And We're Back!

After some technical difficulties with the site, everything is back to normal. This is the very beginning of an ambitious project, and we appreciate you taking part.

Please help spread the word---especially on the links to the right (in the "Take Action!" Section.) It is important to speak out and speak loudly against antisemitism and pro-terrorist activity.

Although that is the catalyst for what brought this site into being, we have decided to broaden our scope and aspirations to include not only information about the troubling problems on the internet, but to also promote Jewish pride, knowledge, and unity, which we believe comes in many various forms and flavors. We hope to do this with a lot of humor at times and intensity and passion during others, in order to make this organization have broad appeal and to more accurately reflect the personality of its founder.

From the Beastie Boys to Moshe Feiglin, there is a world of diversity among the Jewish people. This organization hopes to be as diverse as the Jewish People. There will be a lot of material which might seem to "drown out" what the original intention of the organization is, but that is not our intention. Our intention is to not only focus on all the awful things on the web (as that can get rather hopeless and depressing), but to also use the web to celebrate the great things too. In other words, again, the focus of this organization is extremely broad--though we have built it upon a solid foundation of fighting the anti-Jewish elements out there.

We must re-write the book on fighting our enemies, as our "leaders" are letting us down. Whether it's the ADL with its $50 million/year budget barely on top of the issues on the web, or whether it is Olmert and Livni discussing the giving up the Golan (thereby endangering Jewish lives, as even discussing that possibility fuels the hope of our enemies,) something is entirely amiss among our people. There seems to be a total lack of Jewish leadership.

This organization looks to the younger generation to pave the way to the future leadership of the Jewish People. Let us hope and pray the next generation of leaders will not let us down as the current one is.

On that note, we'd like to share something very important on many levels:

While the JIDF does not support the political views and religious wanderings of the Beastie Boys as of late, we do support their inherently Jewish soul. While we understand many Jews might have a problem with the posting of such a video, we here at the JIDF, see nothing wrong in sharing what we believe is a video of three Jews davening in their own way. Due to the lack of true Jewish Leadership and the failure of people parading around as such, many Jews oftentimes feel completely disconnected to Judaism and each other. Many Jews go to great extremes to avoid being that of which they are. They cling to everything of which they are not. They do it with religious zeal. Because the Jewish people are so out-sized (a mere fraction of the percentage of the worlds' population) we oftentimes do things in a larger-than-life style in order to assert ourselves. However, all Jewish success is attributed to, and a glorification of, Hashem.

We also shared the video as we believe that the Jewish people are like Shadrach, Meshash, and Abednego-- although Hashem often seems to hold us in the fire,
NOTHING destroys us! (not even our own self-destructive tendencies.)

Excerpts From Wikipedia:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (sometimes referred to collectively as The Three Young Men) were three friends of Daniel in the Bible whose Hebrew names were Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, respectively.

Like Daniel, they were youths from the Jewish nobility. At the first deportation of the Jews by Nebuchadnezzar (the kingdom of Israel had come to an end nearly a century before at the hands of the Assyrians), or immediately after his victory over the Egyptians at the second battle of Carchemish, in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim (606 BC), these three and Daniel were among the Jewish young nobility carried off to Babylon (probably as hostages to ensure the loyalty of Judah's king and advisors), along with some of the vessels of the temple. They were subsequently evaluated and chosen for their intellect and beauty, to be trained as Chaldeans.

At one point early on in their training, they were assigned a daily amount of food and wine from the king's own table. Following Daniel's lead, they asked for permission not to eat the food, which had been offered to idols and was therefore unclean according to their laws. But the official in charge of them feared that if the king saw them looking ill, he might face execution. So they asked for a ten-day test: they would be given nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. At the end of the ten days, they would be compared with the young men who ate the royal food and treated accordingly. The test was conducted, and at the end of ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

Some time later, King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold and set it up in Babylon. He ordered that whenever the people heard the sound of the "horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music," they would bow down and worship the image or else be thrown into a blazing furnace.

But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not bow down or worship the image. Some of the king's astrologers informed the king, and he ordered that they be brought before him. He questioned them and repeated his threat, but the three men insisted that they would not worship the idol, faithful that their God would save them. Angrily, the king ordered that the furnace be made seven times hotter than usual and that the three men be tied up and thrown in.

The flames were so hot that the soldiers who threw them in were killed on the spot. But when King Nebuchadnezzar looked in, he saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking around unbound and unharmed.

The king called to them to come out, and they did so completely unharmed, not even smelling of smoke or fire. So the king lauded their faith and decreed that anyone who spoke against the God of Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego would be "cut to pieces and their houses turned to piles of rubble."

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