Getting Ready for Chanukah~Another Tune from the Maccabeats
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
This is Europe. Sadly the elected politicians refuse to acknowledge what is taking place. The few at the top of the heap are protected from what ordinary people must endure. Their children go to elite schools, they themselves are guarded and would never even visit the areas where all the discontent is taking place.
Most importantly they fill the press and media with false narratives. They praise Islam~Why? Muslims themselves are very open. They want "Only Islam and Sharia". They do not want to live according to the laws of the country or adopt democratic standards. Yes, there are a few who do truly want a new life, but they are in the minority.
The western mind cannot conceive of the middle-eastern mind-set. There is no comparison, we are not alike. While the west strives for equality and opportunity for all, the middle-east understands nothing other than brute force. If you are weak they will crush you, because these are people who do not accept following any law but Islam~and Islam rules through terror and brute force. They believe that all other people must be subservient or destroyed.
As for the woman at the end of the clip trying to place Jews in this mess, she is living in lala land. Like all the other politically correct, multi-culti fools, I am quite sure that she will be on the ground with a sword at her throat and still spouting the same crap. Muslims want all Jews dead~including her. When someone says over and over again that they are going to kill you~believe it! Jews who live in the middle-east know this, and we also know that the only place that is really safe for us, is Israel!
If you doubt that open gates will lead to the annihilation of western culture as we know it...keep this video and see where Europe is in 2020. Better yet, take a good, hard, honest look at Islam. Not the BS touted by the media. Only by educating yourselves and facing the truth will freedom and democracy have a chance.
*Note~The Loud Music at 1:36 Ends Around 3:10
*Note~The Loud Music at 1:36 Ends Around 3:10
Sunday, 8 November 2015
|Our Welcoming Committee & a Few Friends from the IDF!|
This past Shabbat I had the pleasure of being in Hevron, at Me'arat HaMachpela for Parsha Chayei Sarah. What better kavod than to daven right in front of Sarah's kever!
A friend arranged a private van to take us there and back, and rented a beautiful villa in Kiryat Arba. The city had organized all three Shabbat meals in a building next to HaMachpela as well as lectures and tours for those interested (and I was definitely interested!).
Upon arrival I went with two other women to collect our "wrist bands" for entry to venues and meals for our group, as well a programs and maps of the city. As we walked down the street a group of beautiful young Israelis ran over to greet us and give us a "sweet treat" with a welcome letter and street map. Their beautiful smiles and exuberance was proof of Hevron's reputation as the "City of Hospitality". What a great start to Shabbat!
For our safety, the IDF was out in force. As we walked the streets we were rarely out of sight of our awesome boys and girls of the IDF...standing guard, day and night. Of course, in Hevron and Kiryat Arba the people have a special love for those who watch over them. As an example, the road from Kiryat Arba to Me'arat HaMachpela runs through a dodgy area, so it is custom to "tremp" (hitch) a ride down. As we were rather lost, a group of young people flagged down a car for us. All the way to Me'arat HaMachpela the beautiful woman driving was beeping her horn in greeting to every group of soldiers along the way. We joined in by waving and merrily shouting "Shabbat Shalom" all the way down. It was so exciting to see their smiling faces and joy as they waved and shouted back!
All weekend as we strolled around we greeted and were greeted by our boys and girls who were watching over us. The air was alive with excitement and happiness! Every Jew should experience this feeling of love and security~this, in a nutshell is Israel!
Among the other activities we partook of, was a walking tour to the top of the Hevron hills. Simcha, a wonderfully spiritual Rav, was our leader. This is one time that I really wished we could use cameras on Shabbat! What an experience!
We were scheduled to visit the new archaeological digs, but unfortunately a group of anarchists and angry Arabs decided to come out and make a scene. It was really something to see. What other country would put up with foreign agitators coming to stir up the population and drive them to violent actions! The EU and Scandinavian countries should be ashamed! Clean up your own back yard before you try to crap in mine!
All was well, as we were surrounded by the best military in the world. As we prepared to descend, Simcha gave a short thank-you to the group of soldiers who had arrived to stand as a shield in front of us. It was so emotional and our entire group was cheering and clapping and singing for our boys.
This was a blessed weekend and I came away with my head in the clouds. Not only did I have the merit to be in Me'arat HaMachpela, but I was able to witness and feel the love and security that is mine (and that of every Jew) as our IDF watch over us.
To all my Jewish brothers and sisters, the time to make Aliyah is NOW! There is no other place in the world for Jews. You will never be loved and protected as you are here in our Holy Land of Eretz Yisrael, with Hashem watching over us and the IDF standing before us.
Monday, 2 November 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The ongoing terror attacks and murders in Israel has been labelled The Intifada of the Knife and is being fomented by Social media and ongoing incitement by "palestinian" leaders.
Israelis want peace! We bombard our officials and hold protests for peace. Our government has made concession after concession in the hopes to sit down and create middle east where we can raise our families and just "live".
Many of the Arabs who attack and murder Jews work, live, and are educated in Israel! As someone living in Jerusalem I can say that a great many of them live in far better circumstances than I do! Those who live in poor conditions are the ones who are under the control of Islam and the corrupt leaders. The UN, EU and world at large fill the pockets of these leaders, while their own people blame Israel for everything they lack. It is a farce of the first degree and the politically correct west has swallowed the worm, hook, line and sinker!
When interviewed anonymously the vast majority of Arabs would rather live under Israeli rule than PA (or any other Muslim) rule. Why? Because they live better, and are treated better~end of story!
Meanwhile, incitement by Palestinian officials, social media and "palestinian" television has created a society that thinks only of murder and martyrdom. As much as civilized people value life~this is a culture that only worships death. Mothers send their children to be wounded and hopefully murdered~Why? Because the PA pays a lifetime pension if their babies die killing Jews!
Below are some of the videos posted on social media and PA TV. The youth are being bombarded by visuals of incitement by the PLO, Hamas and various Arab nations.
This is happening every day and if the West does not wake up you will be next...
This is How the PA Media Brainwashes Children! Any Wonder There is NO Peace?
* Thanks to Igal Hecht TheRebel.media for making this video available
Monday, 19 October 2015
This was forwarded to me from Shearim Blog:
All of the aveilim are sitting shiva at the Machlis home.
137/26 Maalot Dafna
The Shiva Hours are:
9 to 14:00 (2:00pm) and 16:00 4:00pm) to 23:00 (11:00pm)
The Davening times are:
Shacharis at 7:45
Mincha at 13:00 (1:00pm)
Maariv at 19:45 (7:45pm)
The meals for the aveilim are being catered. Anyone who is interested in contributing, please be in touch with:
Chaya Malka Hirth 052 505 8066
Sunday, 18 October 2015
It is with great sorrow that I post that the beloved Rebbetzin Henny Machlis (Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza) was taken from us to dwell with Hashem. The funeral was on Friday, 16 October 2015 in the afternoon.
Due to Shabbat, there were very few announcements. I do not have the Shiva information, but as soon as it is available I will post.
At this time I really have no words. She was one of the most important people in my life and had a profound effect on me. I loved her and will miss her every day. I know that Clal Yisrael will have no better advocate then Henny. Her prayers and love for everyone was incalculable.
If anyone would like to have stories or memories posted, please feel free to send them and I will post directly to the blog.
All of our prayers are with her beloved husband, Rabbi Mordechai Machlis and their children and grandchildren during this difficult time.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Monday, 7 September 2015
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
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
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!!
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
|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 summer...one 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.
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