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

“Stop Iran Deal Rally” in New York City’s Times Square

Allen West On Iran Deal~A Fiery and Emotional Speech~Simply Awesome!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Mivtsa Yonatan: The Raid on Entebbe

Safe in Israel! Image Credit:
On 27 June 1976, an Air France airbus carrying 248 people, was hijacked and flown via Benghazi, Libya, to Entebbe in Uganda.

The terrorists responsible were from the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). PLFP and Fatah were the two largest groups of the PLO terror organization. They were joined by two members of Baader-Meinhof terror group, also known as Red Army Faction.

At Entebbe, the plane was met by more terrorists and Ugandan troops. The terrorists began to "separate" the Jews~Israelis from the main group of passengers, an act, that for many, brought back memories of the "selectzia" carried out by the Germans during the Holocaust. When the terrorists announced the plan to release all non-Jews, Captain Bacos spoke to his crew, and they decided to stay until all of their passengers were free. It should be noted that  Captain Michel Bacos was awarded a medal by the Israeli government, for refusing to leave his Jewish passengers behind.

As the remaining hostages were Jews~Israelis, to the world, it became an "Israeli" problem, and Israel, fearing a slaughter, realized they were on their own (nothing new). To the public, the Israeli government announced they would negotiate. While negotiations with the terrorists began, Israeli agents were busy gathering information as the IDF hatched a daring plan~they would fly a group of commandos over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda and free the hostages. They only had a few days to rehearse what would become one of the most daring rescues ever pulled off. The timing had to be perfect with surprise being the key to success. Such was the concern for loss of life, the nine hour flight was more than half over before they received the final go ahead from the government.

From the time the rescue force landed, to the time the planes with the hostages took off, a mere fifty-three minutes had passed. All of the hijackers, three hostages and forty-five Ugandan soldiers were killed, while thirty of Uganda's Soviet-built MiG-17s and MiG-21s  were destroyed to prevent them from following the escaping planes. Dora Bloch, a 74-year-old grandmother, had been taken to Kampala hospital prior to the raid. It was later reported that the blood-thirsty dictator, Idi Amin was so enraged after the rescue that he had Mrs. Bloch dragged from her bed and shot. Only one member of the rescue team died, Lieutenant-Colonel Yonathan Netanyahu.

The Entebbe rescue, had the military codename Operation Thunderbolt, but was posthumously named "Mivtsa Yonathan" (Hebrew for Operation Yonatan) in memory of their leader, Yonatan Netanyahu (older brother of our current PM, Benjamin Netanayahu).

There have been many films on the operation, and each one has slight differences depending on who was telling the story. Be that as it may, the sheer awesomeness of the rescue can never be denied.

The first video below tells of the life and events leading up to Yoni Netanyahu's last day. The second film provides the basics of how the raid by Israel's finest was planned and carried out. The third film is the Hollywood version with Charles Bronson.

If you only have time to watch one, I strongly recommend the first. It follows Yoni from childhood to his final act of bravery for the country he loved. You will hear excerpts from his letters~Yoni was a prolific writer~and recollections from his family, friends, army comrades and commanders. Some of the film footage is from the personal archives of the Netanyahu family. The film gives a very personal view of an exceptional man, a Jew, an Israeli, a soldier, a poet, an intellectual, an idealist and a fighter. It provides Yoni's own thoughts and reflections on his life and loves, and Israel. Referred to by his troops as the Man of the Sword and the Book (Bible), he was truly one of a kind.

Yoni: The Hero of Entebbe~One of the Great Heroes of Israel!

Operation Thunderbolt (Mivtsa Yonatan)~How Israel Planned and Carried Out the Rescue

For Those Who Are Interested~The Hollywood Version With Charles Bronson...

Friday, 12 June 2015

Gad Elbaz~Keep The Faith (A Beautiful Song!)

Gad Elbaz Sings With Deep Feeling~Truly One of Our Best Singers...

לשמור על התקווה

Lyrics (Hebrew)
זה עוד לילה מייגע של צללים ובהלות
ומישהו השתגע, הקפיא את השעות
אני זוכר ימים טובים זורמים אליי כמו מים
ועכשיו, מרוב תפילות כבר לא רואים שמיים
החיים שלנו פה הם כמו גלגל ענק
בין אש ואדמה, בין בית ומרחק
ואיך זה שהיום נפלנו על בירכיים
פתאום מרוב דמעות כבר לא רואים עיניים
מה עוד נשאר לנו מלבד האמונה
מה עוד נשאר בין כל מה שהשתנה
יום רודף עוד יום, שנה אחר שנה
מה עוד נשאר לנו מלבד . . .
מה עוד נשאר לנו מלבד האהבה
מה עוד נשאר , רק לשמור על התקווה
יום רודף עוד יום, שנה אחר שנה
מה עוד נשאר לנו מלבד האמונה
ויש מי ששומר למעלה, מעליי
מוחה דמעה של אמא, שחיכתה יותר מדי
האור עוד יתגלה מבין סדקי הלילה
הבוקר החדש שוב יעלה, נמשיך ללכת הלאה

Lyrics (Very Rough Translation)
It's another long night of shadows and frights
And someone has gone mad, frozen in time
I remember good times flowing like water to me
And now, with prayers I no longer see the sky
Our life here is like a Ferris wheel
Between fire and earth, between home and away
And how is it that today we fell on our hips
Suddenly, with tears in eyes no longer see

What else is left for us except faith
What else is there among all changed
Day After another day, year after year
What else is there besides us...
What else is left for us except love
What else is there, just keep Hope
Day After another day, year after year
What else is left for us except faith

 And if you keep up, over me
Wiping away a tear of Mother, who waited too
More light will be revealed cracks in the night
The new morning will again, we will go on

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Gad Elbaz~Part Of Me (Great Israeli Singer!)

Part of Me by Gad Elbaz (גד אלבז~חלק ממני) (Lyrics in Hebrew and English Below)

Lyrics (Hebrew)
חלק ממני תמיד יישאר של הרוח, וידע להלך בן הרע והטוב,
בעולם של פלדה של קוצים ושל כוח, חלק ממני תמיד יזכור לאהוב,
חלק בי יבכה בלי להבין, חלק בי ימשיך להאמין.

גם אם לא רואים כבר את האור, והחושך נוגע.
חלק בי תמיד ימשיך לזכור, ויהיה שם.
חלק בי ישכח.. חלק בי יאהב.. חלק ממני תמיד יישאר של המים, ויגע בשמים יותר מתמיד,
כשפתאום ישכחו להסתכל בעיניים, חלק ממני תמיד יזכור להביט.

גם אם לא רואים כבר את האור, והחושך נוגע.
חלק בי תמיד ימשיך לזכור, ויהיה שם.
חלק בי ישכח.. חלק בי יאהב..

Lyrics (A Poor Translation~Corrections Would be Welcomed!)
Part of me will always remain in the spirit, and knowledge to walk between evil and good,
  In a world steel and thorns, part of me will always remember love,
Part of me weep without understanding, part of me will continue to believe.

Even if you do not already see the light and dark touches.
Part of me will always remember, and be there.
Some forget me...

 Some part of me will always remain of the water and touch the sky, more than ever,
When suddenly I forget to look in the eyes, a part of me will always remember to look.

Even if you do not already see the light and dark concerns.
Part of me will always remember, and be there.
Some part of me would forget me...

Monday, 8 June 2015

Israel~This is My Country!

It has been just over a month since we Israelis celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut, the birth of our country sixty-seven years ago. Every year there are speeches coming from anyone and everyone who can get their hands on a microphone. Good or bad, someone always has something to say~which is generally forgotten after the event. Sometimes, however, there are articles that are worth reviewing regardless of the time of  year.

When Israel "turned 60" many wrote stories and articles for the magazines and papers both on and off line. In my opinion, one of the best was from Ephraim Kishon (23 August 1924 ~ 29 January 2005) who wrote a weekly column in Maariv, a mainstream, Hebrew-language newspaper. Mr. Kishon, was a talented and interesting man. His life story is worth reading. I believe that, in this article, he has truly described "Israel and Israelis" in a nutshell...Enjoy!

This is Israel!
This is the only country where the unemployed strike;

This is the only country where sixty year olds still hate their tironut commander;

This is the only country where the corporals' mother has the commander's telephone number;

This is the only country that has a communications satellite, but nobody lets you finish a sentence;

This is the only country hit by missiles from Iraq, Katushas from Lebanon, suicide bombers from Gaza and rockets from Syria~and still a three-room apartment costs more than in Paris;

This is the only country where an Israeli meal is made from an Arab salad, Romanian kebabs, Iraqi pita bread and Bavarian mousse. We must like eating ant-Semitics!

This is the only country where the guy with the open and stained shirt is the honourable minister and the guy beside him wearing the suit and tie is his driver;

This is the only country where the phrase "I don't interfere" means that I want to interfere;

This is the only country where Muslims sell sacred souvenirs to Christians in exchange for bills that have the Rambam's face on them;

This is the only country where, at the age of eighteen you leave home but at twenty-four you still live with your parents;

This is the only country where people who come to your home for the first time ask you if  it's OK to go and take something from the fridge;

This is the only country where you can tell what the security situation is from the songs that are being played on the radio;

This is the only country where the rich are on the socialist left, the poor on the capitalist right and the middle-class pays for everything;

This is the only country where there is no problem to get the software that launches a space shuttle, but you have to wait a week for your washing machine to be fixed;
...And only here is there a time unit called "sometime between 11 and 6"!

This is the only country where between the happiest day and the saddest day there are exactly sixty seconds;

This is the only country where most people can't explain why they live here but they have loads of reasons why they can't live elsewhere;

This is the only country where if you hate politicians, hate clerks, hate the situation, hate the taxes, hate the quality of service, and hate the weather, it must mean that you like the country...

This Is The Only Country I Could Live In!!!  It's My Country~Israel!!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

When Life Seems Beyond Our Control...

For the last few months I have not been posting very often. So many things have been happening (other than the normal insanity), all of which have made posting very difficult.

To begin with I had cataract surgery on both eyes. While there were no irreversible complications, the results were disappointing and my vision was becoming blurred. Needless to say, writing was the last thing on my mind. I underwent a second surgery and I must state that I would never go through that again. The pain was incredible!

Weeks later, while shopping, I was pushed from behind with such force, that I felt like I was flying through the ai!. I landed on a bollard~on the right side of my chest. I think I blanked out for a few seconds and when I opened my eyes I was dizzy and disoriented. My first thought was that "something had exploded", but looking down all seemed in order. Someone helped me up and I made my way home. 
Several days later, when movement was nigh impossible I went to a doctor. After viewing the x-rays, he couldn't believe I had gone to work and ordered me home to bed and medication for seven days, but to my dismay staying in bed was easier said than done. The extremely strong medication  did little more than make me drowsy for short periods. After a week there were more x-rays which showed that the extensive damage to the inside of my chest cavity was what made breathing very difficult, and movement excruciating.All heals in time, but I admit that for the first time in my life I have become very aware of falling.

The other day, just when I was thinking that all was going well, and I was busy scrubbing the floor and thought I saw a flashing light from the side of my left eye, followed by what I thought a hair~but there was nothing there. Only a few minutes later, I began seeing dark black, vertical cracks appear i the left side of my was very strange, like space was breaking open. There was no real pain, just a feeling that my eyeball was being pushed out of my head. I went to the specialist next morning and in a nutshell, there is a vitreous gel in front of the retina, and in some cases (after cataract surgery) it pulls away, creating traction on the retina. In my case the retina has not yet detached, but I'm restricted in activity for now and my vision is cloudy. I also have a large number of "floaters" that were not there previously.

All in all, it is no great disaster~just a number of niggly little things that become irritating, making daily tasks slow and cumbersome.

In truth, these past weeks have given me time for reflection. While my life is relatively normal, and I have no serious complaints, I have realized a strong desire to make a change. This is not so easy when one is not so young, but none the less, I think it is time. The big question is:   What do I change to?

I still need to support myself and jobs are scarce. How can I find funds to "re-train" and look for new employment in a market where the young are coming out of college with no jobs~and at my age? So many questions but so far no answers... 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sunday, 26 April 2015


Israel, Jerusalem, Judaism, Zionism, Middle East, Aliyah, Conversion, and everything else that pops up