Watch Out For Disappearing Rights

Dear Editor,

The mainstream media will deny tactics by the Obama administration that include arrest and execution of our citizens without due process of law. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law on January 2, 2013, by President Obama, allows the arrest and indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens for exercising their rights that are protected by the First Amendment.

The Obama administration also maintains it has the authority to secretly target U.S. citizens for execution without even charging them with a crime. A speech by Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University on March 25, 2012, cements Obama’s legacy as the president who pioneered secretive, chargeless executions. The ACLU responded, “Few things are as dangerous to American liberty as the proposition that our government should be able to kill our citizens anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a court, either before or after the fact.”

The next item on the Obama agenda is to disarm Americans, which he will do with the convenient help of the United Nations. The UN under the guise of a proposed global “Small Arms Treaty” that is premised to fight “terrorism,” “insurgency,” and “international crime syndicates” will also target our Second Amendment right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms as a defense against tyranny. It will create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation. This scheme to confiscate our firearms will enslave us to the UN or worse. Without the public’s diligence, during some night in the future, your front door will be kicked in by the UN “blue helmets” to perform their assignment.

Yours truly,

Robert A. Dahlquist

Orange, CA

Too Much Oneg?

I think we reached an all-time high of extreme gashmiyus. The hotel ads for Pesach do nothing to honor the memory of our brethren who lived under the most excruciating, oppressive circumstances in Egypt. What about our philosophical preparation for the chag, the mindset of the time when the Master of the Universe took us to Him and made us His Nation? This is how we praise Him? This is how we express our loyalty and dedication to His kindness? What have we become?

Rivka Olenick

To My Father-In-Law On His First Yahrzeit


So it’s almost a year since you’re not here with us. 11 months to be exact. I am still heartbroken, the same as I was when I got the call from the doctor telling us that you had passed. Abba, what can I say? Our life without you is so different. You brought a special shine to our house. Having you living with us was such an honor for me, Rivki, and the kids. You had this special bond with every one of us. You taught each of us something so special. You lived your life through Torah and took on each day with a smile even though we knew how heartbroken you were that Ema was gone and you missed her funeral. I do not know how you carried on each day.

You fought with your foot and your heart and you managed to smile for me every day before I left for work. I can’t ever imagine what you went through. But I do know it was an honor to take care of you and I only wish I still had that chance. It’s so hard to see Rivki in pain. She’s a trooper and tries not to show it but I know how much she hurts. I don’t know how to comfort her because there is no way. How do you comfort someone that lost both parents within two years? You can’t–it’s just impossible. Is there a way you can tell me? Come to me and talk to me.

I want Rivki to smile again about you and Ema. Never in a million years did I think you wouldn’t be here today. I thought we had a handle on your health. Boy, were we wrong. The saying that man plans and G‑d laughs is so true. We had so many plans for you. A new room, a study, a new kitchen. What good is it if you’re not here? I so wish you were. I just can’t tell Rivki how much I miss you. Because she is right–I have parents and I’m lucky. But you were so much of a father to me I just can’t say goodbye. I don’t think I ever will. Abba, I look up to you and so appreciate the time we had together. I just wish it was a lot longer. Abba, the most important mitzvah you taught my kids is the mitzvah of kibud av v’eim. They saw firsthand what it is to take care of a parent. May you be a meilitz yosher for our family and Klal Yisrael. Until we meet again when Mashiach comes.

I love you,

Ashi (Elefant)


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