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Friday, December 2, 2016

Deja Vu, America Only Recognizes Tel Aviv


I'm pretty jaded when it comes to politics, whether Israeli, American or any other country's. I see political leaders as glorified self-promoting actors. They'll say anything for applause and votes, not quite in that order. Most have a crew of accomplished speechwriters who can tailor words to suit the audience. And that is why during American Presidential campaigns we pretty much always hear:
"If elected, I will move the American Embassy to Israel's Capital City, JERUSALEM!" {Applause and standing ovation.}
For decades, it has been a mantra, a rite of passage when visiting Israel or speaking to certain Jewish organizations in the quest to be nominated and then elected President of the United States of America. It's rare for anyone to be elected without reciting those magic words.

Ivanka and Jared Kushner on Succot
a few years ago.
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Davka, I don't think that Donald Trump actually did say it, but his Jewish daughter, Ivanka, did:
Ivanka Trump says her father will move US embassy to Jerusalem ‘100%’ if elected
But I wouldn't hold my breath. Nothing personal against President Elect Trump, but in order to move the American Embassy, he's have to lobotomize/reprogram/restaff the perennially anti-Israel State Department and first officially recognize Jewish/Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, which is a long difficult process. Considering that the State Department has been anti-Israel forever and even recommended in 1947 to then President Harry Truman not to vote for a Jewish state in the United Nations, it wouldn't be easy.

And don't forget that Lame Duck Barack Hussein Obama has just re-thrown a wrench into the works by renewing the perennial presidential waiver.
In keeping with every other presidential administration over the last 20 years, a White House statement cited “national security interests” in waiving Congress’s 1995 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer its embassy there.
Every president since Bill Clinton has cited national security in presidential waivers signed every six months that have postponed the embassy’s relocation. (Times of Israel)
Been there, done that...

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CHODESH TOV!! Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh

Today is the first day of the Jewish Month of Kislev. In just over three weeks it will be Chanukah, and the following Rosh Chodesh, Tevet, will be towards the end of the holiday in four weeks time. This morning was a perfect morning to walk around Tel Shiloh and pray at the site of the Biblical Tabernacle.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tevet, 5777 
Friday December 30, 2016 
1st of Tevet, 5777, 8:30am 
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh 
Tour of Tel Shiloh 
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson 


Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors. 

תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ו' 30-12-2016
 א' טבת, תשע"ז 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

So, take out your Jewish Calendar, 5777, and mark the day. If you have more questions about it, please contact me shilohmuse@gmail.com with "Rosh Chodesh" as subject. Our women's dovening isn't a version of synagogue prayers. We sing Hallel out loud and then doven Musaf individually. 


Maybe because of yesterday's cleansing rain, I spotted quite a few interesting looking stones that seemed to have carvings. It was interesting, because usually I don't see anything besides stones/gravel and old pottery shards. There has been a lot of work at the Tel recently. We noticed a lot of changes. It never stays the same.







There's lots more to do at Shiloh Hakeduma besides our monthly prayers, so I suggest that you contact them and visit. For more information call 02-994-4019. They seem to have a new activity, which looks like a giant puzzle.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GUEST POST: How to Convict the New York Times

How to Convict the New York Times
(a guest post by Mr. Cohen)
 
How can we PROVE that the New York Times suffers from a relentless anti-Israel bias?

[1] Go to www.aish.com. Find the text box that says “Search Aish.com”. This text box is at the upper-right corner of that web site.  Then type in “New York Times” and press the [ENTER] key. This should result in the display of numerous matching articles that document the fanatical anti-Israel bias of the New York Times.

[2] Go to www.5tjt.com. Find the text box that says “Search in site”. This text box is at the upper-right corner of that web site.  Then type in “New York Times” and press the [ENTER] key. This should result in the display of numerous articles that document the anti-Israel hatred of the New York Times.

[3] Go to http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com. Find the text box that says “Search”. This text box is at the upper-right corner of that web site.  Then type in “New York Times” and press the [ENTER] key. This should result in the display of numerous articles that document the anti-Israel hatred of the New York Times.

[4] Go to www.algemeiner.com. Then go to the magnifying-lens symbol on the upper-right corner of the screen.  Click on that icon to invoke a text box where you can type in “New York Times” and then click on the button that says [SEARCH]. This should result in the display of numerous articles that document the anti-Israel bias of the New York Times.
 
[5] Go to www.matzav.com. Then go to the magnifying-lens symbol on the upper-right corner of the screen.  Click on that icon to invoke a text box where you can type in “New York Times” and then click on the button that says [SEARCH]. This should result in the display of numerous articles that document the anti-Israel bias of the New York Times.

[6] Go to: www.camera.org * www.HonestReporting.com * www.memri.org.
 
[7] If the previous steps did not work for you, then try these web links:
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An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth
by Matti Friedman, 2014/8/26
www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/183033/israel-insider-guide

SUMMARY: This article exposes intentional anti-Israel bias in the news media.
It is still VERY relevant, even thought it was written in 2014.
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Long Term Study of NYT Reveals a Bias Against Israel:
www.aish.com/jw/mo/48966226.html
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J’Accuse by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, 2014/7/30
www.aish.com/jw/mo/JAccuse.html
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Welcome to the world of The New York Times,
where only Palestinians have sympathetic eyewitnesses:
www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260373/new-york-times-no-israeli-victims-palestinian-phyllis-chesler
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“One [New York] Times opinion editor, Matt Seaton, even admitted last year [2014 CE] that the newspaper has a policy of veering away from criticism of Palestinians.”

SOURCE: Final sentence of article titled:
New York Times Editor: Coverage of Israel Most Criticized Aspect of Opinion Pages
by Shiryn Ghermezian, 2015 October 14, found in: The Algemeiner.
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New York Times op-ed: Wipe Israel Off-The-Map:
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/new-york-times-op-ed-wipe-israel-off-the-map/
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2016/11/23: New York Times Erases Israel from Map:
http://matzav.com/hikind-blasts-new-york-times-for-excluding-israel-on-map-of-middle-east/
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2013/11/19: New York Times articles are not attacking
“occupation” anymore, but the very idea of a Jewish state:
www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13010
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Why I’m Unsubscribing to the New York Times:
www.tabletmag.com/scroll/183412/why-im-unsubscribing-to-the-new-york-times
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Rabbi Steven Pruzansky said this on 2013/11/29:
"Many of the Israel’s most prominent and hateful critics are Jews who
become willful tools of those who wish to destroy the Jewish state
and bitterly oppose any expression of Jewish nationalism.
Some of them traditionally write for the New York Times."

SOURCE: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, a synagogue consisting of nearly 600 families located in Teaneck, New Jersey.
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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
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PLEASE help SUE the terrorists in court:
www.IsraelLawCenter.org    
www.TheLawFareProject.org                  
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Ancient Roman historian connected Jews with Land of Israel and Jerusalem:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html
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Mr. Patrick Condell has no Jewish ancestors
and no religion that might cause him to favor Jews.

Thankful Shiloh isn't Surrounded by Forests and Parks

The other morning, while riding to work in Kochav Hashachar, which is southeast of Shiloh, I took a good look at the view, at the land and lack of trees once we passed the small groves of olive trees and some vineyards just past Shvut Rachel.

on the way to Kochav Hashachar

entrance of Kochav Hashachar

Just outside of Shiloh



As you can see from the photos, it's the barrenness surrounding Shiloh and the communities to the east that saved us from the aishtafada.

If you remember, a few months ago, there was a fire started to the west of Shiloh which burnt down some olive trees. But since it wasn't near enough to any yishuv, nobody was in any real danger.

Gd willing, the rain will keep us all safe for awhile, and our government will wisen up and start executing Arab terrorists without trials. But that's another post...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dumb Question: Voter Identity in USA, Easy to Cheat?

As you may know, I've never voted in American Elections. We made aliyah a couple of months before my first possibility. In those days, voting age was twenty-one 21. I turned the age in May, got on the boat late August, and Elections were in November. It never even crossed my mind to apply for an Absentee Ballot. And over the almost half a century since then, I've gotten no further than mulling over the issue.

Here in Israel voting is very organized and it's pretty hard to cheat, other than those who arrive with an Identity Card of a similar looking dead person who hasn't been registered as dead, or the same sort of thing with someone hospitalized. As long as nobody in the polling station staff realizes it or "squeals," it can be done.

wikimedia.org
Yes, in Israel we have Identity Cards, with pictures. Some of us have very old ones, which can be problematic, since we don't look much like the photos. That's why there's usually a lot of pressure on the staff in the Ministry of the Interior to produce new cards for many in the weeks before an election. 

In Shiloh and other small communities, there's pretty much always a neighbor on the "staff" who can easily vouch. Also, we're all sent notices telling us exactly where we are supposed to vote. And we must vote there. If there was a mistake by the clerk in the Ministry of Interior, which happens --such as sending someone to Shilat, rather than Shiloh-- one can get free public transportation.

There's no "absentee ballot/voting" in Israel. The closest is the voting by soldiers, diplomats stationed abroad, etc. And those ballots are in multiple envelopes to preserve secrecy. On the outer envelope is the name and ID number of the voter. After polling station votes are counted, then those envelopes are checked to see if that ID number had voted in person. If so, the envelope is voided, ripped, destroyed whatever.

Now, in the United States, there aren't required Identity Cards, and from what I've read, there is no longer an assigned place to vote. So how does it work? Besides just trusting people...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Aishtafada: Israel on Receiving End of Help/Aid

When my sons were teens they both volunteered in the local fire station, which in Hebrew is called כיבוי חילוץ Kibu'i Chilutz, Fire-Put-Out and Rescue. It's call that, because until pretty recently in Israel most homes are traditionally made of bricks and cement, so homes rarely burnt down. There could be relatively small electric fires in a home, but not the sort of scenes we've seen this past week during the aishtafada, when houses literally went up in smoke, since it has been getting more and more popular to build quickly with prefabricated materials, which also insulate better.

Periodically, late summer, early winter before the rains, there would be forest or park fires, but until the Arab terrorists began this new genre of terrorism, purposely setting fires by cities and villages, they never had to deal with such a phenomenon as a neighborhood going up in smoke and flames.

The fire departments here in Israel used to spend most of its time doing "rescue" jobs, like cutting through cars, trucks and buses which had turned over in accidents to rescue drivers and passengers.

This aishtafada, when Arab terrorists simultaneously lit fires in multiple locations, stressed and stretched the Israeli and IDF fire/rescue abilities beyond their capabilities. One of the miracles we've seen is that other countries came to our aid. Granted, from what I understand Israel had to pay for some of this assistance like the American which was from a private contractor, but the coordination of all of these different anti-fire services has been stupendous and miraculous.

Facebook Israel MFA

At the same time, troops on the ground managed to arrest some of the aishtafada terrorists, 37 suspected arsonists arrested, including 18 Israeli Arabs. No doubt that this isn't the end of the story, and they'll try again. Terror knows no boundaries... This is further proof that the Arabs, who are being called "Palestinians," sic, are not a nation/people deserving a state; they are psycho/sociopaths who should be banned and banished.

GUEST POST: Joshua chapter 13 verse 1

GUEST POST by Mr. Cohen:

Joshua, chapter 13, verse 1

In the Biblical Book of Joshua, chapter 13, verse 1, G_d rebuked the prophet Joshua for failing to conquer the entire Land of Israel for the nation of Israel. 
In the next five (5) verses, G_d tells Joshua exactly which pieces of land remain to be conquered.

Every word and every sentence of the Biblical Book of Joshua has been part of the Jewish faith for 33 centuries, and will continue to be a permanent part of the Jewish faith forever.

The Babylonian Talmud, tractate Megillah, page 14A, explains that only prophecies that were needed for future generations were recorded in the Bible. Since Joshua chapter 13 was recorded in the Bible, all generations of Jews must learn from it.

Furthermore, the Biblical Book of Ezekiel teaches that the messiah will increase the size of the land of Israel by conquering more lands. Ancient Rabbis taught that in the era of the messiah, the land of Israel will include both sides of the Jordan River. This is not something that we must do in our times, but it will eventually happen in the era of the messiah.

The concept of giving away the land-of-Israel in exchange for peace with Gentiles is NEVER mentioned in: the Bible, the Jerusalem Talmud, the Babylonian Talmud, the writings of Maimonides, the Code of Jewish Law and its commentaries, or any ancient Jewish book, because it is a gross violation of the Jewish faith.
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500 American Indian nations gave away their land in exchange for peace. 
THE RESULT:
500 American Indian nations and their languages are long-extinct

Great Britain gave Adolph Hitler land (Austria) in exchange for peace. 
THE RESULT:
WWII and the Holocaust
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If giving away land in exchange for peace is such a great idea,
then why don't the Arabs nations give away THEIR lands for peace?


Considering that the Arabs have more than 300 times more land
than Israel, they certainly have more to work with.
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If creating a Palestinian State  is such a great idea, then why don't
the Arabs nations give away THEIR lands to create a Palestinian State
in Iraq or Saudi Arabia or Libya or Algeria?
 
Considering that the Arabs have more than 300 times more land
than Israel, they certainly have more to work with.
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How ADL Betrays Jews:
www.algemeiner.com/2016/11/23/the-adls-praise-of-keith-ellison-betrays-its-mission-to-combat-antisemitism/

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

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fire on My Mind

The aishtafada has wiped out, or burnt up, the rest of my thoughts right now. Imagine a family relaxing on Shabbat, removed from all the weekday concerns, television off, cellphone off and suddenly they are roused from their relaxation, sleep, peaceful pursuits and told to grab themselves and flee their homes. Yes, on Shabbat, when they are only permitted to travel to save their lives.

Yes, this was to save their lives! They had to leave their homes, the entire community!! The Arab terrorists who value neither life, Land or property lit fires around Neve Tzuf, a Jewish town southwest of Shiloh.

The neighborhood is gone, burnt by Arab terrorists!!

Eighteen of those families now have absolutely no home. Their homes were burnt to a crisp and can't be repaired. Their possessions are gone, history. They were hosted by neighboring communities, including an impromptu Bar Mitzvah, which obviously could not take place where planned.

Many groups are doing fundraising for them do doubt. Click here for one of them.


Last night I turned on Israeli TV stations to try to get more information about the fire, news, aishtafada, but they all had their scheduled shows on. When the fires had been burning in the Haifa area, there were special broadcasts, but when there were Jewish communities in Samaria/Binyamin burning, nothing. There's more news on Facebook than anyplace else, though some is fake. But there are plenty of lies in The New York Times, too.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The "Aishtafada" Arab Arson Terror Continues

As further proof that the Arabs hate this Land and are only demanding a state to kick out Jews and form another judenrein apartheid state, they've been intentionally burning up Jewish communities all over Israel.



The Arab terrorists are getting bolder and bolder, which is making it easier to catch them in the act, but the only thing that can stop the fires would be rain, lots of rain. And only Gd can give us that.

before and after
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This is all so horrible. I've been looking at the weather forecast. Just after Shabbat it showed no sign of rain until maybe Wednesday night. Now there may be a drizzle on Tuesday. Here in the Holy Land, rain is controlled by Gd to reward and/or punish us. May we merit rain and as soon as possible, Gd willing.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Latest News: Fires are New Arab Terror Tool

At first it seemed like the fires that had begun all over Israel were just more of the periodic late summer, pre-rain fires that are almost spontaneous in climates like Israel. A month ago, after a very long dry summer, there was a bit of rain, but since then the humidity has been summer-like low, so the first fires were considered "expected."

A plane drops fire retardant on a forest fire in Nataf, near Jerusalem | Photo credit: EPA, Israel Hayom

But then the experts began to notice that the spread of new fires wasn't of "natural causes" or patterns, and on the spot investigations showed them to have been set by Arab terrorists, some who have already been caught.

Stand With Us put out a map:

Terrible fires raging in Israel that have now been confirmed by the spokesman of the fire department Yoram Levi as arson attacks. The perpetrators of these crimes have endangered thousands and caused immense damage to people's homes, lives, and of course the environment. We strongly condemn them. Praying for a swift end to the fires and the safety of all those affected.

These fires, like the peculiar lunar calendar of the Moslems, is further proof that they neither own nor love the Land. How can they destroy the flora, fauna and homes here in the Holy Land? They celebrate terror and murder, and this is just another terrorist tool for them.

The ray of true light during this terrible time is that Israel is being helped by other countries, which is so rare:
Countries send aid to fight fires across Israel
Countries that have dispatched aid so far are Greece, Italy, Croatia, Russia, Cyprus, and Turkey. The aid amounts to 10 planes. (Arutz 7)
May Gd speedily send rain to douse the flames.
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May there be a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat for All

Davka in "Red" Haifa...

Haifa was always known as the "red city," but they weren't talking about flames and anti-fire chemicals.

Firefighting aircraft in Haifa (Photo: Evyatar Alkobi)
Ynetnews


Haifa:
As an industrial port city, Haifa has traditionally been a Labor party stronghold. The strong presence of dock workers and trade unions earned it the nickname 'Red Haifa.' In addition, many prominent Arabs in the Israeli Communist Party, among them Tawfik ToubiEmile HabibiZahi KarkabiBulus Farah and Emile Toma, were from Haifa.

More has come out about the terror source of these fires. Yes, it's the new Arab terrorism, and davka, now there are Arabs condemning it and also hosting families, Jews and Arabs alike who've been forced out of their homes.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sadly Deja Vu, Thousands of Years Later


We the Jewish People are amazingly lucky. Gd keeps giving us more chances, after we fail to heed His warnings. This week listening to Yael Ziegler in Matan, "Kings, Prophets and Hurban," I kept feeling that she was reading from a recent blog post I could have written. No, it's not that she's political, not at all. But we're learning IIKings Chapters 17-18, and in it Gd warns the Jewish People that only He can save us, not any foreign king.
39But the Lord your God you shall fear, and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies."
לטכִּי אִם אֶת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם תִּירָאוּ וְהוּא יַצִּיל אֶתְכֶם מִיַּד כָּל אֹיְבֵיכֶם:
That's a very timely reminder for us. As you know, I enjoy following politics, Israeli and American. And I honestly believe without one iota of a doubt that Donald Trump's policies vis–à–vis Israel will be much better than Hillary Clinton's would have been. But I certainly don't see him, or any other foreigner, Jew or non-Jew, as a messiah/savior of the State of Israel.

Our fate, our future relies in our hands and our deeds, not connected any way with anyone else, even President of the United States of America.

I also believe in the Nachshon effect, meaning that just like the sea parted, making a safe dry pathway when Nachshon stepped in, allowing the Jewish People to safely flee Egypt, if we are firm and confident doing what is best for the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel, the world will quiet down.

The pressures we suffer from today, whether from outside enemies or local terrorism etc. are due entirely to our lack of confidence, our kowtowing to foreign demands and leaders who shouldn't have any power over us. We've given them power over ourselves, and we must take it away.

The world will follow our lead, and if we act like a dog chasing its tail, as we have been doing for much too long, we will be treated badly and bossed around. Only when we make it clear that we are an independent sovereign nation that will abide no more abuse, aggression, verbal, diplomatic and military will our enemies cease their fight against us. That is the meaning of "a light among nations." The light comes from us via Gd.

Gd has offered us "matching funds," as long as we live our lives according to the mitzvot, commandments Gd has commanded us.

Gd willing we will begin to act as we should, bimhaira biyameinu, speedily in our days...


GUEST POST: NYT Erases Israel from Map

GUEST POST by Mr. Cohen

New York Times Erases Israel from Map (2016/11/23):
http://matzav.com/hikind-blasts-new-york-times-for-excluding-israel-on-map-of-middle-east/

For me, the most frustrating part of this story is not that the New York Times erased Israel from its map.

What frustrates me the most is that even after this inexcusable incident, most Jews will continue to buy the New York Times 365 days a year, with an unconditional guarantee that they will never stop buying the New York Times under any circumstances, forever.

Even if the New York Times would print a front-page story urging that ALL Jews (including children and babies) should be herded into Auschwitz-style death camps and then thrown into gas chambers and killed, most Jews would continue to buy the New York Times 365 days every year, for as long as they continue to live.

For most Jews, especially those who are Liberal, the New York Times is more than just a newspaper; it is an addiction that is more addictive than heroin or cocaine. Most Jews could not stop reading it for a month, even if that were the only way to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
 
The editors and owners of that newspaper must be laughing at Jews, they certainly have reason to.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Next Week is...

Rosh Chodesh Kislev!!

Think about the Chanukah story, when the Greeks forbade the Jewish People from observing Jewish Law, praying in the Holy Temple and worse. I wonder if Shiloh was also forbidden to Jews, since the Tabernacle was here for almost four hundred years before King David chose Jerusalem as our Capital. Were there Jews who came to Shiloh as an alternative to The Temple in Jerusalem?


Well, now, ironically, we have a Jewish State, but we are still forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount where our Holy Temples had been located. But we do have Shiloh! And that's one of the reasons I've been inviting women to come here every Rosh Chodesh, beginning of the Jewish Month to pray together. Next Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Kislev. Please try to join us.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5777 
Thursday December 1, 2016 
1st of Kislev, 5777, 8:30am 
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh 
Tour of Tel Shiloh 
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson 
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors. 



תפילת נשים ראש חודש כסלו, בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ה' 1-12-2016
 א' כסלו, תשע"ז 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

There's lots more to do at Shiloh Hakeduma besides our monthly prayers, so I suggest that you contact them and visit. For more information call 02-994-4019.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Has Bibi Been in Power "Forever?"

Menachem Begin, credit
A whole generation of Israelis has grown up knowing just one Prime Minister, and with some short exceptions, two generations or more only know only one ruling party, the Likud.

DAVID BEN-GURION declares
Israel’s independence in Tel Aviv in 1948.
(photo credit:FRED CSASZNIK)
Jerusalem Post





There's a great irony here, because for the first nineteen 19 years of the State of Israel, it was a given that the Herut Party, the forerunner and main party/element of the Likud were forced on the sidelines of power and treated like political/ideological lepers. In the panic of 1967 before the war started, drafting Menachem Begin into the government to make an emergency "national unity government" was more cosmetic than anything else. The State of Israel had been threatened with annihilation, had absolutely no allies, and the ruling Labor Party didn't want to see itself alone as the ship went down.

Some time before the 1977 Knesset Elections, I remember reading an article that stated that Israel was considered one of the best examples of democracy in the world, with one minor, sic, problem. There had only been one ruling party, Labor, the entire nineteen 19 years of its existence.

At that time, like today, the Leftist Labor supporters, and even some to the Left of them, controlled not only the government, but the media and education, which they considered as their historic right.

Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu
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And here we are, almost forty 40 years after that surprise upset victory of Likud which propelled Menachem Begin, whom founding/first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion considered his mortal enemy, into the role as Israel's Prime Minister, and Binyamin Netanyahu has just surpassed Ben-Gurion's record of 2,793 days – or seven years and 236 days in office.

For someone of my generation, this still amazes me. Honestly, when my husband and I made aliyah in 1970, who would have thought that there would be a time when Israel's Left would be marginalized and in the opposition? If anyone would have even hinted at such a possibility, he or she would have been mocked and belittled.

So, when we now talk of a more Jewish State of Israel and Israeli Sovereignty in all of the Land we possess, are we crazy and delusional, or are we visionaries?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Blogging Elsewhere, Popularity

Never quite knowing how to pull off a free lance career, I'm a blogger, giving my articles and writing and knowledge away for free. At least on Arutz 7, which is a popular news site, I know that I have quite a large following.

Again, three out of six 3/6 of the most popular posts are mine:

Popular Posts

Blurring The Truth

On Shabbat, when I read Laura Ben-David's article about the Arab-Jewish photography course she had taken recently, It Takes Two Villages, it reminded me of my experiences in the almost six years I had worked with Arabs in Yafiz-Rami Levy, Sha'ar Binyamin,  "Don't Take My Picture! THEY'll Kill Me."

In the simplistic Leftist mindset, we are all the same, and we just need to get to know each other for peace to happen.

Some Leftist group thought up a plan to teach photography to the women of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, Jews and Arabs. Ben-David decided to participate and describes her experience in an article that appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

I don't know what skills she learned, but the political lesson was identical to what the Arab worker had told me a few years ago. If she, or anyone else, publicizes photos of the Arabs, there will be big trouble for the Arab women who had participated.

Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David

Laura Ben-David
Ben-David learned what is pretty obvious to many of us:
I was starting to get really excited about my upcoming article. I figured I wouldn’t have to write much at all, as the photos would say all that was needed. I mentioned this to one of the Arab women who looked at me like I was insane.
What she said next devastated me: I had no permission to publish any of my photos of those women at all.
I was dumbfounded. Why take all of these photos if I was going to do nothing but bury them in a folder on my computer? What were we expected to do with these photos if not use them in the way I had planned? Then I thought beyond my personal disappointment: What in the world was the point of the class if we could not share the experience with our people? All of our people. My people would, at most, look at me with disdain. But many would see the possibilities.
And it might make people think… What about the Arab women? Couldn’t they see this? Why would they want to waste such an amazing opportunity? I pushed the issue and what I discovered was most tragic of all: they were genuinely afraid – some even for their very lives – should anyone in their communities find out.
It was ironic: the Jews were afraid to attend the course for fear of getting hurt there; the Arabs were afraid to attend the course for fear of getting hurt at home.
Arab society is patriarchal and violent. Good intentions and tolerance are seen as weaknesses. There will not be a grass-roots peace movement to change their society. Not only do the Arabs who work with Jews in business like Rami Levy always have to look over their backs to make sure their neighbors aren't going to attack, but even Arab customers can suffer repercussions. And this only gets worse when Israeli government officials talk "peace" and "Palestinian sic State," because if they are totally under Arab rule, the violence against the more peaceful and tolerant in Arab society, villages, cities and clans will only increase.

There can only be true peace under full Israeli rule and sovereignty.