Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Yom Kippur War of 1973~Against All Odds

The Egyptians and Syrians never got over the Israeli victory in the 1967 war (June 5th to 10th, 1967). The Arab world hates to "lose face" and in typical fashion, refused any attempts at peace and instead devised a plan that (they thought) would allow them to beat (ie: eliminate) Israel. The plan was for Syria to invade from the north while Egypt hit from the south, thereby splitting the Israeli forces in half.

Worried about losing more territory, King Hussein of Jordan, secretly met with Israeli president with Golda Meir to warn her of the impending attack. Sadly, there were those in the Israeli defense community who refused to see the truth, regardless of the intelligence, and all warnings were ignored. Israel had Moshe Dyan to lead her forces, but he was no longer the warrior he once was, and demonstrated a lack of nerve and the will to make decisions. This was the man, after all, who handed back the keys to the Temple Mount to the Waqf! It was a true miracle that Israeli forces managed to overcome the enemy.

Some claim initial devastation was because Israel was still on a high after the victory of 1967 and some claim it was just poor judgement. For whatever reasons, Golda Meir refused to fortify the soldiers along the borders~she should have listened to the warnings. 

The day chosen for the attack was Yom Kippur~the Day of Atonement~a time when the entire country is shut down. The battle raged for three weeks (October 6 to 25, 1973). Seemingly, Israel was oblivious of the potential danger around them. Despite indications of military action on the part of Egypt, no defense preparations were made, which almost led to decimation. The odds were clearly against Israel in every respect with troops outnumbered by five to one, and in some areas eleven to one. Golda Meir said at the time:

This people small as it is, surrounded as it is by enemies, has decided to live. And if we have to pay the price for living, we have to pay it...

In the first attack, Egypt breached the Bar Lev Line and advanced eight miles~then stopped, because Sadat wanted to show that he could over run the Israelis. At the same time Syria attacked in the Golan. Armed with the latest in Russian military equipment the Egyptians seemed unstoppable in the beginning, and Israel suffered catastrophic losses.

For whatever reason, rather than holding the line, Sadat ordered a critical unit to cross deeper into Israeli territory and attack. It was a big mistake because it not only led his troops away from their defensive shield into the waiting Israeli fire, but even more crucially it left his east bank undefended.

After first refusing aid to Israel, the USA finally agreed to supply tanks and shells to the beleaguered Israeli forces so they could continue to fight. The Egyptian advance had halted and their rear line was open. Israel was now able to transfer forces north to Syria. Syria, and consequently Russia (Syria's backers) were not pleased as Israeli troops forged their way to Damascus.

When Israel was just outside Damascus, Sadat asked for cease fire negotiations.Then, as now, when negotiations began, the one thing Israel asked for was that the Arab world would acknowledge that Israel had a right to exist!

On 19 November 1977, Anwar Sadat  met with Menachen Begin in Jerusalem to negotiate a peace treaty. In September 1978 Sadat and Begin signed a peace treaty at Camp David in the USA. Israel, as always was willing to give up a lot and she did. This time it was the Sinai, a patch of land that was larger than Israel proper and more than that, it contained oil. For this reason, Sadat claimed victory for Egypt.

Israel never wanted war, and as always, demonstrated just that by giving up large swathes of land and resources in the hopes of living in peace with her Egyptian neighbours. What was Sadat's reward? His own people assassinated him on 06 October, 1981.

The Yom Kippur War of 1973

Monday, 7 September 2015

I Am My Beloved's~Rabbi Shmuel Braun

As we enter the month of Elul it is a time for reflection, and for many a list of "rules" to be followed. The shiur below is by a rabbi that I have been privileged to learn with and who has a unique perspective, Rabbi Shmuel Braun. Through friends, I was able to become better acquainted with the rabbi outside of class, at Shabbos meals and other events. I still recall the many hours of lively discussion and exchange of ideas that we all found so enjoyable.

Rabbi Braun was not only a teacher, but a friend. He helped us in our learning without making us feel embarrassed at our lack of knowledge. In all areas he made learning something that we were excited about~it was never a chore.

One thing that I found particularly interesting was his wide area of study. On his Blog, The Sense of the Ineffable you will find not only quotes from Torah and Tanya, but from Kierkegaard, Maimonides, Kant and Shakespeare (to name a few!). Rabbi Braun is very learned in many areas, including philosophy, and is always willing to engage in lively discussion on any topic~he loves to be challenged. He is now based in America and is greatly missed by many people here in Jerusalem.
The shiur below is on the meaning of the month of Elul. Rabbi Braun has an exciting perspective on how we should view this very important time leading up to Rosh Hashanah.

 I Am My Beloved's~A Shiur on the Month of Elul by Rabbi Shmuel Braun

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Jerusalem Backyard Now Available in English

Last week I posted about my very good friend (and Blogger), who is beginning to publish some of her writings. 
A long time resident of Jerusalem, she has been very involved with several of the Chassidic communities in Mea Shearim, and maintains many close friendships to this day. 
Her first effort was released in German, but the English version is now available on Amazon Books.
As I said when I wrote about her first book, it is a first effort, and is therefore small, but she has already begun a new set of short stories about her many experiences in Jerusalem.  She also has many stories of adventures in other parts of Israel and the oddities that can "only happen in Israel".
The books can be ordered via the Amazon link above, or if you would prefer, you can order a pdf file from her blogs. Just make the payment via the PayPal button and she will email the file to you. 

 * Blogs in German

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Rabbi Mordechai Machlis is Back in Jerusalem !

Last Shabbat, a friend and I decided to walk to the Machlis home to see who, if anyone was there. To our great delight we walked in and Rabbi Machlis himself was at the table. He had just flown in that day from America and it was hard to fathom how he could stay on his feet, teaching, smiling and running the Friday Shabbat meal for a huge crowd...maybe a hundred souls! Yet, there he was!

One of his daughters was also there with her husband, as were three of his sons. It should be noted that while the Rabbi has been away, his son Yoshua has been carrying a heavy load to organize and run all the meals in his absence. He looked exhausted but that did not stop him from energetically helping all to enjoy the Shabbat!

Of course, almost everyone there was mostly concerned with Rebbetzin Henny. You may have noticed that my postings of late have been to relay messages from a friend about her status. As the Rabbi put it, Henny is a very positive person (an understatement!). He said that when he spoke to her before Shabbat came in that she considered her status as a cup half full~ready to be filled to the top. In fact, it was Rebbetzin Henny who insisted the Rabbi come back to Jerusalem!

It was a great Shabbat evening and we were very happy that we decided to walk down.

My friend also went to the Rabbi's classes this week, and relayed to me that the Rabbi had spoken to Henny and he is expecting her to return to Jerusalem at the conclusion of her current treatments. This is good news indeed!

This is a family that that has given their all to multitudes of people around the world. Please, as we are nearing another Shabbat, remember them all in your prayers. Say Tehillim for Rebbetzin Henny, (Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza) and don't forget to include Rabbi Mordechai and all of their children.

Remember that they have all been through so much, and yet, during all this time have continued to provide meals and support for the tens of people who visit their home each day and every Shabbat. Only someone who has been there and seen their consistent love, care, and giving over so many years, can truly understand just how much they do.

I can't wait for Rebbetzin Henny to be back in the Jerusalem she loves, so I can remind her how much she is loved by me and thousands of others, and that Jerusalem (and Israel) is just not the same when she is not here!!

Brazen Plug for a New Book of Hassidic Stories

A very good friend (and Blogger), who is a long time resident of Jerusalem, has finally decided to start publishing some of her stories.

She has been very involved with several of the Chassidic communities in Mea Shearim, and maintains many close friendships to this day.

It is daunting to foray into the publishing arena. Her first effort (pictured to the right) has just been released in German. The English version will be out in about a week and hopefully more will follow in quick order.

This first effort is small, but there is a plethora of stories ready to be set and published.

If you read German can download the book now from Amazon or order via PayPal on her blogs to receive a pdf file. Her blogs are listed below and are good reading in themselves. 

English speakers will be able to order within a week~I'll post when it is available.

 * Blogs in German

* Blogs in English

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

URGENT UPDATE: Tefillah for Henny Machlis

Picture © TAB
I just received this important News Flash for all those meeting for Tefillah at the Kotel:
On Wednesday, 12 September, 2015 there will be a special ceremony at the Kotel with seventy-eight (78) SEFREI TORAH~yes, you read correctly!

The ceremony will take plate at 17:30~20:30 (05:30 to 08:30pm). The Sefrei Torah are in honor of  the soldiers who died in the Gaza war last Sefer Torah for each soldier who was killed and three for the kidnapped soldiers. They were donated by several families in Montreal. The families of the fallen soldiers, the President of Israel,  possibly the Prime MInister, the Defense Minister, the Chief Rabbis and Generals, etc. will attend the ceremony and festive dancing. There there will be "a lot of security"

Our Tefillah for Henny Machlis has been given the blessing of The Rabbi of the Kotel, Rabbi Schmuel Rabinovich

We are asked to gather at the Golden Menorah on the steps to the Kotel at 20:00 (08:00pm).

Security will then escort us as a group to the Kotel. You can come by train or Bus #38 and walk down to the Kotel from the Jewish Quarter. 

There will be No Entrance to the Kotel before 20:30 (08:30pm)
~ Except for Invited Guests.

Please Come On Time and bring Tehillim and Nishmat Kol Chai. 

Please send this email out to contacts on your mailing list asap. 

Perhaps because our beautiful Hennie is so dedicated to the mitzvah of  'Hachnassat Orachim', she merits the 'zchut' to receive the blessings of Seventy-Eight (78) Sefrei Torah for 'Hachnassat HaTorah' at the Kotel before our Tefillah.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Rebbetzin Hennie Machlis~URGENT Update...

Picture © TAB
I have received many requests for information on the status of  Rebbetzin Hennie Machlis. For all of you around the globe who dearly love her, please know that she needs our heartfelt prayers now!

There will be a special Womens "Tehillim" at the Kotel for our beloved Hennie, to take place on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 at 20:00 to 21:30 pm. We are asking for her complete 'refuah schlema.' (See Details Below)

Rabbi Mordechai Machlis and Rebbetzin Hennie are the Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imenu of our generation. Over a period of thirty-five years, they have hosted over 400,000 people for Shabbat, in their tiny home. Each Shabbat they have served three delicious, homemade meals prepared with love and prayers by Rebbetzin Hennie and her beautiful daughters. To see their loving smiles as they cook and prepare for Shabbat in their tiny kitchen,  is truly an inspiration to behold. There is always more than enough food for everyone and somehow, there is always room for one more! All of the HUGE pots and pans bear witness to the warmth, generosity and sanctity of Hennie's kitchen. I remember asking what secret ingredients she uses in her "recipes", Hennie just smiled and said that she prays Tehillim over each pot. When you see hundreds of people eating, singing, rejoicing and sharing 'Dvar Torah' at the Machlis Shabbos 'tisch' in their humble apartment, it is a wonder, and it is easy to believe that Hennie's prayers have been heard by the Creator.

As soon as you meet Hennie you are embraced with her warmth and so much feel she is your very best friend...and that she will be there for you forever. Hennie has thousands of 'best friends' all over the world. Imagine that!

Now, our beloved Hennie (Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza), this most amazingly beautiful tzeddekas, overflowing with love, kindness, compassion and understanding needs Our Prayers~Our Prayers for her refuah schlema'~from around the world.

Hennie, (Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza), needs all of us to comfort her and to to pour out our hearts in prayer and to gently storm the gates of Heaven for a speedy and complete 'refuah schlema.'

We love you Hennie...we are with you...we are here for you...we need you...your husband, children and grandchildren need you...all your 'best friends in the world' need you...the lost and lonely need you...and 'Klal Israel' needs you.

So We Are Asking Everyone to Please Join us and Bring your Tehillim!

...If you are not in Jerusalem~Please, wherever you are on Wednesday, 12 August 2015  at  20:30 (8:30pm) Jerusalem Time, Stop~Open your Tehillim and send your prayers~to be joined with the prayers of all of Hennie's friends who will be at the Kotel~prayers to the very Gates of Heaven, pleading for a complete 'refuah schlema' for Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza!

 Meet at the Kotel water fountain by the women’s section

Wednesday, 12 August 2015  at  20:30 (8:30pm)

For more information you can call:

 052 475 4492

The Iran Nuclear Deal~Just The Facts

The Best, Clearest Description of The Evil We Face~PLEASE LISTEN!!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Passerby Scolds Sheik for Teaching Kids Martyrdom

Everyone should watch this carefully. This incident took place at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa (Temple Mount) compound. Because of  "Arabs Rioting" security had blocked entry to the compound.

Please listen and read the sub-titles to see what this "vile sheik" is teaching young children in the open. You will note that there are Israeli soldiers standing there (they are there to protect Arabs, Jews, and anyone else that is in the area). They make no move to disturb or stop this hateful person~these are the very soldiers that the world condemns! Kol ha Kavod to the "only" gentleman who had the common sense to reprimand this "sheik" on drilling such hatred into young children.

How can the world demand that we make any kind of deal with these people when they stand openly and scream "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews~The Army of mohammed is Coming for You." The hatred is bred into the children from birth. What chance is there for them to even think about a peaceful existence? Here is the comment from MEMRI~TV~ that accompanied the video:

Please Visit  MEMRI~TV~Educate Yourself!!

On July 27, 2015, Sheik Khaled Al-Maghrabi could be seen preaching martyrdom to children on the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem. As a passerby scolded him, saying that he should not be teaching such notions to children, the children were led in chants in praise of martyrdom and of "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews." Al-Maghrabi and the children, who were attending his summer camp at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, were prevented from entering the compound because of the riots.

Thanks to MEMRI~TV For Constantly Posting The Truth For All To See!

How to insult a "Progressive"

Another Great One from Pat Condell~If Only More People Could See The Truth!!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

"Sin'at Chinam"~The Destruction of the Holy Temple

Every morning, every Jew, before he starts praying to Hashem must say these words:

"Here I am, taking upon myself an "ase mitzvah" of "you shall love your fellow Jew as you love yourself, and here I am taking upon myself to love each Jew as my own soul and flesh"... "

All the human destruction starts from the lack of "Ahavat Yisrael"

The Second Temple was destroyed because of "Sin'at Chinam", the Third Temple will be rebuilt with "Ahavat Chinam"

All Jews Must Watch This Video~Don't Just Listen...Internalize, Learn and Do!!

This video was sent to me via an email "chain". It is a lecture given by Rabbi Refael Rubin for Tisha B'Av, in Netanya.

Women In Green Walk Around the Walls of Jerusalem!

From The Women In Green Site: If You Are In/Near Jerusalem Be Sure To Attend!!

Something New in the Tisha b’Av Walk around the Walls

~ No Limitations by Police…

This year, just as in all of the 20 previous years, thousands of participants will come from throughout the Land, together with leading public figures and rabbis, for Women in Green’s annual Tisha b’Av evening Walk Around the Walls. This year, without limitations by the police.

With the participation of the deputy minister of defense, MK Rabbi Eli ben Dahan, MK Bezalel Smotrich, Prof. Arye Eldad, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch and Arye Klein, Women in Green is upholding the tradition of the Walk Around the Walls of the Old City on the evening of Tisha b’Av, again this year.

The walk will be held for the 21st  year and will begin, as usual, in Independence Park in the heart of Jerusalem, so that hundreds of participants will be able to join from all areas of the Land, for a public reading of the Scroll of Lamentations. Immediately afterwards, the walk itself will begin, via the New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate and the Lion’s Gate, where the participants will gather to hear speeches by the public figures who have accompanied the walk.

The heads of Women in Green, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, note that contrary to previous years, this year the police have not placed any restrictions on the walk. As we may remember, in the past, certain elements within the Jerusalem Police tried to divert the route of the walk from locations that were defined as foci of friction with the Muslim population and they have even tried to have the walk cancelled. Actually, all of the previous walks ended without any confrontations at all. This year, as mentioned, the police refrained from any such attempts; Women in Green are pleased with this and see it as a testimony to the power of this great tradition to bring about changes even unto the top ranks among the police.

To this, Katsover and Matar add, moreover, that especially during this period, when radical Muslim factors have been inflaming passions and have been fighting against a Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, carrying out attacks and attempting to carrying out attacks against the capital, “especially now, a massive Jewish presence in the walk is important, which expresses  the longing for full Israeli sovereignty in all parts of Jerusalem, as well as in all parts of the Land of Israel”.

We remind you that the walk, which was initiated 21 years ago with a few hundred participants, has gained momentum and strength over the years; thousands of participants gather from every part of the Land, and even from abroad, as well as many public figures and it has become a tradition that expresses national pride and aspiration for Israeli sovereignty and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.

The gathering for the reading of the Megilla in Gan Ha’Atzma’ut will begin at 21:30.
The walk itself will commence at 22:30.

For Details:
Yehudit Katsover~0507161818 ~or~ Nadia Matar~0505500834
The Movement for Israel’s Tomorrow
Women in Green


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