was the site of the deaths of around 70,000 Polish intellectuals and Soviet prisoners of war.
June 14, 1940 - The first transport of Polish political prisoners from Tarnow arrives at Auschwitz. Among the 728 Poles there were a number of Jews. The entrance to Auschwitz I is marked with the sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work makes you free).
Sept 3, 1941 - First victims gassed to death in Auschwitz using Zyklon-B are 600 Soviet prisoners of war and 250 Jews from the infirmary.
Oct 1941 - Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, which could accommodate over 100,000 inmates opens. It would become the main site of mass killings.
Jan 1942 - Four large gas chambers added to Auschwitz II camp, capable of disposing of about 2000 a day people per day. Three more extermination camps opened to step up killings. Auschwitz III supplied forced labour for the nearby I.G Farben plant.
Jan 1942 - Senior Nazis meet at the Wannsee conference to co-ordinate the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" and to agree on a definition of "Jew".
March-June 1943 - New crematoria put into operation at Auschwitz-Birkenau. By 1944, 6000 a day were being killed.
Nov-Dec 1944 - Germans dismantle, bury and plant over Auschwitz's gas chambers and crematoria.
Jan 1945 - Auschwitz evacuated as the Soviet Red Army advances, many prisoners killed in camp, 58,000 compelled to leave and most die during forced march.
Jan 27, 1945 - Soviet soldiers enter Auschwitz and free the remaining 7000 prisoners.
About 200,000 inmates of the camp from 1940-45 survived.
As the death toll rises above 125,000, American corporations have responded with millions of dollars in contributions.As the death toll rises above 125,000 with countless injured, widowed and orphaned, there has been a rush of aid and supplies to millions of the tsunami’s victims. Assistance came from a variety of “unlikely” sources, such as President Bush and large corporations, much to the chagrin of the liberal media and Hollywood elite. The network news bureaus and largely liberal entertainment industry have remained eerily silent regarding this devastating global crisis. Indeed, at this time of year most of the entertainers go on winter holiday to the slopes or sunny beaches. To date, they have ignored the crisis rather than help the relief efforts and lend their support for donations. The vile and rotund Michael Moore is filming his docudrama Sicko on the so-called “evil” pharmaceutical industry. Moore will certainly omit the timely and generous contributions made by this altruistic industry sector. As of December 31, 2004 the following pharmaceutical giants have donated and/or pledged for the Southeast Asia tsunami disaster relief effort: • Pfizer Inc. $10 million cash and $25 million in drugs to relief agencies
"Some day, taking its pattern from the United States, there will be founded a United States of Europe."
"The importance of each nation as a living power today is dependent upon the proportion of genuinely Teutonic blood in its population. Only Teutons sit on the thrones of Europe."
Houston Stewart Chamberlain
"Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland: Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island: Who rules the World-Island commands the World."
Sir Halford Mackinder
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Osama bin Laden praised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Monday, dubbed him al-Qaida's Iraqi head and said cooperating in the Iraq elections would be the act of an infidel.
In an audio tape broadcast by the Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite television station and monitored in Beirut, bin Laden praised the "daring" attacks carried out by Zarqawi's group against U.S. forces and the interim government of Iyad Allawi in Iraq.
Bin Laden described Zarqawi as "the Mujahed Emir, dignified brother" -- the fighter prince -- and said: "It should be known that Mujahed brother Abu-Musab Zarqawi is the emir of the al-Qaida for Jihad organization in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq). The brothers in the group there should heed his orders and obey him in all that which is good."
Bin Laden called for a boycott of the Iraqi elections scheduled on January 30.
He blasted Paul Bremer, the former civilian administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, for imposing "a man-made, secular constitution" that was not solely based on Islamic law.
Such a constitution, according to Islam, he said, "is an infidel constitution" even if "the source of 90 percent of the laws is the Islamic Shariah (law) and the source of 10 percent is man-made legislation.
"Based on that, whoever participates, knowingly and willingly, in the elections we have just described, becomes a non-believer."
"All the planet is vibrating" from the quake, said Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute. Speaking on SKY TG24 TV, Boschi said the quake even disturbed the Earth's rotation.
Living in the Seattle area, earthquakes catch our attention because a major one is supposed to strike us in the very near future. At least, they've been saying that since I was a kid.
We all know what to do if the ground starts shaking. Get the heck under a desk or a table, and stay away from windows. Common sense, right?
In third world countries, its a good idea to put a GPS tracking device on your fishing boat, so that you can find it once the tsunami has swept it onto somebody's roof.
In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, more than 2,150 people were killed, the prime minister's office said. Indian officials said as many as 1,130 died along the southern coast. At least 408 died on Sumatra from floods and collapsing buildings. Another 168 were confirmed dead in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and 2 in Bangladesh.We should pray for these people, and anybody else missing. And, for their families.