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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The REAL REASON Jerusalem Arabs are Opting for Israeli Citizenship

There's a very simple reason that Jerusalem Arabs, and other Arabs who legally can, are opting to take advantage of their right for Israeli Citizenship.
The PA-Palestinian Authority and Hamas-ruled Gaza are horrendously corrupt and cruel.
Of course, their lives are in danger if they give that reason. For close to six years I worked with Arabs in Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin. We had many Arab customers, and there are always Arab workers in Yafiz and Rami Levy.



The Arab customers and I would communicate in Hebrew, English and pantomime. I even learned a few words in Arabic, like nus, which means half, so I could tell them that we had a "half-price sale."

In the early years I worked there, we'd have a lot of Arab customers, especially those who had lived abroad and/or worked for some of the NGOs. For them, shopping in the "Israeli island/oasis" of Sha'ar Binyamin was "like being in America." That's what they would tell me.

It also used to be common for vans loaded with Jordanian (and other Arab) tourists to arrive in Sha'ar Binyamin for "shopping tours," like what you see in American "outlet shopping centers/malls." Arab businessmen would tell me that they were buying for their wives and children, "because you have better children's clothes than in Dubai/Kuwait."

But the last couple of years I worked in Yafiz, there were far fewer Arab customers. We were told that the PA-Palestinian Authority had been enforcing a boycott of Israeli stores. There were even roadblocks by PA Policemen who would confiscate whatever they found in Rami Levy or Yafiz bags.

Another reason that Arabs prefer Israeli citizenship is the health and social benefits Israelis get. The Israeli minimum wage is considered an excellent salary for those Arabs not "on the take." And Israeli medical care is among the best in the world. The healthcare system is also superior and less expensive than you have in most of the world.

And of course, as Israeli citizens, Arabs can live in Israel and not be dependent on the whims of the corrupt and cruel Fatah and Hamas.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Celebrating in The Shadow of Amona


One of the big events in the school year here in Israel, at least in the religious schools, is the מסיבת סידור Missibat Siddur, The Siddur Party, when the First Graders get their Siddur, Prayerbook.

In Ofra, where some of my grandchildren live, it's a big extravaganza. This year the girls school held it in the gymnasium sports center, and it's attended by parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and more.

Part of the program is prerecorded. The children are asked to say what they are praying for. This year there were the usual prayers for babies, more friends, success in school and building the Holy Temple. But there was also a prayer that isn't normally heard. Some of the girls asked for a new home, a rebuilt Amona.

Most of the children who had been displaced from their homes, whether Amona or the nine homes in Ofra which the government destroyed, study in the Ofra schools. So when little girls sweetly and innocently said they were praying to Gd for a place to live, there was an unmistakable gasp by the audience, and many had trouble holding back tears.

It's especially difficult when parents are unable to protect their children from such pain and heartbreak.


המלאך הגואל אותי...
Hamalach hagoel oti
Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 48:16may the angel who redeemed me from all harm bless the youths, and may they be called by my name and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they multiply abundantly like fish, in the midst of the land."טזהַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל רָע יְבָרֵךְ אֶת הַנְּעָרִים וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Americans, So You're Not Happy With Trump? Change the System!

As I've written before, the two main party nominees for the American Presidency were the two worst in the History of the United States of America. And as "unsuitable" Donald Trump may be as POTUS, I still shudder at the thought that if it wasn't for the Electoral College, we'd see Hillary* and her crooked cronies in charge.

One of my "visual aids" for teaching vocabulary

I'm a remedial teacher and have a knack to describe complicated things rather clearly. So, here's my very simple explanation why and how Donald Trump managed to mow down all the other Republican wannabes.
PRIMARIES

  • Yes, by giving ordinary Americans the opportunity to choose a candidate, it was pretty easy to predict that they'd choose the better showman. Voters confused reality television with reality.
  • Viewers loved the outrageous Trump statements, which encouraged news channels/sites to give him oodles of free publicity which snowballed and saved him advertising money.
  • The financial cost of Primaries is so high that only the wealthiest or those with the richest backers** can afford to compete.

And there's another reason why Trump won, and that's the one even harder for the Democrats to accept. They just aren't in synch with the ordinary American citizen, rich, poor, Right, Left and Center. Yes, I know that many of you are about to shout that Hillary won the popular vote. Yes, she did, but that was due to her support in just a couple of very heavily populated states. The county results of 2016 should be taken very seriously.

2016 County Map

Democrats lost in the House, Senate and Governorships. ALL THAT RED AREA VOTED FOR TRUMP! Spooky, isn't it?

Before the Primaries season, Trump hadn't a chance at all. When he campaigned in the Primaries, even if Trump, himself, didn't take his campaign seriously, ordinary Americans did. And by the time the Primaries campaign was over enough American voters had identified with his anger and fears to support him, even though most of the media, plenty of their favorite athletes and pretty much all of Hollywood kept insisting that he was an unqualified, dangerous nut case, and they should make Hillary the first female President of the United States of America.

If the Democrats want to win, they must understand that ordinary Americans did not relate to their platform. They found many of the campaign promises, and the "accomplishments" of the Obama administration terrifying. And now, they still feel attacked by the Left, because Trump isn't being given a fair chance, at least in their eyes.

If the Democrats were smart, they'd just let Trump fail on his own.

If the Democrats want to win, they should be quickly grooming some young Centrists to run in 2020.

And if Americans want more qualified nominees, they must rollback the Primaries or they'll just get more and more reality stars in high office.

*It's not just that she's anti-Israel, but don't forget all the foreign funding supporting her fake "charity."
**That is how Hillary Clinton dominated the Democrats. She had already contracted with all of the big Leftist money well before the Primaries even began.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Israeli Politics, Polls and Predictions

Considering that the norm in Israel is to have elections earlier than legally scheduled, the country always suffers a form of "election fever." Yes, think of it as a chronic "infection."

There's never a guarantee that your vote will produce an MK here in Israel.

Besides scheduled Knesset, remember that here the MKs are elected on party lists, not as individuals, Elections, there are two basic ways that elections can be called. One is that the ruling coalition loses a crucial vote which "brings down the government," and the second way is for the sitting Prime Minister to "call for early elections."

The Opposition has to grow to a considerable parliamentary strength for the first, which means that coalition MKs must have deserted the ship. Prime Ministers usually call for early elections when they think they can improve and expand their coalition. But that is risky, because as PM Netanyahu recently discovered; polls can change in a jiffy.

It's no secret that two young party leaders are dreaming of unseating long-serving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. They are Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett.

Bennett is trying to do it from the inside and the Right. Leader of the NRP, now called Bayit Yehudi-Jewish Home, Bennett has had a rather turbulent relationship with Bibi. He's trying to make history by radically changing the NRP from perennial sidekick to national leadership.

Yair Lapid came from the Left, forming his own party, which has been evolving to more Center Right in his quest for the "big prize." And recent polls show that his Yesh Atid, There's a Future, is running neck and neck with Netanyahu's Likud.
Channel 10 Poll: Likud 26, Yesh Atid 25, Bayit Yehudi 13, Joint List 13, Zionist Union 10; Yaalon 0
But it's very possible that Lapid will have the same unpleasant experience that Tsipi Livne had a few years ago when she was at the helm of Kadima. Even though Kadima had scraped by with more MKs, than the Likud she wasn't able to form a ruling coalition. Bibi succeeded, and Tsipi is now just a postscript in Israeli political history.

Remember that Netanyahu hasn't lasted as Prime Minister all this time by chance. He's a very experienced and wily politician. I don't think that Bennett or Lapid will have an easy job unseating him. They'd have to join forces, sort of like the rotation that Labor and Likud tried in 1984 when Yitzchak Shamir and Shimon Peres took turns as Prime Minister. Yes, that's pretty hard to imagine, but the Shamir-Peres deal also seemed more like Political Science Fiction.

And what do you think?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Torah Portion, Ki Tisa, "Dumb Question"

Add this to my series of "dumb questions." I have a lot of questions about this Torah Portion and Biblical narrative. Did you ever think about these things?

For the longest time this has bothered me. Until quite recently, time was pretty general-inexact, and since there was no way to communicate with people on the go, we didn't get all that surprised when someone was late. And it's only in the recent century or two that pretty much everyone had a watch with them, and each house one accurate clock or more.

Of course today's world is so very timed and controlled. But we all know that even a few years ago, when a family member or friend traveled, like when my son did his after the army trek in South America, days and even weeks could go by without any communications. We had to just pray and trust that all was well, or we'd go insane. All sorts of normal, benign, conditions could cause delays in even the most planned contact schedules, arrivals etc.

That's why I could never understand why/how, during an era when the hour was judged/measured by the length and angle of shadows, and there was absolutely no way to communicate further than a shout or "smoke-signal" away, the recently escaped from slavery Children of Israel, nascent Jewish Nation, could so quickly freak-out, panic, lose faith that their leader Moshe would safely return.
Exodus Chapter 31
1When the people saw that Moses was late in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered against Aaron, and they said to him: "Come on! Make us gods that will go before us, because this man Moses, who brought us up from the land of Egypt we don't know what has become of him."אוַיַּרְא הָעָם כִּי בשֵׁשׁ משֶׁה לָרֶדֶת מִן הָהָר וַיִּקָּהֵל הָעָם עַל אַהֲרֹן וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו קוּם | עֲשֵׂה לָנוּ אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר יֵלְכוּ לְפָנֵינוּ כִּי זֶה | משֶׁה הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלָנוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לֹא יָדַעְנוּ מֶה הָיָה לוֹ:
There had to have been something insidiously planned by trouble-makers to rally the people so quickly against Gd, Moshe and Aaron. 

Considering the massive number of people and how long it would take, if it had truly been spontaneous, for this rebellion to reach a pinnacle of action. Being logical, it would have taken a few days to get organized, collect the gold, melt it down and form a "calf."

picture credit

And how long would it take for this "golden calf" to harden and be ready for display?

The Biblical account is very dramatic, telling of how Moses in great anger broke the tablets Gd had prepared for the Jewish People when he saw them worshipping the golden figure.

From the text, Moses came down just hours or at most a day after the people had panicked, so how could they have so very quickly produced an idol to worship?

It doesn't make sense to me. Does anyone have some answers?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Terror in France!

Paris Orly airport shooting: Attacker was 'radicalised Muslim' man known to French intelligence services
Passengers evacuated from Orly airport's southern terminal after a shooting on 18 March (Reuters)

Security forces shot dead a man who tried to seize a soldier's gun at Paris Orly airport on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of the busy airport and putting security back in the spotlight in the middle of France's presidential election campaign.
The man, identified as a 39-year-old radicalized Muslim who was already on the radar of police and intelligence services, had earlier shot and wounded a police officer with an air gun after a routine traffic stop north of Paris, officials said.
With the country in the throes of a highly-charged election campaign after two years of attacks on civilians and public targets by Islamic State militants - several of them in Paris - the anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation. (Reuters)

Is anyone surprised?

We live in a very dangerous world unfortunately.

Nobody is immune. And some countries have gotten quite a few attacks. Israel is not the most dangerous country to be in.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Considering The State of The World, Glad I'm in Israel

52Frames "Work of Gd"

I see danger and chaos all over, even in the United States of America which was once the most powerful, wealthy and stable and safest seeming country in the world.

Way back when, in the post-1967 Six Days War euphoria, many Jews from all over the world, including countries that were much more advanced, comfortable and safe, began to make aliyah in unheard of numbers. In relative terms it was a mass-movement. That's because until then, it was more a one-way street in the other direction. I remember the argument against our decision to move to Israel by an aunt who said:
"Why would you want to move to Israel when all the Israelis want to leave it?"
But there was no arguing with me and my husband. We just got on that boat and never looked back. That was in the summer of 1970. Israel was a more difficult place than New York to live then, but it didn't stop us. We took the 1960's simplistic non-materialistic idealism and combined it with Jewish Zionism.

And then we went up a notch in 1981 when we made Shiloh our home. In the early years it was a challenge, but conditions were certainly much easier than the early Zionists endured. Yes, we have always considered ourselves and our moves to be continuations of Zionism in its most basic form. Remember that the early Zionists all of the Land of Israel as a potential home. And prior to that there were Jews in many cities including Gaza, not just Jerusalem, Hebron, Tzfat and other holy cities.

Today Israel is not only an internationally well-known high-tech haven, but traditional Biblical crops are thriving too.

Nearby Vineyard, 52Frames
In another few hours it will be Shabbat, so I'm logging off for now.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May You have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat

Thursday, March 16, 2017

No Anti-Arab Apartheid in Israel/YESHA etc.

The roads I travel between Shiloh and all over Israel have both Arabs and Jews on them.



And all of us, Jews and Arabs will enjoy the improvements being made on the road between Shaar Binyamin/Ramalla and Jerusalem.


The United Nations purposely distorts the situation to propagate and incite against Israel.
Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians: U.N. report
It doesn't matter what Israel does, the international anti-semites, Left, Right and Center will find ways to interpret the facts to make Israel look bad.

Decades ago when Israel began to promote "autonomy" to allow the Arabs in the land Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Days War to rule themselves in administrative and municipal matters, the intention was to reduce "occupation." But of course this has been distorted by world bodies into something anti-Arab.

It morphed into the P.A. Palestinian Authority, which is among the most corrupt regimes in the world. Local Arabs fear to protest, because such an act could be fatal. The P.A. Palestinian Authority gets outrageously large amounts of money from international bodies, while many/most basic services are covered by Israel, Israeli taxpayers no less. Most of their funds go to the pockets of their leaders, and the rest is sent as stipends/"pensions" to Arab terrorists and their families. Yes, the United Nations, European Union and innumerable NGOs financially, politically and ideologically support Arab terrorists. But we all know that only Israel is condemned for immoral, sic, policies and actions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reflections and Review: "The Conversations We Never Had"

"The Conversations We Never Had" by Jeffrey H. Konis is an amazing book. I'm not quite sure what the genre actually is, since it combines biography, memoir and fiction.

Konis, like many of us is in a quandary. It's only when much too late he realized that he had missed a great opportunity to learn about his father's family, especially his father's biological parents. His grandparents weren't actually his grandparents. They were his father's aunt and uncle, because his grandparents had died during the Holocaust. After the war his grandmother's younger sister and her husband adopted his father, and the three started new lives together as a nuclear family in America.

I found "The Conversations We Never Had" and couldn't put it down. Prewar Europe really comes to life here. All of the characters are believable. I had to keep reminding myself that it is mostly, if not all, fiction.

It's a pleasant and easy read, very well written for the most part, and I love the fact that the book has large easy to read print. I caught a couple of mistakes a good editor should have fixed, but that's not the end of the world.

One should be corrected, because for anyone who knows the fact it can shed doubt on the possible accuracy of the entire book. Konis asked his Grandma Olga why his father's parents only had one child and was told that his grandmother had miscarried many times. Konis should have left it at that, but he continued with an impossibly inaccurate for the time "detail" about the miscarriages. Firstly, pregnancies were followed and described by months not weeks until close to the end of the 20th century. Secondly, fetal heartbeats couldn't be heard as early as nine weeks until the 1970's. When I had my older children in the early 1970's doctors could only hear heartbeats about the same time that the baby began actively moving in the womb. This bothered me, but it certainly didn't make me put the book down.

Konis is a very talented writer. His Grandmother Olga certainly comes alive as does the story he imagines for his grandparents. No doubt that most is very plausible. While reading his book I was reminded of how I don't know about my grandparents. I definitely recommend buying "The Conversations We Never Had."

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Richard Gere, Perfect for Purim

I don't know how far and wide the exposure and publicity Richard Gere's Israeli interviews have gotten, but they got intolerably too much press here in Israel.

As the entire world heard at the pinnacle of the Academy Awards presentation this year when veteran and revered actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway showed that their specialty is reading lines, not comprehending them. Richard Gere's statements are on the same track. The utter nonsense Richard Gere has spouted as his plans for the Middle East is as realistic as the worst of Science Fiction or at best Fantasy. Gere reminds me of my students' insistence that James Bond was a real historic character, and the books and movies were based on true facts.

Actor Richard Gere attends a press conference for 'The Dinner' at the 67th Berlinale film festival, Berlin, February 10. Gere has criticized Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Israeli settlement building.JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GETTY
RICHARD GERE: THERE IS ‘NO DEFENSE’ OF ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION OR ‘ILLEGAL’ SETTLEMENTS
Gere is a convincing actor, but that doesn't mean that his knowledge and understanding of the situation here is more than superficial. All he's doing is repeating the Obama-Kerry lines, which we all know are based on a pro-Arab, pro-Palestine even if it causes the destruction of the State of Israel ideology.

Honestly, anyone who thinks that the corrupt terrorists ruling in Gaza and Ramalla can morph into peaceful, tolerant and reliable leaders has been watching (or acting in-- like in Method acting) too much Hollywood fantasy and Science Fiction.

The utter irony is that some of his words were totally on target, but his Leftist ideology distorts his comprehension of reality.
Truth is dead, the obvious is dead, language is dead,” he told Channel 2’s Dana Weiss... (the algemeiner)
Considering Gere's visit and Purim Holiday, we can see that Gd has a great sense of humor. You can read it that Richard Gere admitted that his "truth" is a lie, since “Truth is dead" in his very words. The real Truth is you must take Gere's message and reverse it.

  • Settlements are completely legal.
  • Israel is meant to be in all of the Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War.
That man sure needs a better scriptwriter...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Haman Alive and Well All Over The World

Recently there have been reports about the Arab terrorist who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls being released from jail, totally unrepentant.
20 years after 7 Israeli schoolgirls were killed, some hail Jordanian shooter as a hero upon his release
And the European Union hasn't pulled the plug on all the money they give the PA-Palestinian Authority even though they use it to indoctrinate their schoolchildren to murder Jews.
Report: 24 Palestinian Authority Schools Funded by UK, EU Ignore Aid Conditions, Continue to Indoctrinate Students to Commit Violence Against Israelis
And on Purim there was another terror attack:
Stabbing attack in Jerusalem
So, as you can see, we still have a lot of work to do to destroy Haman and all his descendants all over the world, including here in the Holy Land.

The Purim story is NO JOKE!

Celebrating Purim in Shiloh

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Haman in Modern Times

Like that classic story about terror, fascism etc starting with the policies and actions against Jews, those looking clearly without PC-distorted lenses can easily see the progression of violence in the United States, Europe etc. Caroline Glick tells the story perfectly clearly. Here we are on the first morning of Purim 5777. Read:
COLUMN ONE: THE RISE OF THE NETWORKED LEFT
BY  MARCH 9, 2017 22:10
 The riots against Murray and Yiannopoulis alerted non-Jewish Americans to the intellectual and moral decay of their campuses.
An acrid stench of repression is spreading through America.
Last Thursday, conservative political scientist Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute was attacked by a leftist mob at Middlebury College.
Murry was invited to Middlebury by the college’s AEI club. He was to discuss his new book, Coming Apart, which discusses the plight of white working class Americans. Middlebury’s liberal political science professor Allison Stanger was set to ask him questions about his work.
As has been widely reported, a mob of leftist students prevented Murray from speaking. They shouted him down with a stream of epithets that went on without interruption, until Murray and Stanger were spirited out of the lecture hall.
They were brought to another location where they carried out their conversation in front of a camera that was livestreaming to students blocked by the mob from hearing them in person. The mob followed them to the new location and rioted outside the room as they spoke.
The rioters assaulted them as they made their way from the second location to their car. They hurt Stanger in the neck.
The assault continued after the professors entered their getaway car and at the restaurant where they tried to dine at with students.
In the end Murray and his companions were forced to leave town in order to have dinner away from the rioters. Stanger was later treated for her wounds at a local hospital.
The riot against Murray at Middlebury occurred barely a month after right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis was blocked from speaking at the University of California at Berkeley by a similarly violent mob. The Berkeley rioters caused more than $100,000 in property damage. They beat up students who came to hear Yiannopoulis speak. Complete article here click
As I read this on Shabbat, I knew that it was the perfect message for Purim. Haman is alive and still trying to murder not only all of the Jewish People, but all who refuse to accept his/their ideologies.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Purim, A Very Serious Holiday

On Purim I wear a wig, unlike my usual
scarf or hat for covering my hair.
Yes, I'm serious about that. I know that Purim is a joyous holiday, known for frivolity and crazy behavior including drinking, but the truth is that there's an important message in the Purim story.

No matter how comfortable and "accepted" the Jewish community seems to be in foreign lands or under foreign rule, there is always a danger. There are always those who want to destroy us. Jewish History keeps repeating itself. One Haman goes and another appears.

And in the big picture, the State of Israel, or any Jewish State Kingdom in Ancient History was also always under attack. Invaders take many different paths. Some are military and some use "kindness." The Persian king Achashverosh invited the Jews of his kingdom to feasts celebrating his reign, and American Presidents off the State of Israel "buy in America" shopping coupons aka "aid." The resulting dependence on America has severely affected our sovereignty, independence and self-sufficiency.

To properly celebrate the Holiday of Purim we are commanded to read the Story of Ester at night and in the morning. If you don't know Hebrew, so follow it in English. Here in Shiloh we hear/read it four times, since we celebrate both days of Purim. So, I've gotten to know it pretty well. I'm always impressed by the simple fact that today, thousands of years after the event occurred, just before the Second Holy Temple was built in Jerusalem, we still follow the instructions told to us in Megillat (Scroll/Story of ) Ester. We tell of what happened, give money to the poor and feast to celebrate the great miracle of the Jewish victory.

Chag Purim Sameach!!



Friday, March 10, 2017

Shabbat Zachor: Remembering Our Eternal Enemies

For me there is no need for a special "Holocaust Day." We have one every year the Shabbat before Purim, Shabbat Zachor, when we are commanded by Gd to remember that Amalek will use any trick to attempt to destroy us.


On a personal level, it's the Shabbat right after I was run over by an Arab terrorist in 1996. That Shabbat, while my foot was still very swollen, I hobbled down the hill to the large central Shiloh Tabernacle Synagogue, and all of us from Shiloh who had been at the attack thanked Gd together for our survival.

Gd commanded us, yes a real Torah Mitzvah/Commandment, to remember the dangers Amalek presents to us at all times.
“Zachor Et Asher Asah Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim”“Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Devarim 25)”On the Shabbat that precedes Purim, two Torah scrolls are taken from the ark; one for the regular parsha and one for the Maftir – ‘Remember what Amalek did to you’ (Devarim 25). Because of this reading, it is called, Shabbat Zachor (Remember). The Haftorah also deals with Amalek.
There is a mitzvah in the Torah to remember Amalek and his descendants and to orally recall their iniquity. We are to tell our children in each generation what the people of Amalek did to us during our departure from Egypt. This mitzvah will be fulfilled completely only when we shall have caused Amalek’s memory to perish, and their name to be erased from the world, together with the slightest remnant of anything that bears their name. As the Torah says: ‘Remember what Amalek did to you on the way, upon your departure from Egypt’… ‘You shall erase the memory of Amalek from beneath the heavens, you shall not forget.’ Upon which the Sages have expounded: ‘Remember,’ orally – ‘You shall not forget,’ in your heart. (OU)
On the Shabbat before Purim, the holiday on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Torah reading is supplemented with the Zachor ("Remember!") reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. (Chabad)
That's why I consider this Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, to be the true Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Nazi attempt to destroy the Jewish People, all ages and even those who weren't even Jewish by Jewish Law, just had a Jewish grandparent, were included in the Nazi extermination sic plan.

Unfortunately, as we can read in the news, the Jewish People/Nation still have enemies, tricky enemies. They will use "fake news" and pseudo-morality and inaccurate distorted history etc to destroy and endanger us. And like the Hellenists of old, even Jews will join the chorus claiming their Jewish roots make them experts in what's good for other Jews and the State of Israel.

Being "paranoid" is being wise. 

  • We must REMEMBER that our eternal enemies still exist and haven't given up in their attempt to destroy us.  
  • We must REMEMBER that King Saul was deposed by Gd, because he didn't destroy all of Amalek immediately.
The State of Israel and World Jewry must REMEMBER that our eternal enemies still exist and haven't given up in their attempts to destroy the Jewish People/Nation. These enemies are really one, Amalek, and we won't have a true peace until we destroy them completely, the way that Gd commanded King Saul. It is completely forbidden to have mercy on our enemies. That is the Torah Commandment of ZACHOR, זכור  REMEMBER!

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May You Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat
ZACHOR, זכור  REMEMBER!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Amona Vigil, Protesting Bibi and Bennett's Broken Promises

Tuesday afternoon I finally made it to the Amona vigil outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem. When I first arrived there was a crowd of young American teens there, who are probably on some study program. Many were wearing T-shirts from the "lone soldiers" centr and others with a picture of Donald Trump.

While I was there, lots of drivers honked their cars horns, the traditional show of support.

There was just a small group of Amona protesters sitting quietly, understandably depressed. I introduced myself to one of the women and mentioned that I can see the hill that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister of Education and head of the Jewish Home Party had promised them. I had really been wondering if they were sincere in wanting to build a new Amona in the Shiloh area.

When I made a joke about the weather being much nicer east of Shiloh than in Ofra, I got a sincere response that Amona had suffered much more difficult winters than even Ofra. Permanent homes in a more moderate climate definitely sounded good to that tired young woman.

We also "joked" about the "interchangeability" of Bibi and Bennett. The only real difference being that one has hair, while the other is bald with a tiny kippah.

In addition we discussed the complete lack of true leaders in Israel. Neither of us trust any of the political parties to do any better than the mess going on at present here. This yearning for approval of foreign leaders is only weakening us further.  Yes, it's all very depressing. How could the State of Israel have deteriorated from a King David giant-killer in 1948/1967 to a cowering terrified Mordechai begging his niece Ester to find a solution to the dangers against the Jewish People from her place in King Achashverosh's Harem in such a short time?






Gd willing our political leaders will become true national leaders speedily in our day...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GUEST POST: WHY 1967 BORDERS ARE SUICIDE

Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

It has often been said, because it is true, that Israel’s 1967 borders are undefendable.

My goal is to explain why that is true, in a simple way that most people can easily understand; even non-military people.

The first reason why Israel’s 1967 borders are undefendable can be summarized in one word: center.  Basic chess strategy teaches that the four squares in the center of the board are of great importance, even though all squares on the chess board have the same size.  If you can control the four center squares, then your chances of winning are increased. If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then Israel would be deprived of the center.

The second reason why Israel’s 1967 borders are undefendable can be summarized in two words: high ground. You do not need to be a military expert to understand that in battle, the side that holds the high ground probably has a significant advantage over the side that holds the lower ground. If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then Israel would be deprived of the high ground, and forced to defend lower ground against higher ground.

The third reason why Israel’s 1967 borders are undefendable can be summarized in three words: cut-in-half.  In war, skilled generals will often attempt to gain an advantage over the enemy army by dividing the enemy army into two camps that are separated from each other. If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then Israel would be almost cut-in-half, even before any war began.

If you still do not understand the third reason, then please hear this:  If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then it would be 8 miles wide at its narrowest point. From the southern tip of Manhattan to 125th Street in Harlem is also approximately 8 miles.

The fourth reason why Israel’s 1967 borders are undefendable can be summarized in one word: distance. If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then even less-inexpensive, less-sophisticated, shorter-range missiles would be able to easily hit every place in Israel.

If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then Israel’s enemies could easily to dig terrorist tunnels able to reach any place in Israel. Long terrorist tunnels would no longer be necessary, because even short terrorist tunnels could reach Israel.

If Israel were reduced to its 1967 borders, then it’s attackers would possess big advantages, before any war even began: the advantage of holding the center, plus the advantage of holding the high ground, plus the advantage of Israel almost being cut-in-half, plus the advantage of hitting Israel from nearby; all before any war even began. And you do not need to be a military expert to understand the reasons.

These would be extreme problems for the defense of Israel, even if Israel were defending against equal numbers. But Israel’s defense is not against equal numbers; it is against Arabs who outnumber Israel by more than 300-to-1 and against Muslims who outnumber Israel by more than 1,000-to-1.

In conclusion, reducing Israel to its 1967 borders would make Israel undefendable.

Last but not least, since the so-called “Two State Solution” would reduce Israel to undefendable borders, it should be known as “the Final Solution” – the phrase used by Nazi Germany to describe the violent elimination of all Jews.
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QUESTION: Wasn’t Israel able to defend the 1967 borders in 1967?

ANSWER:

Babylonian Talmud, tractate Megillah, page 7B:
Rabbi Zeira taught: “Miracles do not happen every time.”
 

Babylonian Talmud, tractate Pesachim, page 64B:
“It is forbidden to rely on miracles.”
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UNFAIR DOUBLE STANDARD:

Have you ever noticed that:
people who want a Jew-free Palestine are called peace-lovers;
but people who want an Arab-free Israel are called racists?
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:
 

Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-josephus-vs-muslim-liars.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html


Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:

http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html


Forgotten Oppression against Jews:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-forgotten-anti-semitism.html


Seven Times Stronger
(a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust):
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html


How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):

http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

How to Convict the New York Times:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:

http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Local Elections, My "Brigadoon" Job

Photo by Miriam Feyga Bunimovich

An amazing number of my neighbors can't imagine having local Shiloh Elections without my being on, or head of, the "Election Committee." I've been doing it for decades, even predating the present way we hold elections.

The location of the voting has moved around Shiloh, and in recent years, as the founding members have gotten older, we've tried to make a point of having it in a handicapped accessible location. That's one of the reasons we used the very easily accessible library.

We just elected two out of five members of our "town council." Each member serves two years, so one year we elect two and the following year we elect three.

I really enjoy this volunteer position. I get to see my neighbors, young and old. OK only one person older than me came in to vote the other night, but that's one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. It's a way to celebrate the growth of the wonderful community I've been living in since the first 1st of September, 1981.

And why do I call it the "Brigadoon" Job? That's because it's very time limited, and once the elections are over, the committee disappears, just like Brigadoon.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

War of Words Must Be Fought, Too

I'm glad and relieved to see that the Israeli Government is paying attention to the non-military attacks on Israel.
BILL BANNING BOYCOTTERS FROM ISRAEL BECOMES A LAW
It's about time, better late than never, for sure.

Unfortunately, even close to seventy 70 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, which had davka been approved by a majority of the members of the United Nations on November 29, 1947, there is a large international movement questioning and attacking our legitimacy. Their weapons may be "words," but those words bring financial resources to Arab terrorists who kill, maim and terrorize innocent Jews.

It is now a full twenty-one 21 years since I was injured in a terror attack while waiting for a bus (or ride-depending on which would come first) in Jerusalem. Yes, I, too, among many Israelis and visitors, am a victim of Arab terror.

Location of "my Arab terror attack" as it looks today.
French Hill, Givat Hamivtar, Jerusalem
I was injured along with about twenty others, and a woman was murdered.
Today there is a very "sophisticated" war being waged against Israel by so-called "humanitarian" groups which incredibly see the humanity in terrorists, but look at Israelis like myself as terrible monsters. Their perversion of morality, history and facts is very dangerous.

Many, attacks, demonstrations, boycotts and riots are instigated and supported by foreigners who come to "help" the Arabs. Israel is safer to keep them out. Their ultimate aim is the destruction of the State of Israel and replacing it with a judenrein "Palestine," Gd forbid!

Experience teaches us Israelis to always be on the alert. Since, we know that a terror attack can come at anytime and anyplace, my fellow teacher and myself became terribly nervous when we saw all of these cars stopped and Arabs on the side of the road. I quickly checked news sites on my smartphone to see if there had been an attack, Gd forbid. But nothing could be found. Within a few minutes, security forces arrived and the Arabs ran back into their cars and traffic moved as if nothing had happened. Maybe nothing had happened...