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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Blue & White," Follow The Money

As is the norm for professional, full-time soldiers in Israel, Benny Gantz, Gabi Ashkenazi and Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon retired rather young. Of the three, only Bogie went searching for another strenuous career. Bogie has been in politics, first teasing Likud supporters by posturing as on the Right and strong on security. But it didn't take long for him to disappoint his Right/Likud supporters.

One shouldn't ignore the simple fact that Gantz, Ashkenazi and Bogie made their ways up the power ladder in the IDF when the "rungs" were sawed off for anyone even marginally on the Right of Israel's political spectrum or wore a kippah full-time. Truth be told, the IDF of their time was much more secular and Leftist than today.

Many people were surprised at the sudden appearance of the three with Yair Lapid, as they heralded a new "Centrist" party, which they cleverly called "Blue & White," the colors of the Israeli flag. Lapid the more dedicated and successful politician surprisingly gave up the top spot to Gantz. Political pundits, "anyone but Bibi" supporters and quite a few others on all sides of Israeli politics have commented that the four don't look like a comfortable mix. But in politics there are agendas and backers. I'm interested in the backers. Follow The Money
Who crafted/assembled this "knock out Bibi" party? Who's funding this "knock out Bibi" party? 
Shades of V15, the not very subtle American interference in the 2015 Israeli Knesset Elections. Four years ago it seemed pretty clear that the Obama administration and Obama's backers were interfering in Israeli politics to get their nemesis Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu out of office. This year, with Donald Trump as American President, the "anyone but Bibi" forces aren't connected to POTUS. They've regrouped, and I suspect that they're funding Blue and White. Of course, I can't prove anything.

Politics is complicated and not all that simple, nor clean. Gd willing, we'll survive.

 "Blue & White?"

Monday, September 23, 2019

Israeli Elections 2019, 5779 - Not Panicking - Don't Fear Change

In the dark of the night...
The Art of Israeli Politics

At this point, Bibi, Gantz, MKs and innumerous political wheeler dealers are busy with their combo chess poker game, a marathon of hints, talks, teases, flirts, promises, deals, maybes, posturing, threats, posing, faking increasing the national market for medication to reduce blood pressure.

I've decided to take it easy. Last week I voted, and that's as far as my influence goes. Some of you may have found my blog posts or facebook posts helpful in choosing which political party to go for, at least that's what I heard, but now it's not up to us.

Who's going to be sworn in as Prime Minister? 

Honestly, I don't know. I certainly don't want Benny Gantz or any of his Blue & White party. But on the other hand I think it's healthy for a country to have periodic changes in ruling leadership.

Since the great "shockeroo" of 1977 when Likud's Menachem Begin became Prime Minister, the Likud has led the State of Israel most of the time. Some of those governments were good, and some were bad, very bad. During the times when Likud was out of power, Labor and Kadima governments were passable to dangerously awful.

It's not good for a political party to consider itself invincible and above reproach. Ditto for political leaders. Sometimes losing is good, a serious reality shock.

May Gd have mercy on His People

Sunday, September 22, 2019

GUEST POST: Remember World Trade Center

Remember the World Trade Center

(a guest post by Mr. Cohen)
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You may ask why I have chosen this
day to remember the destruction of the
World Trade Center and 3,000+ innocent lives,
because September 11 was ten days ago.

My answer is that the World Trade Center
was destroyed on the 23rd day of Elul,
and tomorrow is the 23rd day of Elul.
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It is not enough to remember the names
of the 3,000 victims who died when the
World Trade Center was destroyed by
Arab-Muslim terrorists on 2001 September 11.

Even more important, we must remember:
the names of the 19 terrorists, and
which religion they believed in [Islam] and,
which religion motivated their violence [Islam] and,
which language they spoke [Arabic],
and where they came from [Egypt and Saudi Arabia].

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Yigal Carmon [President of MEMRI dot org] said:

Two months before 9/11, on Qatar’s state-run
Al-Jazeera TV, [Osama] bin Laden was lionized
in a show dedicated to him. He was called
“the No. 1 Arab and Islamic hero” and
“the conscience of the Arab and Islamic world.”

The program host underlined that as
“the [Muslim] nation thirsts deeply
for someone who will confront America... 
not with words and slogans,”
and said that bin Laden was
“the right man for this important role.”

And indeed he was.

SOURCE:
Americans are good people — just ask the Qatari Emir
by Yigal Carmon, 2019/7/14
www.jns.org/opinion/the-americans-are-good-people-just-ask-the-qatari-emir

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Yigal Carmon [President of MEMRI dot org] said:

“For over two decades, Qatar has been
fostering and advancing nearly every
terrorist organization that has murdered
Americans. It praised Osama bin Laden,
and after him Ayman Al-Zawahiri [leader of
Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden], to the skies.”

SOURCE:
Americans are good people — just ask the Qatari Emir
by Yigal Carmon, 2019/7/14
www.jns.org/opinion/the-americans-are-good-people-just-ask-the-qatari-emir/

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Germany: ISIS bride arrested after photo of
cake celebrating 9/11 found on her lost phone:
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/09/germany-isis-bride-arrested-after-photo-cake-celebrating-9-11-found-on-her-lost-phone
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If you really want to know the details about Muslims
around the world committing violence against their
non-Muslim neighbors, then please go to:
www (dot) JihadWatch (dot) org

Articles on Jihad Watch right now include:

[1] Muslim scouted landmark sites in Boston,
NYC, and DC including Fenway Park and
Statue of Liberty for jihad massacres

[2] 61% of “Palestinians” approve mygf
of jihad murder of Israeli teen

[3] UK: Grand Mufti of Bosnia and
Herzegovina gives Qur’an reading
in Westminster Abbey

[4] Women’s March Replaces Anti-Semites
with Another Anti-Semite

[5] That Was Quick: Women’s March Drops
Anti-Semite It Brought in to
Replace Its Other Anti-Semites

[6] Afghanistan: Taliban target election
rally, murder 50 in jihad bombings,
warn people not to vote or face death

[7] “Anti-Muslim” Event at Michigan Church
Cancelled Quite Unnecessarily

[8] Bangladesh: Muslim mob vandalizes Ahmadi
mosque, cops say mob is too large to oppose

[9] Smuggler claims he will get Islamic
State jihadis into Europe for $8,000

[10] Glazov Gang: Revealed –
Obama’s Betrayal of SEAL Team Six

[11] Muslim Mayor of Prospect Park, N.J.,
Enraged at Being Questioned by
Border Agents on Return from Turkey

[12] Why We Are Bogged Down in Afghanistan

[13] Miami: Muslim American Airlines
mechanic who sabotaged plane had ISIS videos,
spoke of wanting to harm non-Muslims

[14] India: Jammu and Kashmir official says
religion terrorists follow is “definitely not Islam”

[15] Germany: ISIS bride arrested after photo
of cake celebrating 9/11 found on her lost phone

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Finally, I suggest that Batya add Jihad Watch
to Shiloh Musing’s list of “Interesting Blogs”.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"Gevalt" For Sure- Lieberman Holds Israel by The Neck

Recent history here in Israel is showing Avigdor Yvette Lieberman to be a dangerous anarchist. His political machinations has brought down the government, and since then no working coalition has been formed.

For some inexplicable reason, many Israelis vote for him which has been perpetuating the political chaos. The results of yesterday's elections aren't any better than that of the previous ones. It's very dangerous for the large Arab party to be in the coalition, and Gantz's Blue and White have painted themselves in a corner by refusing to work with Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

All those who voted ל for Lieberman are as guilty or even more so for strengthening and legitimizing him. Lieberman has a chokehold on Israeli democracy, on every citizen, Jew or Arab, Torah observant or totally secular. I have an easier time accepting people's vote for Leftist parties than for those who voted Lieberman.


We are in the midst of the Jewish Month of Ellul, the time for more intense Teshuva, Repentance. I pray that those who have been elected to serve us, citizens of the State of Israel, in the Knesset will find it in themselves to work together, reject hatred and dangerous vows. May they form a strong coalition for the betterment, security and sovereignty of the State of Israel.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Different Look at "Zachor"


I had been debating on whether or not to post this on "A  Jewish Grandmother." That's not because Torah and Parshat Shavua belong more on my other blog. It's just that I wanted my Israeli Elections 2019 posts to stay on top. But my messages/commentaries about "Zachor" really belong here.
דברים כה Dvarim 25
זָכ֕וֹר אֵ֛ת אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂ֥ה לְךָ֖ עֲמָלֵ֑ק בַּדֶּ֖רֶךְ בְּצֵאתְכֶ֥ם מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃
Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt—
אֲשֶׁ֨ר קָֽרְךָ֜ בַּדֶּ֗רֶךְ וַיְזַנֵּ֤ב בְּךָ֙ כָּל־הַנֶּחֱשָׁלִ֣ים אַֽחַרֶ֔יךָ וְאַתָּ֖ה עָיֵ֣ף וְיָגֵ֑עַ וְלֹ֥א יָרֵ֖א אֱלֹהִֽים׃
how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear.
וְהָיָ֡ה בְּהָנִ֣יחַ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֣יךָ ׀ לְ֠ךָ מִכָּל־אֹ֨יְבֶ֜יךָ מִסָּבִ֗יב בָּאָ֙רֶץ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יְהוָֽה־אֱ֠לֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵ֨ן לְךָ֤ נַחֲלָה֙ לְרִשְׁתָּ֔הּ תִּמְחֶה֙ אֶת־זֵ֣כֶר עֲמָלֵ֔ק מִתַּ֖חַת הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם לֹ֖א תִּשְׁכָּֽח׃ (פ)
Therefore, when the LORD your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!
Zachor is read to us twice a year in the synagogue. The first time is the Shabbat before Purim as preparation for  that holiday. Zachor זָכ֕וֹר means "Remember!" Haman, the totally evil anti-Jewish person in the Purim Megillah narrative is descended from Amalek, and he schemes a scheme to kill/destroy all of the Jewish People after the destruction of the First Holy Temple, when our leadership was exiled by the Persians.

A half a year later, we read Zachor זָכ֕וֹר again, since it's part of the Torah Portion Parshat Shavua that comes up a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, just before we complete the annual Torah Reading cycle. In the Jewish Year of 5779, this year, it was this past Shabbat.

So last week, as I was preparing myself, doing homework, before attending our Senior Citizens' Women's Parshat Shavua Class, something new hit me about what's written. The standard conventional commentary about Amalek is that they make a point of attacking the weak, those who can't defend themselves. When I reread the verses for the umpteenth time, a few words suddenly stood out:
"וַיְזַנֵּ֤ב בְּךָ֙ כָּל־הַנֶּחֱשָׁלִ֣ים אַֽחַרֶ֔יךָ"
"all the stragglers in your rear"
The general principle when taking a group of people on a hike, or whatever, is to make sure the weaker participants are surrounded by the strong ones for protection and so that they won't stray, stop or get lost. In this Biblical narrative, the stronger ones were tired, so the weaker ones were unprotected, perfect fodder for Amalek, who wouldn't dare attacking anyone capable of fighting back.

Not to "blame the victims," this important Torah Lesson is to remind us, make it clear that it's a Mitzvah, Torah Commandment to protect the weaker in society. Leaving them exposed, whether on the trail or geographically, by government policy is forbidden by Torah Law.

In the early days of the State of Israel, the government used new immigrants, almost exclusively those from "Arab lands," North Africa to settle the more isolated and vulnerable locations of the new country. Newly constructed "Development Towns" weren't populated by the elite veteran European Israelis. New immigrants from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq etc were literally dumped straight off the boat or plane, and given tents to share, until small substandard apartments could be built for them. If they requested to live in Holy Jerusalem, they were told that their new home was a nearby neighborhood of the long dreamt for city, even when hours away. And the lucky ones who did get housing in Jerusalem, were placed on the border and had to endure the dangers of Jordanian snipers. Security was also horrendous in the Development Towns and small isolated agricultural settlements where some were dumped. Besides the short-term government appointed administrators, only desperate newcomers lived in those new places.

Over half a century later, the residual resentment is still strong in many Eidot Mizrach families.

Gd willing the scars of past policies will fully heal, and today's elections will result in a wise and caring government, which is the only protection from modern Amalek.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Guide to the Politically Perplexed: Israeli Elections 2019, 5779, Redo, More Info Clarification

Bli eyin haraa, not to tempt the "evil eye," tomorrow I plan on voting in the Israeli Elections 2019, 5779, Redo.

Unlike previous elections, so far, even though the voting stations will be open in about 24 hours, I've noticed relatively few signs and potential trash. There could be a simple reason, money or lack of it. The political parties and wannabes just can't find the money they had a half a year ago for the first Israeli Elections 2019, 5779. Generally loans are taken out, or the government provides political parties with a certain amount, which will be covered if the party wins enough seats. If they don't win the required amount, then the money must be returned... somehow.

Yesterday I posted about the Israeli political system, which is rather misunderstood. Likud and Blue & White are, davka, taking advantage of people's ignorance. To simplify and repeat:
In Israel we don't vote directly for a Prime Minister. We vote for lists of potential Knesset Members. The party leader who can negotiate a ruling coalition of at least 61 Members of Knesset becomes Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
People, especially those raised abroad, ask if having districts would make it easier to form stable governments. My answer is a firm "NO."

There are two very simple reasons for this:

  1. GERRYMANDERING. Gerrymandering is the "art" of drawing election districts to achieve goals in favor of, or the detriment of specific political parties. 
  2. In a country like Israel, especially with gerrymandered districts and the fact that we have many established political parties, there can still be a variety of political parties and not a simple two party system.

It may help to return to the one-time "experiment" of two ballots, one for Prime Minister and the other for the Knesset. This sort of system exists in Israel in municipalities. People vote separately for the mayor and city council members.

Sometimes the mayor and his party's council members do well, so he has an easy time making a working coalition. Other times, like Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem, the winning mayor doesn't have council members from his party, and he/she must make a coalition with those who had wanted him/her to lose. A skilled politician can pull it off.

Politics is the art of compromise. People/politicians have to work together for the good of the people/country/city/state.

Whether prime minister, president, governor, mayor etc one must be fair also to those with different opinions, not just to supporters.

I'm voting Yemina, and davka one of the reasons is because the various factions now running together for the Knesset have shown that despite their "bad history," they are willing to work together. Even though many times I've said that I wouldn't vote for NRP-Jewish Home, this time I am, since they're working with politicians I support. Nobody's perfect, especially in politics. We have to vote and then pray that the winners will do the right thing for the good of the country.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Israeli Elections 2019, 5779, Redo, Caution & Clarification

Israeli politics is a team sport, like football. If you can't or won't work with others, you won't succeed. 

  1. In Israel we don't vote for the Prime Minister.
  2. In Israel we vote for lists of potential Members of Knesset.
  3. In Israel political parties and Knesset Members must join together, compromise, work together to form coalitions. 
  4. Israel is governed by COALITION GOVERNMENTS headed by a Prime Minister.
Obviously this isn't easy. Being the Prime Minister of the State of Israel isn't a simple matter of just making decisions and giving orders. Actually the army isn't good training for national politics. 

It's not enough for an Israeli political party to get the most votes to make them the ruling party. When Zippy Livni headed Kedima, it got more votes than Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu's Likud, but she couldn't gather/negotiate a ruling coalition. Bibi could and formed the government as its Prime Minister. 

And a few months ago in the first Israeli Elections 2019, 5779, Likud scraped by with the most votes, but not enough MKs were willing to join a coalition with them. 

If the polls are right, Israeli Elections 2019, 5779, #2 will have the same basic results as #1. This can go on forever, because the political parties on the Left, Center-Left, including Avigdor Lieberman's,  have centered their platform on "Anyone but Bibi" as a coalition condition. Considering that polls consistently show Netanyahu as most popular for the position, we have a problem.
Who is more suited to serve as Prime Minister?
42% Netanyahu, 28% Gantz, 15% Don’t know
, 4% Shaked, 3% Lieberman, 3% Peretz, 3% Barak, 2% Lapid

see Jeremy's Knesset Insider
To be truly successful in Israeli politics, one must be willing to work together and compromise. Gd willing, enough of those elected to the Knesset will put their egos aside and do what's best for the State of Israel.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Something Good: "Media" Sure Changing in Israel

Dancing to Jewish music during a morning talk show
Here in Israel it wasn't all that long ago, when the only time you'd see an obviously religious Jew on Israeli television news was when  one was being interviewed. Those holding the microphone were uniformly bareheaded.

In the days when I was a young mother, we'd advise each other to encourage our children to "go into the media" as careers. It was a very sturdy "double-glazed glass ceiling" in terms of both religious observance and politics. Until not all that long ago, the Israeli media was strictly secular-Left. If anyone didn't "fit in," he or she'd be relegated to technical staff at best.

The Israeli media, first radio and later on television, shaped opinion and had a lot of influence. So when we talked of encouraging our children to break in and make careers in the media, it seemed rather revolutionary, more Don Quixote, than a practical profession like teaching, nursing, engineering and computers.

A few years ago, Bibi Netanyahu's Likud Government disbanded the old Leftist government Israel Broadcasting Authority and established a few "private," though government backed television/radio companies. Even though some of the old veteran media stars are still featured, there are many new ones. This new media revolution broke the hold the Histadrut, Israel's powerful labor union, had on the media.

Today, Channel 11 seems to be dominated by men who wear kippot, and many of those kippot are cloth, usually black, not the crocheted favored by the religiously moderate Bnai Akiva, NRP.

True change is always slow, and of course nothing will ever be perfect. But I think that we're going in the right direction. Religious women, married with hair covered in various styles, are also now seen on television even giving opinions. Gd willing I'll try to take photos and write about them, too.

Yes, I see wonderful changes and improvement here in Israel. This isn't the way things were half a century or even twenty years ago, Baruch Hashem, Thank Gd.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9/11? This May Annoy A Lot of People

From my vantage point in Israel...

In the half century I've lived in Israel...

In all honesty, it really hurts, even annoys me that people act like there has only been one terror attack worth commemorating or mourning about.

OK On 9/11, September 11, 2001, Arab terrorists managed to murder and main thousands, not just one, two, a few or a dozen plus at a time.

When I go to our Shiloh Cemetery, I visit friends and neighbors murdered by Arab terrorists in a number of attacks.

When someone saves a person, he/she saves a world. Doesn't that that if a person is murdered, a world is destroyed?

Israel's a small country, and Shiloh is a small town. I feel the loss of those destroyed worlds.

The United States is a humongous country, and New York Cities is larger than life. The size of the 9/11 terror attack suits New York's great size. If here had been "just" an "Israeli sized" terror attack, it would have been forgotten by now. And people all over the world wouldn't be talking and writing about it eighteen 18 years later. Even New York City would have forgotten it.

Unfortunately New Yorkers, Americans and even most Israelis don't connect the dots. The don't see the connections between the terror attacks, between the terrorists. That's one of the reasons, I'm not joining the chorus today. I'm not going to write or talk about where I was when I heard about the attack.

The victims of terror attacks are "civilian soldiers" who die (or get injured) in vain.

If the United States had been willing to connect their terror attack to ours, then they could have joined the State of Israel in fighting terrorism.

But Americans don't like to think that the terrorists trying to destroy the State of Israel are connected to the terrorists who orchestrated the coordinated terror attacks on 9/11/2001.

What a waste of lives...


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Strange Sounds in The Night


Friday Night, Lail Shabbat, after we had finished eating, suddenly a piercing wail filled the air. It was an emergency alarm. I locked the doors and then all the easy to access windows. My husband pooh poohed it, insisting that it was just an "electrical problem."

Then the siren wailed again.

The street was quiet. If something was going on, we'd hear noises.

Friday nights have been chosen by Arab terrorists to attack innocent Jews. They've snuck into homes through open doors and windows and murdered, maimed, terrorized and scarred Jews, young and old.

Again the siren wailed.

Should we turn on the phone to check for messages? No, the house felt safe. It was Shabbat.

The siren wailed wailed loudly. This was no "electrical problem."

I didn't want to turn on the phone. If there was bad news, it could wait.

We used to have a beeper that gave security announcements without our having to touch it, but since nowadays everyone has phones, the beeper is passe. I sure missed that beeper. I refused to turn on my phone.

My husband went to sleep. I couldn't imagine sleeping. I was at high alert. It would take more than an "all clear" siren to get my body to fall asleep.

Yet again, the siren pierced Shabbat's silence, like a terrorist in the frenzy of murder.

If the sound of the siren is unbearable in the living room, then there's no way I could attempt to sleep in our bedroom, which is much closer to the siren's loudspeaker.

Our street was silent. No soldiers rushing around, nor ambulances providing first aid to injured.

If something has happened in Shiloh, it didn't happen in my neighborhood.

Siren, stop your screeching. I can't take it anymore.

No doubt my blood pressure is sky high.

Gd willing the sirens are just to tell us to stay indoors, because of a suspected incursion. This happens periodically in Jewish villages. Today's security is high tech, which can detect movement on the borders, even when there aren't any fences. Many times it's no more than a patrolling soldier taking a discrete "leak." But until it's known for sure what triggered the alarm, we must stay put. It's already past bedtime, so I have no plans to leave.

Again a siren...

And now I see lights rotating like at a disco from army vehicles in the street. They must be looking for terrorists, or just missing kids...

Our kids are grown up and don't live at home.

I'm tired. Can I risk falling asleep? What if the sirens resume?

I finally get myself ready for bed, but end up reading on the couch.  And then I dozed off.

Did someone just call me? I'm up again.

I try to sleep in bed. Again I doze off, but I thought I heard knocking. I'm up again. But I'm silent.

Back to the couch, and then back to bed.

Finally asleep...

My husband tries to wake me up to go to synagogue.
"No," I tell him. "I need to finally sleep. You go, and when you find out what had happened at night, come home and tell me."
Later on my husband returned with a report:
"Suspected incursion."
Nobody found. No injuries or damage reported, Baruch Hashem, Thank Gd.

Later I went to the synagogue. A young neighbor said that she had to turn on her phone and call the parents of children who were in her house when the sirens had began. Instructions are that nobody is to go outside during security alerts. She, in turn, got calls from other parents who had her children.

Thank Gd we only lost sleep, not lives.

Shavua Tov
Have a Wonderful Week


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Shiloh, One of Judaism's Holiest Sites

As time goes on, since we made the move to Shiloh thirty-eight 38 years ago, I've become more and more attached to its holiness. If you read the Tanach, Bible, you'll learn that it was the first capital/central city for the Jewish People. Shiloh is one of the locations Joshua leading the Jewish People was able to enter without a battle. The Canaanites had left.

According to the Biblical text, the Mishkan, Tabernacle was assembled on a flat area, where it remained for close to four hundred years. The Kohanim, Priests were in charge, and Jews arrived to pray, especially for the Jewish Holidays. Archeologists have found enormous jugs and the remains of food. The Bible relates how Elkana would come with his family, gathering others on the way. His barren wife, Hannah, went to the holy spot to pray for a son, whom she pledged to Gd would serve Him and the Jewish People. A son was born to them, Samuel the Prophet. Women have come to Shiloh to pray ever since.


For well over a decade I've been inviting women to join me praying together on Rosh Chodesh, the first of the Jewish Month to pray together. Next Rosh Chodesh will be Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, Tuesday October 29, 2019, 30th of Tishrei, 5780, 8:30am. We can't have our prayer group at the beginning of Tishrei, because it's Rosh Hashannah.


I know that many Jews go to pray at graves and tombs, but I feel that those places are extremely problematic. Gd has made it clear that we're not supposed to pray via dead people. That's why the location of Moshe, Moses's grave is unknown. Gd took him and his body. Also, unlike the theology of other religions, we're supposed to pray directly to Gd, not via an intermediary.

Women, unlike men, aren't required to pray with a minyan, quorum of ten or more. Please join us if you can. Our prayers are silent, except for the singing together of Hallel on Rosh Chodesh. For more information email shilohmuse@gmail.com, "Rosh Chodesh" as subject.


Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh has a special women's event a few days before Rosh Hashana, which they call "Tefilat Chana," "Hannah's Prayer." This year it will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 5pm, tours, music and Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi as main speaker.


For more information contact visit@telshilo.org.il or call 02-5789111.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Is There a War in Northern Israel?

Yesterday, in a couple of surreal hours, there seemed to be a war going on in Northern Israel. All three channels we get from Israel were reporting it.







Then, this morning, except for the yapping of politicians, it's like nothing had ever happened. I'm confused.

Besides that, it's so hard to get excited about the upcoming elections. And the 2019 Redo Knesset Elections are very soon. Not that I take polls very seriously, but the trend seems to be another tie.

Nu, what do you think?