I gave you a lot to read this week (!) so this is just a shorter post, to draw some more conclusions.
I was reading through some more info and comments on all these ‘Jewish orphans’ from war-torn Ukraine – who may, or really may not be Jewish at all.
As I said in THIS post, it seems highly unlikely that a city like Odessa, with a Jewish population of 12,500 in 2012, would have 350 Jewish orphans that need shipping out to Israel.
(BTW, on the ‘Tikva’ website HERE, they now say the Jewish community has grown to 45,000 Jews. That also sounds like a massive increase, in just 10 years, but what do I know…)
Commentator Inna said this:
I live in the community that is very active supporters of Tikva orphanage in Odessa.
Constant fundraising and gala parties with art sales and fashion shows in New York. To a normal mind from former Soviet Union knowing who the Jews were there it is almost impossible to conceive that there are Jewish orphans.
Never saw a Jewish mom leave her child. If not the mom then family would take over.
It is just not in our blood to leave kids.
Here’s a screenshot from the Tikva website, talking about how many orphans they’ve saved in the last 20 years:
Again, I’m not saying they aren’t working with orphans, and doing a bunch of good things.
For sure, they must be doing some stuff with kids, in Odessa.
What I’m questioning, tho, is whether these kids are really Jewish?
And when I read things like ‘there are still 2,500 desperate Jewish children waiting to be rescued’ – in a community of 45,000 Jews – I find those figures very hard to believe, honestly.
Then over email, I got this from someone else, also talking about this Tikva orphanage in Odessa:
Apparently some organisation called Tikvah raised $1.6 million for Jewish orphans in Ukraine: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/323251.This organization has a strange feel to me. They even have a CEO, Refael Kruskal, who says he’s Haredi and the Kyiv Chief Rabbi, and they have a large board of trustees (who all work for free, right?).Their website makes it sound like Ukraine is some sort of 3rd world country where rachmana litzlan. Jewish orphans roam the streets (not true). But I guess that’s how you raise funds….Arutz 7 had an article about “refugees from Ukraine” landing on an aliyah flight, including the “Chief Rabbi.”
Now I really wonder where they are taking these kids in Medinat Yisroel.From the pictures of the buses, it looks to me like Chabad’s so-called 140 orphans and this organisation’s so-called 170 orphans are one and the same and a lot of tzedekah is being raised off this ‘story.’
When I read this stuff together this morning, a few cogs started to whir in my brain about another possible angle to all this.
Despite the fact that they have the Knesset bought and sold; and the Chief Rabbinate bought and sold, and so many ‘leading Rabbis’ secretly working for them, the Frankist-Freemasons who run the State of Israel still know that they can’t shove this law down the public’s throat, without a huge amount of pushback from the regular Jews who live here.
This is a line in the sand that 99% of the Jewish population just won’t cross.
How about a bunch of cute, war-torn orphans from Ukraine – with no papers, and big questions about whether they are even Jewish at all?
Take a look at this wonderful piece of State of Israel propaganda:
How many of these refugees are really halachically Jewish?
Conversions are about to become the big news again in Israel, as soon as Lapid gets to finally sit in the PM’s chair.
There is nothing like 100,000 newly-arrived Ukrainian refugees in Israel – many of whom probably AREN’T halachically Jewish, because I doubt highly that anyone spent a few weeks checking out ketubas before they flew them out of Kiev this week – to totally ignite the emotional aspect of this debate, to steamroller any objections about ‘halacha needing to be followed’.