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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

USA Kerry, Terrorists aren't Misbehaving Innocent Children!!

In another one of his proof of idiocy, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry said:
Kerry to the Media: Cover Terrorism Less, So 'People Wouldn't Know What's Going On'
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on. (Applause.)
Again, Kerry shows the world how he misunderstands terrorists. They don't just murder and attack for the attention. It's an act of war, another genre in the military lexicon. That's why it must be fought with force, not words or kindness. And considering the applause that apparently had greeted his statement, many people do agree with him. They are all wrong.

There's a lot of terrorism going on in the world that is being ignored by the media, and it's growing, not shrinking. It's a relatively cheap way to attack one's enemies. It bypasses the super-expensive international military industries.

International media and diplomats have been focusing more on the massive numbers of refugees fleeing parts of the Middle East and Africa but less on the terror they are trying to leave. Those who do the actual terrorizing aren't ogling themselves  and how they look on the media. That isn't what's driving them to murder.

Kerry's request that there would be less terror if the terrorists got less media attention is like the pedagogic principle that one must give more attention for good behavior than bad. Terrorists aren't bullies in nursery schools. They are more like mass-murderers.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ריבונות Ribonut, Sovereignty, The Magic Ingredient

The truth is that our victory, our security, our chance to see the State of Israel thrive the way it should is ריבונות Ribonut, Sovereignty and nothing else. Without declaring ריבונות Ribonut, Israeli Sovereignty over all of the Land we liberated with Gd's help in the 1967 Six Days War, we are effectively turning our miraculous victory into a defeat.

Yes, that's the bottom line, the uncomfortable truth.

Nadia Matar, Yehudit Katzover (of Women in Green) and the many others who have been dedicating their time of late to promoting Sovereignty nailed it correctly. The 7th edition of their Sovereignty Journal was recently published. It's a must-read for sure!

If Sovereignty had been declared over all the Land in June, 1967, we would never have gotten mired in the "occupation" dilemma. Today's security and diplomatic problems are results of lack of clear Israeli Sovereignty. The longer it's delayed the more complicated it will be to clear up the resulting problems and dangers.

It's not "frustration" and lack of "state of their own" that pushes the Arabs into terrorism, it's the weakness of the Israeli Government and the fear that there will be a new Arab state called Palestine, sic, that makes Arabs feel that they must show their "anti-Israel" stance. So, the nicer, weaker and more understanding we are towards the Arabs the more they feel the need to show their support for terror/Hamas. Call it self-preservation Arab style. That's right. The further the Israeli Government goes from full Sovereignty, the closer the Arabs go to terrorism.

It is time to change tracks and have the Government of Israel declare full Israeli Sovereignty on all of the Land we now hold. And, yes, that does mean we must "phase out" the PA Palestinian Authority and declare it null and void.

Only that will bring us peace and security!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

GUEST POST: Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah
by Mr. Cohen

Rambam, Hilchot Melachim, Chapter 4, paragraph 8:
The King Messiah will take a one 13th part [7.69%] of the all lands that Israel conquers, for himself, and for his descendants forever.

Rambam, commentary on Mishnah Sanhedrin, chapter 10:
When the Mashiach dies, his son will rule after him,
and his grandson will rule after that.
Over the past 2,000 years, 36 Jewish men have claimed to be the messiah.  34 of them had no children, one of them had a daughter, and one of them had two sons who died before he died.  None of them had a son and grandson to follow him.

When Rambam described the messiah as having a son and a grandson, he achieved a super-concise refutation of all the false messiahs in the 1,000 years before him and all the false messiahs in the 1,000 years after him.
For more proof that the messiah will have sons, see the Metsudath David commentary on Yechezkel chapter 44 verse 3 and Yechezkel chapter 45 verse 7, which identifies the prince who leaves an inheritance to his sons as the King Messiah.


“All anyone needs to know about the Middle East conflict is that:

The Jews want peace and the Arabs don’t, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics and territory are just excuses.”

Why I support Israel by Pat Condell, 2014 June 18
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews
“I no longer believe that the Israelis should give back Jerusalem...
Experience has taught us that the Islamic mentality views ANY concession as weakness to be exploited further. And besides, too many so-called Palestinians seem less concerned with peace and freedom, than with driving Jews into the sea, so the bombings would not stop.”
SOURCE: Why do Muslims always blame the Jews?</i> by Pat Condell
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools.
“It is often said, because it is true, that if the Arabs laid down their weapons, there would be peace; but if the Jews laid down their weapons, they would be massacred, because the Arabs, the Muslims Arabs for all you hair-splitters out there, don’t want peace, they want the Jews dead.”
SOURCE: Useful idiots for Palestine by Pat Condell, 2011 November 4
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

Geula Cohen, Israeli Heroine and Icon 90!

We've known Geula Cohen and her family, her late husband Emanuel (Adam, his underground Lechi name) Hanegbi and son Tzachi Hanegbi, pretty much ever since we came to Israel. My husband first met Emanuel before our aliyah when he had been a student in Machon Hamadrichei Chutz L'Aretz.

The Begin Heritage Center Auditorium and meeting rooms (set up with screens and speakers so people could see and hear the event) were packed, while many others found themselves even closed out of those extra venues, since there just wasn't enough space for all who wanted to attend this very special tribute/birthday celebrating Geula Cohen's 90th. It's so wonderful when someone who contributed so much to the Jewish People and the State of Israel is alive to hear what quite often just gets said at memorials.

Geula began her contribution to the Jewish People when still a teenager in what was then called Palestine, part of the Mandate the British were entrusted with to establish a Jewish State. When the British refused to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish State, a number of underground groups were formed to "convince" the British to leave. Among them, and the least compromising of all, was Lechi aka the Stern Group. As its iconic radio announcer Geula made her mark. At one point the British succeeded in arresting and trying her for the "crime." Actually, she was tried and sentenced for two crimes, her radio work and having a gun on her. They sentenced her for seven years for carrying a gun and two for broadcasting on the radio. She could not understand why they thought the gun was more a danger to their rule than her broadcasting, because she believed firmly in the power of words. No surprise that later on she made her mark as a journalist, and after that, when she was a Knesset Member, her speeches and phraseology were electrifying.

Geula has kept to her principles to this day, earning the respect of the Israeli establishment, even those who don't agree with her. In 2003 she received the coveted Israel Prize on Independence Day for her lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State.

Here are some photos I took at the celebrations:

We should all be thanking Geula Cohen, ad me'ah vi'esrim...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hamas Arab Terrorists Stronger than Ever- Blame Autonomy!!!

Way back when, it seemed like too good to be true when the idea of "autonomy" for Arabs in YESHA was first proposed. Of course they should take responsibility for their garbage collection, road building etc.

Nobel Prize
According to Wikipedia, the idea was first suggested by Yigal Allon of the Labor Party, soon after the 1967 Six Days War. But according to the Jewish Virtual Library, and my memories, it was Menachem Begin's plan after he became Prime Minister in 1977. In a sense then a probably both right. That's because Begin was the one who made it happen.
... With the establishment of peace we shall propose the introduction of an administrative autonomy for theArab residents of JudeaSamaria and the Gaza Strip on the basis of the following principles:
The administration of the military rule in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip will be abolished. In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip an administrative autonomy of, by and for the Arab residents will be established. The residents of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip will elect an administrative council which will be composed of 11 members. The administrative council will act according to the principles postulated in this document. Every resident 18 years old or older, regardless of his citizenship or the lack of it. will be entitled to vote for the administrative council. Every resident who is 25 years old or older the day the list of candidates for the administrative council is presented will be entitled to be elected to the administrative council. The administrative council will be elected in general, direct, personal, equal and secret elections.
The administrative council will establish the following departments: department of education: department of transportation: department of construction and housing: department of industry, commerce and tourism: department of agriculture: department of health: department of labor and social betterment, department for the rehabilitation of refugees: department of legal administration and supervision of the local police force. The administrative council will issue regulations pertaining to the activities of those departments.
Security and public order in the areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza will he entrusted to the Israeli authorities....
So, is that another of Menachem Begin's big tragic mistakes? I think so. These seemingly harmless domestic responsibilities given to the Arabs here have morphed into dangerous terror states recognized as real states/countries by most of the world and pretty much all of the international bodies from the United Nations to the Olympics. And it has puffed up and strengthened Hamas, which unabashedly supports terror against Jews.
Senior-level PA officials urge Abu Mazen to cancel elections: “You will hand over the West Bank to Hamas”
You know what's said about the road to hell being good intentions....


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Burkini? Big Deal! You Don't Have to Be Muslim!!

I couldn't find a head to toe picture of me in my bathing suit, but as you can probably guess from this selfie here, it's more burkini than any classic tank, blouson, skirted, one or two-piece held up by skinny straps. Actually I do wear a two piece bathingsuit, but the top has a high neck, and the sleeves go past my elbow. Most of the time I wear it with a swim-skirt past my knees, that has sewn in shorts. The running joke is that I'm dressed up for a fancy outing. It really doesn't look like a bathing suit. And I guess you may be surprised that I wear it to female only swimming time in our local pool.

No, I'm not some sort of overmodest repressed nut-case. And I'm not Muslim.

  • I'm a religious Jew who adheres to the Jews Laws of Modesty, and wearing this sort of bathing suit, swimsuit as some call them now, means that I can walk around in public, from house to pool without a robe or having to change my clothes/cover up.
  • Another reason is health. I'm high risk for skin cancer, and besides slathering sunscreen on my neck, face etc, the shirt covers me well.
  • When I swim in our outdoor pool at night, I wear my swimming shorts and a top like this. At night the covering protects me from the cool breezes which used to make night swimming just too uncomfortable. At night I wear a heavy robe to go to and from my house and pool to both cover up and keep warm.
  • The "modest swimsuit" also makes it possible to swim when there's a male lifeguard and the rare occasion when I am at a "mixed swim." The special swimsuit fabrics provide more modest cover up and better protection from the sun, than a wet T-shirt.
Honestly, I don't see how wearing modest swimwear could be considered a security, moral or cultural problem. On this I'm with the Muslims!! The French are nuts!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hillary or Trump? Does It Really Make a Difference for Israel?

Let's weigh in with your opinion. What do you think? Will it really make a difference for the State of Israel?

  • In the long run, does a United States President control the State of Israel?
  • Or in the short run, does a United States President control the State of Israel?
  • Can a POTUS veto Israeli Prime Minister and Knesset?
  • Can the Israeli Prime Minister act independent of American Governmental policy/orders?
I know what I think about this, and before I blog it, I hope to hear what you think. Please reply in the comments, thanks.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


(a guest post by Mr. Cohen)
AVROHOM BEN AVROHOM is the biography of Graf Valentin Pototcki, a European nobleman who converted to Judaism in the early 1700s.

SO STRANGE MY PATH by A. Carmel is the biography of Father Kenneth Cox, a Catholic priest who converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1953.

ORDAINED TO BE A JEW is the autobiography of John David Scalamonti, who was a Catholic priest for 5 years before he converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1972. 

ESCAPE FROM JESUS is the autobiography of Shlomoh Sherman, a "Jewish Christian" rejected Jesus and accepted Judaism, published by Decalogue Books in 1983.

MY SISTER THE JEW is the autobiography of Delores Grey, who was a Christian minister before she converted to Orthodox Judaism. 

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the autobiography of Tova Mordechai, who became a Christian minister at age 25, before she became an Orthodox Jew.

Aharon Calderon, a former Benedictine monk born in 1970, converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1998.  He said: “The G_d of Israel is a G_d of love who accepts all mankind.”
SOURCE: Hamodia Magazine section, 05/31/2006, pages 12 and 21, article by Michael Fruend, entitled: From Monastery to Meah Shearim.

Asher Wade, a former Methodist minister, converted to Orthodox Judaism in May 1983. 
His web site is: www.AsherWade.com.

NOTE: This list of converts to Orthodox Judaism is very far from complete, and some of the books mentioned above have been out-if-print for decades.  Sorry about that.

Others Blog, Too. Blog Round Up HH 18 Most Interesting

This edition of Havel Havelim, the ongoing blog carnival has 18 posts, and as I like to do it, only the titles will be listed. I hope that piques your interest. If you think I missed a good one or a blog that I should include, then please write to me in the comments, thanks. Of course the idea is for you to visit and share the various blogs posts etc. Think of this as an "internet magazine" with a variety of articles by various authors. You can always join our facebook page.

  1. Rebetzin Esther Jungreis a''h
  2. Cold Coffee Update AOK for Strict Sabbath Observers
  3. August Jewish Book Blog Carnival
  4. Weird, wacky, wonderful (Hebrew) words: שַׁלֶּכֶת/ shalechet
  5. Stealing “Palestine” from the Jews
  6. Strict Apartheid in Israel Against Jews
  7. The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam
  8. Surprise, surprise. JStreet U officer supports Black Lives Matter platform on Israel
  9. The 9th of Av: It's About the Temple!
  10. More on Jewish Mourning Customs
  11. The BBC and the First Temple
  12. Who Would Have Thought
  13. Jabotinsky Tribute
  14. The Wonders of a Wood Workshop
  15. Dancing Camel marks 10 years with three collaboration beers
  16. A Day With The Grandkids
  17. Brussels Airlines Serves Up A Steaming Hot Plate Of B(D)S
  18. #BlogElul and #ElulGram 2016
There is no significance to the order of the posts. Numbering just made it easier for me to compose/write the Havel Havelim.

Remember you don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share this roundup and the included posts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Strict Apartheid in Israel Against Jews

In all honesty, I can't deny the fact that there is apartheid in Israel, but the truth is that the restrictions are against Jews, not Arabs.

Israeli Sign

Not only are Jews/Israelis forbidden to enter sections of Israel administered by the P. A. but violence against those Jews/Israelis is excused/justified. I will copy the English on the sign for you, as it is written exactly:
"This Road leads To Area "A"
Under The Palestinian Authority
The Entrance For Israeli
Citizens Is Forbidden,
Dangerous To Your Lives
And Is Against The Israeli Law"
This is a threat of violence against Israelis. The policymakers responsible for the sign expect Israelis to be attacked and actually condone it. Attackers are no prosecuted; only Israelis who venture, whether intentionally or not, are.

A few days ago, a few dozen Breslover Chasidim entered the holy site of Joseph's Tomb, which had been mentioned specifically in the Oslo Accords as a Jewish Holy Site that the P.A. was supposed ensure for Jewish worship. Not only were they attacked by the Aarbs, but after their rescue they were jailed by Israel.

The detainees with Ben Gvir
The detainees with Ben GvirFlash 90
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing 32 Breslov Jews who entered Joseph's Tomb overnight in Shechem (Nablus) without permission from security forces, demands that police release them immediately.
The bus of worshippers was attacked by Arabs upon entering Shechem, who threw stones at it. The bus' 60 passengers were rescued by IDF forces.
Several haredim were lightly wounded from the stoning, and were treated on site. 32 of the pilgrims were arrested.
"When leftist extremists, led by [poet and activist] Eliaz Cohen, entered Ramallah and were attacked, the police didn't arrest them, didn't touch the matter, and no one called them in for questioning," Ben-Gvir recalled. "The feeling here is that the police discriminate again and again." (Arutz 7)
We must cease this farce of an "occupation" and make all of the Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War part of sovereign Israel!

The present policy strengthens and justifies Arab terror against Jews! It must be stopped!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Truth and Consequences, Ryan Lochte Drowning in Lies

US Swimmers | Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz & Ryan Lochte, lied about being held at gunpoint & robbed, realitywives.net

Growing up in post-World War Two USA, sportsmen and sportsmanship were the epitome of morality. Of course, that was long before there was an awareness and the systematic testing for all sorts of drugs to enhance performance and mask severe pain. Naivete and ignorance were valued characteristics for us audience. This wasn't only true when it came to sports. Show business, movies, theater, TV etc, was no better; it was possibly worse. And looking back without the rose-colored glasses, it's clear that politicians were also hiding a multitude of sins...

Just a week or so ago, Ryan Lochte and some teammates were basking in sympathy as innocent victims of crime. And then suddenly, unexpectedly for them, the proverbial #$%%$#!!# hit the fan as the truth came out that Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were the perpetrators of a crime, not innocent victims.
Ryan Lochte on Rio Robbery: ‘I Overexaggerated That Story’

Originally, Lochte told NBC’s Billy Bush that he and the three swimmers were in a taxi headed back to the Olympic Village from a party at France House when they were pulled over by thieves impersonating police, who pulled guns and demanded they get on the ground and relinquish their money.
That version of events soon unraveled, and on Saturday, Conger offered another version of events. In a statement, Conger said that the group pulled into a gas station in order to use the restroom. Instead, they ended up relieving themselves against a wall, and Lochte damaged a sign, Conger wrote. When confronted by armed security to pay for the damage, the group offered $20 in U.S. currency and about $33 in Brazilian reais.
Being a top Olympic athlete, especially in the popular individual sports like swimming, is BIG BUSINESS. Winning in the swimming pool can provide a lifetime of comfortable big-time money. In the United States, Olympic athletes may still be officially "amateur," but they can earn big bucks from sponsors.

Ryan Lochte, like his teammate and Olympic legend Michael Phelps, is over thirty, and apparently a leader/role model for the younger swimmers. While Phelps came to Rio with his fiance and their baby, Lochte came to party.

It's good to hear that Lochte is losing sponsors, Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren Among Companies Dropping Ryan Lochte Amid False Robbery Claims.   But I think that the Olympic Committee should take much stronger steps, such as taking away their medals. Yes, take them away from all four tarnished athletes. That's because we don't want a situation in which the "follower" or the more successful at placing the blame on another can be immune from consequences. It's not enough for the sports-trainers to teach athletic skills, the athletes must learn morality.

Though, considering that the sportsmen in the Olympic Village were supplied with condoms along with their sports drinks and fitness facilities, I wonder what really goes on between competitions and the moral fiber of the athletes and their trainers.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fire Back! Show Strength!

An explosion and smoke are seen after Israeli strikes in Gaza City. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Jerusalem Post

Most everyone here in Israel, and in many parts of the world, are happy that for once the State of Israel has shown some strength in its response to Arab Gazan terror attacks on the south of the country.
Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said... An Israeli shell during an initial retaliation damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.
Multiple air strikes later in the evening hit at least 30 different sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, the smaller Islamic Jihad and other militant groups and two people were lightly hurt, Gaza health officials said.
A music festival in Sderot attended by hundreds of Israelis was temporarily disrupted as people sought shelter, television footage showed.
Have you noticed that even Reuters has properly sequenced its headline? Could this be a sign the Moshiach (Messiah) is getting closer?

Is our new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman really changing the rather useless gentle fly swatting responses to the dangerous missile attacks by Gazan Arab terrorists to proper and suitable bombing? Or is this a one time event? Only time will tell. Most Israelis have gotten fed up with the namby-pamby Israeli responses and the very Leftist utterings of the previous Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon. The big problem with Lieberman is that he is so totally inconsistent, but he does have the knack to say what the public wants to hear.

I wouldn't venture a guess as to how long this new policy will last, but in the meantime, I support it!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

FIRE!! West of Shiloh by The Vineyards

Everything was going fine for me on my way home from work this afternoon. That is until I got out the tremp/ride at the Shiloh Junction. It stank, and it was full of smoke. Just across the way, to the west of Shiloh I could see smoke and some flames over the vineyard. No, this wasn't a small localized fire. It spread all around. The only thing that kept the flames low was the simple fact that there wasn't all that much to burn, not many trees, mostly low brush. The soldier waiting at the stop, at which I found myself, said that it had been going on for two hours. I could see a few fire trucks.

Deja vu, all I could think of was the fire about twenty years ago. Arabs has set the first small vineyards alight, and my son was one of the volunteers who put it out. Once the fire was out, it was decided to plant many more grapevines there, and now the area is full of grapes which are well-known for the excellent wines they make. And, yes, the same son began working that summer planting the grape vines.

Here are some pictures of the fire. I apologize for the lack of focus and composition. I, literally, couldn't see the camera's screen and just blindly aimed and shot:

PS In a news report on the internet, it claims that there are olive trees on fire. A neighbor who had been with the crew trying to put out the fire confirmed that olive trees were burnt to a crisp.

American Presidential Elections, 2016, Bad for America No Matter Who Wins

The Varsity

With Hillary winning America will be worse, and if Trump wins he won't get anything done, since he has no congressional support. I know of a lot of Americans who would rather sleep the next four years, and hope this is all just one nightmare that will soon be over.

There are just too many questions about Hillary's ethics, her emails and who's really funding her etc. And there are too many questions about her close ties with Arabs, especially since her top aid/advisor is Huma Abedin.

And even though I do prefer Trump over Hillary, I have no illusions that he would be a good effective President. My fear is that Hillary will be too "effective" and powerful taking the United States in directions I think is bad for the world, America and Israel. Trump, on the other hand, will find himself incapable of effectively functioning as President, passing bills, etc. While she has been spending decades making "friends" and deals with senators, congressmen, their aids etc, he's a total and utter stranger to that world.

Personally, I'd rather Donald Trump win and waste four years, in the hope that in 2020 Hillary Clinton will be considered too old and too stale to run, and by then there will be some newer, younger players on both sides who are better suited to be POTUS.

I can always hope.

And then during those four years, without a strong president, things will flow along pretty safely, with a Republican Congress making sure that the United States doesn't make any crazy dangerous moves.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More on Jewish Mourning Customs

Even though the shiva/mourning candle may burn for seven days, actual mourning lasts longer, and the opportunity to comfort a mourner does not expire once the candle ceases to burn.

I know that many of us feel that if we "missed the shiva," didn't have the opportunity to get to a mourner's house to pay a "condolence call," or as it's called in Hebrew לנחם linachem, comfort the mourner/mourners during the  shiva, then it's just too late to do anything about it. That isn't the case at all.

Sometimes, because of a Jewish Holiday, there is no real shiva when one sits. That happened when my maternal grandmother passed away on the Eve of Passover when I was a little girl. She was buried just before the Seder, and her husband and children never had the chance to sit  shiva. My father died this year three days before my grandmother's yartzeit, and I sat until a few hours before the Seder. If I had been in New York for the funeral, I wouldn't have sat shiva at all. Actually I got up before he was even buried, a few hours before Passover, New York time.

When my brother passed away three months later, I flew to New York for the Friday funeral and got home with enough time to, again, sit shiva just three days.  And ever since then, people have been coming over to me to  לנחם linachem. It's really amazing. For the first two and a half weeks after I got up from sitting shiva for my brother, not a day passed without at least one person coming up to me with kind words and/or the traditional Jewish greeting/wishes/farewell to a mourner. A couple of times, people stopped their car and reversed to speak to me, even offering me rides as they apologized for not getting to one of both of the  shivas.

Customers and friends would come up to me at work. And even on Shabbat, people seeing me would say kind comforting words.

I must say that from this I definitely learned a lot. I learned that it's never too late to comfort and mouner and how much the mourner truly appreciates the words and feelings.

Thanks to all...

My father and brother enjoying a relative's backyard pool. They died only three months apart, not all that long ago.

Friday, August 19, 2016

American -Obama- Antisemitism, Anti-Israel is REAL

There are many of us here in Israel who do not consider the American aid, sic, to be aid for Israel. We look at the bottom line and see it as a way of weakening the Israeli economy especially our military industries. Because the truth is that it's really just a way for the American Government to strengthen and subsidize its own military industry.

Americans Burning Israeli Flags
When the USA give "aid," it doesn't give money, it gives BUY ONLY IN AMERICA SHOPPING COUPONS. A small amount/percentage may be used in Israel. But if Israel produces anything that has even one small American screw, we're screwed if we sell it to another country without American approval.

And now, Mr. lame duck POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has made it clear that he's out to destroy Israeli military industries by restricting all the shopping coupons to American businesses.
Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors
If successful, the administration’s push to remove the clause would inflict some real pain on Israel’s growing security sector, which already exports more arms overseas than almost any other country apart from the United States. On the flip side, the change would mean a potential windfall for American defense contractors scrambling to sell their wares abroad to make up for declining sales at home. The Middle East and Asia are now driving growth for major U.S. contractors, with about a quarter of revenue coming from international sales, compared with 15 percent in 2008.
The proposed shift “could be very good news for the U.S. defense industry,” said Loren Thompson, a longtime consultant for American military contractors, because “domestic defense spending is flat as a pancake and Israel is a consumer of high-end military technology.”
Yes, he considers Israel to be a competitor not an ally. And Obama's aim is to weaken us, not to help us.

I think that the time has come for Israel to quit these deals cold turkey and, as complicated as it seems at this point, stop accepting this shopping coupons. The "tweaking" our experts and engineers do in requesting changes to the arms bought with the coupons help the Americans to upgrade their products, without actually having the brainpower and skills to do it on their own. It's time for us in Israel to use our talents to promote our own military industry!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why Hasn't Israel Pushed Harder to Get IDF Bodies Returned?

According to Jewish Tradition, one is to be very careful and caring of the dead Jewish body.
  • It is to be washed in a specific, gentle and ritualistic way, tahara.
  • The body is not to be just stuffed in a  morgue refrigerator. There should be a guard who will say certain prayer while waiting for burial, shmira
  • Burial should be as soon after death as possible, preferably even the same day. 
Related to this is that one of the IDF's paramount principles was never to leave a soldier's body in the field. That was even if it would endanger the rescuing soldiers.

So how is it that the Israeli Government hasn't succeeded in rescuing/returning the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul after two long years?
“The time has come for the Israeli government to internalize the fact that it has the ability to put Hamas under a great deal of pressure to return Oron and Hadar,” the Goldin family said.
The family added that the return of terrorists’ bodies should be conditioned on the return of the bodies of the two fallen IDF soldiers.
During this time period bodies of Arab terrorists have been handed over to their families. There is no reason to do so. We must first demand that our soldiers' remains be returned, and only after genetic testing proves that they have been, may we return Arab terrorist bodies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aliyah to Israel, The Big Move Up... Photos from NBN 2006

Forty-six 46 years ago, just after our wedding, when my husband and I were "packing" our few paltry possessions to take to Israel by boat, we had no role models, no experienced experts to ask advice. Not only was it decades before the advent of Nefesh b'Nefesh, email, internet, cellphones etc, but an overseas phone call to and from Israel was a complicated procedure.
station to station
person to person
Both options were via an operator. There was no "direct dialing" for overseas calls, and many Israelis didn't have phones at home. We had to trust that our Jewish Agency shaliach had given us correct information, and all communication to friends in Israel was by mail and the iconic aerogramme.

And even worse for our parents was the fact that they didn't know anyone whose children had made the move to Israel. For my parents, it had been hard enough about five years earlier when I had announced that I was going to be "religious," meaning keeping kashrut and Shabbat, among other things. But the idea that I'd be leaving the country, leaving America, was definitely not something they had ever imagined one of their children would do. Remember that this was in 1970, when we made aliyah, and since World War Two the American economy had been booming. Nobody in their right mind would leave it. Yes, obviously, we were nuts, and may still be...

Queen Anna Maria
So when we boarded the boat, the Anna Maria, Greek Line, we really hadn't a clue. It certainly didn't help that we were pretty young and very ignorant/naive. We didn't even know that a ship like that was more like a town, in terms of "population" and services. Considering that there were different areas for different "classes" on the ship, different kitchens, dining rooms, pools etc, it was like a resort town with various populations, that didn't mix.

NBN chartered flight
photo by Batya Medad, yes me
We were with the four hundred, yes- four hundred 400, other American Jews on their way to make aliyah, move to Israel. There was a small staff of shlichim, Jewish Agency workers, whose job it was to keep us busy and together. We even put on a show the last Thursday night on the ship. My husband and I even performed some Israeli folk dances together. It was a great vacation, a buffer, between leaving family and starting new lives in Israel. I had always felt sorry for those who flew to their aliyah in Israel by plane, since you land totally exhausted and jetlagged.

JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad
JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad

But then, just over ten years or so ago, our good friend Charley Levine, Z"L, arranged for me to fly with a Nefesh B'Nefesh flight as a journalist, which I ended up doing two years in a row. Nefesh B'Nefesh managed to turn the hectic pre-flight madness, the actual flight itself and the post-flight exhaustion into an amazing fun experience for all.

NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad
NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad
So, why davka today am I blogging about aliyah and Nefesh B'Nefesh? Two reasons, one is that my young friend HaDassah has been bombarding us on facebook about her third son's aliyah which is right now. Here's the post she wrote about son #2. And another reason is that well-known comedian Benji Lovitt recently blogged about his ten 10 year aliyah anniversary, and I first met him on the plane coming to Israel. Here are some pictures I took then:

Benji Lovitt


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