Book condoning murder has another rabbi in hot water

The police’s Unit of International Crime Investigations on Thursday detained rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, the president of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar in connection to a book that condoned the killing of non-Jews.

Ginsburg was detained for questioning days after the alleged author of the book, rabbi Yitzhak Shapira was arrested for inciting to violence. Shapira is also a rabbi at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva.

The book, named “The King’s Torah,” deems the killing of non-Jews who threaten Israel as legal. “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” the book says, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.”

Ginsburg, who recommended the book to his students, is a follower of Chabad. He has faced prosecution in the past for incitement to racism after having published a book insisting that there is no place for Arabs in the state of Israel. The charges were dropped after Ginsburg issued a clarification letter.

Ginsburg is a well known radical in his views on Israel’s Arab public. The police declined to comment on the ongoing investigation against him.

The Od Yosef Chai yeshiva issued a letter on Thursday condemning the police, saying that in any other enlightened country it would be inconceivable to question such an admirable man as rabbi Ginsburg.


Mood Alert July 30th-31st, 2010

We are now at the height of one of the most concentrated periods of planetary alignments for quite some time – indeed probably the biggest alignment period since Mood Alert first started over 8 years ago.

Of particular note is the massive alignment featuring Venus, Mars, Saturn, Earth, the Moon, Jupiter and Uranus. Also of note is the alignment involving Neptune, Earth and Mercury. There is lso the effects of a geomagnetic storm to contend with.


For more effects of this massive alignment see below

Today also sees the opposition of the Moon and Mars and Saturn. With such a wide diversity of influence it is bound to be difficult to come to an accurate prediction for likely moods and feelings. However the sheer complexity of the situation guarantees a confusing, frustrating and highly challenging mood atmosphere with contrasting emotions that are likely to range between various extremes.

Certainly this is a heady cocktail of moods and feelings that for some may prove unsettling, and with the Moon currently in opposition to Mars there is likely to be an element of raised aggression and belligerence.

On the other hand the influence of Saturn will at least bestow restraint, discipline and control, but with the potential for doubtful, pessimistic and insecure emotions that may tend towards depression or an overly bleak view of ones prospects. Then again there is the quirkiness of Uranus to contend with. This can give rise to eccentric, out of character emotions with drastic and dramatic solutions to even mundane problems of an everyday nature. In the next 24 hours the influence of Uranus becomes all the more heightened as it aligns with the Moon and this is out of the top category of mood unsettling influences with the potential for major disruption.

All in all this is an almost unprecedented period of celestial complexity. The negatives include aggressive unpredictable, and unduly pessimistic inclinations, whereas the positives are likely to see determined, inspired and original ideas that have the potential for life altering changes of direction.

As mentioned in the previous alert this atmosphere also forms a time of pivotal importance, so that ones personal life will be shaped and changed, either to a subtle or major extent – for better or worse – but either way emerge with an altered perspective as well as altered personal horizons.

Alert is 8. Moon 85% illuminated.


MOOD ALERT July 28th-29th, 2010

28th – 29th July 2010

As mentioned in previous alerts we are now coming to one of the years most concentrated periods of planetary alignments. Indeed just two days after the Full  Moon we are in the midst of a massive conjunction featuring Venus, Mars, Saturn, Earth, Jupiter and Uranus. In addition we are at the peak of the alignment featuring Mercury, Earth and Neptune.

Essentially it means that all of the major planets of the Solar System are now in alignment with the Earth – an exceedingly rare event, that is a first since Mood Alert began. Indeed the first mentioned alignment above is the most enormous we have ever reported on and gives some indication of the uniqueness of this current period.

With regard to moods and emotions this will inevitably be a period of the utmost complexity. The lingering effects of the Full Moon will still be evident contributing to tense, nervous restlessness with heightened awareness,  perception and also raised apprehensions and anxiety.

As with any Full Moon situation there will also be more belligerent, aggressive and confrontational moods with the potential for arguments and contentious encounters. Strong feelings are likely though these will to some extent be moderated by the influence of Venus. This may introduce more sympathetic and understanding emotions with affectionate and caring inclinations that will help to calm the harsher elements of this alert period. Inevitably with such an enormously complex celestial situation there will be a wide contrast of moods and inclinations some of which may tend to cancel each other out. In reality however the interpretation of this unique celestial  situation could run to book length.

A summary of likely emotions (already published) is included below, but certain to say this  mood environment is bound to evoke some degree of confusion, chaos, and frustration. Negatives include a hesitant, uncertain and vague outlook with poor concentration, whereas the positives see a more imaginative, powerful, resourceful and inventive disposition that may see solutions to problems that may not otherwise have been possible.

Whatever the case this is a unique mood atmosphere that will offer substantial challenges as well as rewards and will be of pivotal importance (for better or worse) in framing ones future course of development.

Alert is 8.5. Moon 96% illuminated.

Disturbances likely

Times of heightened planetary alignment almost inevitably lead to a corresponding rise in natural disasters, social turmoil and headline events the world over. As such this current celestial situation is likely to be no exception and its sheer magnitude means that for the next month or so there is the likelihood of extreme events and happenings that will add significant colour to news bulletins everywhere.

Massive alignment.

Currently we are influenced a massive alignment featuring Mars, Saturn, Earth, Jupiter and Uranus. In the next 24 hours this will be joined by Venus and constitutes one of the biggest alignments witnessed since Mood Alert first began. Predicting likely moods from this gathering is far from easy

Certain to say there will be a confusion of moods and feelings with contrasting inclinations and competing emotions that are likely to represent a roller coaster of feeling that will range between various extremes. For example Mars is now coming into alignment with Saturn and this is likely to create self- assertive but disciplined emotions with practical, controlled, or limited feelings. However there may also be a severe or ambitious edge to inclinations with unscrupulous, selfish, cruel or even violent behavioural patterns.

In the next 24 hours this will be balanced by the gentler more affectionate feelings of Venus. At the same time Jupiter may offer a more affable , generous and fun loving mood environment, though, as mentioned many times here the planet is in long term alignment with Uranus. This is creating strong deviation from the norm that although capable of inventive and highly innovative thought, is also prone to drastic anti-social compensation for personal inadequacies.

To complicate matters further we are now coming to the height of the alignment between Neptune, Earth and Mercury. This will continue to active for at least the next week or so and is likely to result in sensitive mental expression with vague, idealistic and imaginative emotional impulses. In addition there may be confused, absent-minded, dishonest, and chaotic feelings interspersed with vague fears and imaginings.


Two new oil incidents

*I do not believe in coincidences*

840,000 gallons of oil leaks into Kalamazoo River

Marshall Township, Mich. – A pipeline company says 840,000 gallons of oil has leaked into a creek that feeds into the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan.

Wellhead hit, leaking oil near Bayou St. Denis

JEFFERSON, La. – Officials in Jefferson Parish said that a wellhead was hit overnight and it is leaking oil near Bayou St. Denis.

Councilman Chris Roberts said he is getting reports of oil in the marsh from the Jefferson Parish emergency management staff.  Vessels of opportunity are en route to beginning cleaning up the area.

“There is a pretty good amount of oil flowing there,” said Roberts, though the exact amout is unknown.