Monday, February 29, 2016

Israeli Sovereignty, Every Victim-More Proof of Need

Nadia Matar
Yehudit Katzover
Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover, of Women in Green set up a protest vigil, thirty-three 33 hours, one for each of the recent victims of Arab terror.
Activists for applying Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria began a 33-hour vigil outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence Sunday to protest the 33 murders since the wave of Arab violence began on the eve of Rosh Hashana. (Jerusalem Post)
Women in Green co-director Nadia Matar told Arutz Sheva that the primary purpose of the vigil was to shake the Israeli public awake and prevent people from simply "getting used to" daily anti-Semitic attacks in the Jewish homeland.
"This cannot go on, we cannot get used to it!" Matar said. "We're not in (pre-war) Poland - we are in Israel, in sovereign Israel, in 2016!" (Arutz 7) 
Gd willing there will be no reason to extend the vigil. May there be no more innocent Jewish victims of Arab terror!!

It has been awhile since I've made it to one of their protests, but I was greeted with warm hugs and a request to speak. Matar and Katzover planned this protest as a "Hyde Park" style protest vigil offering various people the opportunity to voice their opinions. And since they both think of me as "Batya Shiloh," because of Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers, and the obvious fact that I live in Shiloh, I did mention in the few minutes I spoke, in both Hebrew and English, that next Rosh Chodesh Prayers will be Friday, the first of Adar Bet, March 11, Gd willing.

I felt very privileged to be included among the much more important speakers who gave extremely informative and fascinating speeches, professors,  an architect and the new young Director of Moetzet YESHA Shiloh Adler, among others.

I've always found it inexplicable that the State of Israel reacted so negatively to the miraculous victory in June, 1967. Instead of immediately declaring sovereignty and encouraging Jewish settlement over all of the Land we miraculously liberated from illegal Arab occupation, the Leftist Labor rulers treated our precious Land as if it was leprous. And we are still paying the painful deadly price for their mistakes!

Here are some photos from the vigil.

Director of Moetzet YESHA, Shiloh Adler

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Guest Post: Jewish Newspapers and Christian Missionaries

Jewish Newspapers vs Christian Missionaries
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

Instead of writing articles that give free publicity to Christian missionaries who target Jews [which is what most Jewish newspapers do, when they write about the missionary problem], Jewish newspapers should instead publish articles that give free publicity to the people who FIGHT AGAINST Christian missionaries who target Jews.

This is a recently-updated list of people who FIGHT AGAINST
Christian missionaries who target Jews (in alphabetical order):

Baltimore Branch of Jews for Judaism

Daily Minyan
Gene Shlomovich is a FORMER “Messianic Jew” who returned to Judaism:

Jewish Israel
watching evangelists in Israel since 2008

Jeff Neckonoff returned to Judaism:

Jews for Judaism USA

Jews for Judaism Canada

Judaism’s Answer to Missionary Claims
probably by Moshe Shulman

Messiah Truth

Thematic Index of Counter-Missionary Articles

Ohr Somayach / Ask the Rabbi

Outreach Judaism (Rabbi Tovia Singer)

Penina Taylor escaped from Christianity and accepted Orthodox Judaism:

Their Hollow Inheritance
Michoel Drazin refutes Christianity

Torah Atlanta

Truth About Mashiach

Why Jews Reject Jesus by Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Yad L'Achim
They fight against evil missionaries, but only in Israel.

My hope in publicizing this list, is that Jews NOT focus all their attention on the organizations that are most famous or have clever-sounding names.  Sometimes the unknowns do great work, even better than the famous organizations, sometimes much better. 

This list of ANTI missionary links can be printed on paper and distributed Jews who need it.

Please feel free to suggest improvements to this list!
PLEASE help the battle against
internet anti-Semitism by making
a PayPal donation to:


Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem:

Why Muslims Hate Jews:

Forgotten Oppression against Jews:

American Anti-Semitism:
Rambam vs Reform Judaism:

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):

Sephardic Jews Reject Reform Judaism:

How Reform Jews CHEATED on the Pew survey:

How to Convict the New York Times
of Unfair Bias Agianst Israel:
Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:
Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
How Torah Can Defeat Terrorism:
Mr. Patrick Condell has no Jewish ancestors
and no religion that might cause him to favor Jews.

Please read these short pro-Israel articles by Mr. Patrick Condell:

Disturbing Visit to Mike Evan’s FOZ Museum and Pat Boone croons a missionary tune

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A former Texas Missionary’s Visit to Mike Evan’s FOZ Museum
In a stunning and very personal account former Texas missionary Shannon Nuszen, who has since converted to Judaism, describes her distressing visit to the new Friends of Zion Museum (FOZ) in Jerusalem which was founded by evangelist Mike Evans. "The building is exquisite. The art gorgeous. The presentations are impressive. The technology is state of the art. The message is heart-warming. But for somebody like me who understands the language and techniques of the most aggressive missionaries, it was infuriating and heart-breaking all at once."…more

Related Video:  Missionaries Pat Boone and Sid Roth target Jews for conversion on TBN

Pat Boone will be singing to Israeli Soldiers at the Friends of Zion Museum (FOZ) in Jerusalem today. But watch this Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) clip of Boone and Sid Roth targeting Jews for conversion and the theme song to "Exodus" will never be the same.

(BTW CUFI has just announced a partnership with the missionary network TBN...stay tuned)

Travel Dangers in Judea vs Binyamin

The other week when traveling with my daughter and her daughters to Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion to see the play "Sisters," we noticed something very surprising to us. On the Gush Etzion part of Highway 60, unlike the Mateh Binyamin section of the same highway, there are bus stops.

thanks to Ruth Jaffe Lieberman

Security authorities in our area, Highway 60 from Adam to Eli, do not permit bus stops on the main road. There are trempiadas, places one can wait for rides or offer rides outside of communities like Ofra or at junctions like Shiloh and Eli, but no public bus is permitted to have stops there. We, the carless, have to decide at times whether or not to wait for a bus and possible tremp inside at a bus stop, or wait for a tremp where this is no chance a bus will stop.

In Gush Etzion, the trempiadas on the main road,  Highway 60, are also bus stops, which can make traveling easier, but there's a downside to this. Highway 60 is a popular venue for Arab terrorists. They take advantage of the lack of real protection for innocent Jews. It's very easy for them to shoot and stab, since they don't have to pass through a security check to get to the bus stop. And as we all know, many of the victims of Arab terror at the Gush Etzion bus stops had considered themselves careful since they weren't going to tremp.

I don't claim to be a security expert, and didn't serve in the IDF, but I've been living in Israel since 1970 and in Shiloh since 1981, and I'm also a terror attack survivor, injured, too. But it seems to me that life in Gush Etzion would be safer if they kept bus stops off of the road. At least it would be harder for the terrorists to reach/harm/kill innocent Israelis.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Refreshing to Read Some Truth About "Palestine" sic

I was surprised to see something so true on the internet as this article:
Unfashionable Truths in Palestine: Jonathan Schanzer Takes on the Abbas Racket
In May 2009, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Washington, preparing to meet the new American President, Barack Obama.  Nine years earlier Mr. Abbas’ boss, Yasser Arafat, rejected an offer for the very Palestinian state that Palestinians claim they seek. The deal Mr. Arafat rejected would have given Palestinians an independent state on roughly 95 percent of the West Bank, all of the Gaza Strip and a capital in East Jerusalem. All Mr. Arafat had to do was renounce conflict with Israel—which he was unwilling to do.
Instead, he opted to launch a four-year bombing campaign in which young Palestinians were used to blow some 1,100 Israeli civilians to pieces—a campaign that boomeranged badly.... 
Too many people don't have the guts to look at the situation here objectively. They don't want to be objective when it comes to Israel. They wouldn't care if Israel was destroyed Gd forbid. And they keep insisting that Mahmoud Abbas is a "peace-loving" moderate, which is a total and utter lie!

Elder of Ziyon

Friday, February 26, 2016

Guest Post: message to a Jewish Blogger

One popular Jewish blogger posts a few messages every week.
Her blog posts are harmless, but are relentlessly focused on trivial matters.

I recently sent this message to her blog:

Dear (name omitted to avoid Lashon HaRa),

I realize that you will delete this message,
but are some things that I MUST say to you:

When will you use your blog to help combat anti-Jewish propaganda?
When will you use your blog to help combat media bias against Israel?
When will you use your blog to help combat the anti-Israel BDS movement?
When will you use your blog to help combat Islamic terrorism?

After 120 years, the Heavenly Court WILL ask you these questions!

You will then have to explain why you only used your blog to discuss trivial matters, instead of using it to help your fellow Jews who were being attacked because they were Jews, and needed all the help they could get.

Mr. Cohen
Please help Shurat HaDin SUE the terrorists in court:    

Shurat HaDin won $9.4 million in appeal against Iran for terror victims:

Shurat HaDin successfully froze over $600 million in terrorist assets:

Shurat HaDin’s victory for Israel on FaceBook:

Shurat HaDin Wins Major Victory in Lawsuit Against Iran
PS: Check out these pro-Israel web sites: * * * *
Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:

Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem:

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:

Why Muslims Hate Jews:

Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:

Seven Times Stronger
(a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust):

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):

Sephardic Jews Reject Reform Judaism:

How to Convict the New York Times:

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:

One of "My Dumb Questions" About "Sin of The Golden Calf"

I'm known for my "dumb questions." I wasn't brought up with the usual Torah stories, and I tend not to take everything as true unless it's straight from the Biblical text.

By Nicolas Poussin -, Public Domain,

In the Biblical story of the "Sin of The Golden Calf" in this week's Torah Portion, Ki Tissa, something has been bothering me. I wonder how in a time before reliable watches, clocks, cellphones etc  the recently escaped from slavery Jewish People could have had been so sure of the exact time that they went into a panic when Moses hadn't arrived back at the "right time."

It wasn't all that long ago that it was normal to just wait, because one never knew when exactly someone would arrive, and there was no way to contact them. There could always be justified delays from weather, traffic, unexpected snafus. Way back when, just a few decades ago, we'd take for granted that forty days could be forty-two or even more.

Could the sin be that organizing that calf/idol really started well before the forty day deadline?

What do you think?

The New American Consulate in Jerusalem

I haven't made it there yet, but when I was taking a walk with a friend in the Arnona neighborhood she pointed it out. Can you see the American Flag in the distance between the two trees?

The old one, near the former  "seam" by the ceasefire lines between what had been in Israel's hands and Jordan, was a very unpleasant and decrepit place to go. The last time I was there it rained inside the courtyard where we had to wait.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Friendly Fire," The Most Painful Death/Injury

"Friendly Fire" is the euphemism used for when an army/soldier unintentionally kills/injures a fellow soldier (or nearby civilian) from his/her own side. And some of you may want to amend/correct this by mentioning that training accidents are "Most Painful Death/Injury." Basically, they, too, are a form of "Friendly Fire."

Eliav Gelman, killed by friendly fire yesterday
These terrible losses have been in the news lately, because in the chaos of terror attacks, some very precious lives have been lost.

The 30-year-old Karmei Tzur resident and father of two was killed Wednesday afternoon in a terror attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, a popular hitchhiking spot south of Jerusalem.
The attacker, a mathematics teacher from the Arab village of Dura who approached Gelman and a group of soldiers while brandishing a knife, was shot and wounded by security forces on the scene. One stray bullet, however, struck Gelman, fatally wounding him.
The extra pain of these losses is suffered by the shooter who has to live with the guilt of killing/injuring the wrong person, even when as in the case of yesterday's tragedy, the terrorist was executed.

One of my sons once told me that the most difficult part of milu'im, reserve duty is that he's not familiar with the walk/posture/body language of the men (women, too?) he serves with. He has the talent to recognize people's walks etc even from distances, but when each period of milu'im is with soldiers he doesn't know, it's very hard to know if the approaching person is friend or foe. Military History from all over the world is full of tragic stories of soldiers and officers who had been killed because the guards thought they were approaching enemies.

המקום ינחם HaMakom yinachem, May Gd comfort the mourners, the family and friends of Eliav Gelman, and may Gd also comfort the person who unintentionally killed him.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It Seems that people agree with me, or...

...maybe they want to argue. What do you think?
Again three out of the six most popular blog posts on Arutz 7 are mine.

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Adar Bet Double Joy

We are halfway through the first month of Adar, and some people celebrate Purim this month, too. But whether or not you're celebrating Purim Katan today or not, in another month we will all be celebrating. In just over two weeks it will be Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, and two weeks later PURIM!

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, 
Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet (#2)
Friday March 11, 2016
1st of Adar Bet (#2), 5776, 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 אדר ב 
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ו' 11-3  א' אדר ב, תשע"ו 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date and let others know. Join our facebook group for more updates. And remember that there are many other things to do at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. It's open to visitors six days a week. For more information call 02-994-4019.

And if you're interested in organizing rides for yourself and neighbors, then please contact Ben Levine of Awesome Tours. He has a supersized van, a bus that has room for fifteen 15 passengers comfortably.

Ladies, please remember that Rosh Chodesh is the "Women's Holiday," and it's when we should do something very special, like doven together in Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, where the Biblical Chana successfully prayed for a son, whom she promised to dedicate to Gd and the Jewish People.