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SILENCE SURROUNDS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE '67 ISRAELI VICTORIES
Will there be any official government celebrations planned in
Americans – ask your mainstream Jewish organizations, the UJA, UJC, JNF, what celebrations are planned for the 40th Anniversary in
The give-away program was actually begun with the treacherous Oslo Accords of 1993, but swung into full force in August, 2005 when
Now we hear that
The Olmert government has been building a wall through
And the jewel in the crown is
In 1967, when Matti Gur ascended the
And now, we hear that Olmert is considering re-dividing
So that is why we do not hear talk of celebrations, parades and special events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of the state of
But there are those who will not accept the delusions, deceptions and betrayals of the "diplomats" and "leaders" who are only concerned with their personal power positions and are willing to sacrifice the welfare of the country for their own good. There are many remarkably brave and heroic Israelis who will fight against the perfidious ones. We Americans, who understand the nature of the fight, must join with them.
Helen Freedman is the former Executive Director of Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI; 212-828-2424; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sometimes list-members have so much to teach us all. I
thank Penina- who lost her beautiful son in Jenin - for
allowing me to forward her e-mail.
From: simcha and penina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 25 March, 2007 11:28 PM
To: Naomi Ragen
Dear Naomi, Shalom,
I have often shared your concern, your deeply painful
feelings about Israel in these very difficult times.
You might perhaps remember that we are a bereaved family.
Our son fell in Chomat Magen, in Jenin, after seven days
and nights in battle, with no relief forces coming in.
We will soon go to Har Herzl for his azkara [memorial
service] 27 Nissan. It has been five years of deep
introspection, a need to renew faith in HaShem, a need to
forgive Him for taking back our beautiful child. This last
shabbos we spent a weekend at an army base, prepared for
bereaved families, who lost sons/daughters in the IDF
A very young man came to talk to us - he is a talmid of one
of the great rabbis of Israel, and also serves as an
officer in the IDF.
I can say that for the past five years, we have been
"waiting'' for an answer that will substantually relieve the
questions and the pain. This young rabbi addressed
families, some of whom lost a child as far back as 67, or
73. People came in wheel chairs, or with walkers, pitiful,
broken people. They cannot forget their loss. In one case
I know of, this elderly couple lost their only child. They
have no relatives in Israel. They are veteran immigrants.
You would break apart to see the flow of tears mingled with
the glow and the smile in their faces as this rabbi talked.
It was a very deep experience.
What this young man had to say is pertinent to our
feelings, and a full mirror to what Asher Calingold's
sister Esther felt and knew.
We are privileged to be living in an era of the greatest
miracles, but because we are inside, we don't see the
intensity of the light .
It is mostly those on the outside who have clarity of
vision. We are caught up in our own personal time web, so
we feel impatience , but we are within the time of
redemption already. All the events we are undergoing so
painfully, are meant to awaken the Jewish people and to
bring us together as one unit.
The following story he told us illustrates all the things
that are nagging at you (and me) so profoundly, and the
answer is contained within.
As an officer in the IDF, he found himself with a "shadow"
- an officer from a foreign (friendly) army was attached to
him, to learn about tactics, equipment, strategy,
organization, etc. After a few months , the officier said
to Rabbi M. : " This is impossible. I have been to
Finland, to other European countries to study their army
and their military work, and I have learned tremendously.
But from you Israelis, I cannot learn a single thing.
Not one thing."
Rabbi M . asked : "How is that? " And the man answered:
" Each rocket that fell last summer in the north contained
an average of 100 kilograms of explosives. With over 4000
such rockets falling on Northern Israel, we could expect
vast devastation, cities and towns in ruins, thousands of
casualties. We are talking about 400,000 kilos of
explosives, over 400 tons !!! But no... and your life goes
on. We just can't learn from you, because nothing here is
normal. You guys are living on sheer, huge, obvious
I myself came to the conclusion that the sudden exposure of
almost every head of department - leader in government,
police, court system, some knesset leaders, the president,
etc., as touched by corruption, both financial and personal
, moral-ethical situations, is no accident. All those
who thought they could tear Israel apart, by giving away or
condoning giving away parts of Israel, are losing the legs
of dignity they stand upon. They are being humiliated and
are losing their positions. It is not just money. They'll
have fat pensions. It is their good name. A just
punishment. And all this is a big broom, sweeping away the
riff raff so that mashiach can step in.
And that will, I believe, be very soon.
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----- Original Message -----From: FaigeRayzel@aol.comSent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 9:13 AMSubject: Chareidi Rabbanim - Can I make our discussion public?In a message dated 3/24/2007 3:41:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:Ms. Ticker,I generally agree with you on almost all points. The awful truth is that everybody is looking for someone else to solve the problem. The hareidi approach is that the geula is going to happen by the initiative of Hashem almost entirely alone.Rabbi Friedman, amv"shThank you so much for replying. As for your opinion of the Chareidi approach that Geula is going to happen by the initiative of Hashem, I am not sure this is the case. My last discussion with Hadas, Rav Eliashiv's secretary, did not seem to imply this. I had the impression from Hadas who is someone that has insider perspective, was that the Rabbanim wanted more Chizuk from other Rabbanim (important names). One of their considerations I gather was fear of a strong backlash including Kassam Rockets from the Arab Population. When Moshe Rabbeinu confronted Pharaoh to let the Jews go, it got much worse for the Jews. Moshe then went back to Hashem and said "Lama Hareiosa..." It is very likely that if the Jews finally have leadership that will confront Bush's Roadmap as being against the Bible it will be received with tremendous backlash. Apparently this must be the case because every Jewish Leader of stature is afraid to state the obvious and this Fundamental Truth of Torah. I gathered that Hadas personally felt that we still should persevere. She suggested Rav Mordechai Eliyahu as being the Rav that might be the most Mashpia and the Sadigerer and the Bostoner Rebbe to personally go to Rav Shteinman. I would suggest that they join forces with the Rabbanim of Yesha like Rav Kamenetsky of Gush Katif, the Rabbanim of Yishuvim in Hevron (Rabbi Danny Cohen, Rav Levinger, Rav Waldman, etc.) as well as the Rabbanim of the Shomron. She said that we need someone in Eretz Yisroel that will orchestrate this. As you can see from my letter to Hadas I was not afraid to confront the Rabbanim in a very strong way. And they did not reply that I was chutzpadik. I clearly said that Silence is a Chillul Hashem. I implied that the Silence of the Rabbanim has its roots with the Miraglim. While this correspondence was happening the Rabbanim, Rav Eliashiv and Rav Shteinman, initiated a letter to President Bush regarding Jonathan Pollard. I wonder whether they were testing the waters of how a public statement to the President of the US would be received. I spoke to Sara Nachshon personally and she said that the only person that she knows that is trying to reach the Rabbanim is Baruch Merzel. Perhaps he can be approached to find out other names of Rabbanim (Chasidish and LItvish) that have visited Chevron to add to the list of Rabbanim who will personally have the courage to speak out against Bush's Roadmap and for the Torah Roadmap. I believe the disengagement happened because of Arevius. Even though the people of Gush Katif were worthy, until the rest of Am Yisroel is willing to claim Eretz Yisroel as their own, and desire Eretz Yisroel and yearn to keep the Mitvoth that are dependant on the Land, then we as a Nation is Chayav. Every Jew in Chutz Laaretz must share in the yearning. Even if one has not stepped foot into Eretz Yisroel, or going on Aliya is too difficult from a practical or emotional level, every Jew must recognize that Eretz Yisroel is our Biblical Inheritance and that living elsewhere is temporary. The Rambam himself had a house in Egypt even though the Torah says not to go back to Egypt. Rambam held that it's ok to live in Egypt as long as we recognize that it's a temporary dwelling. If Yoveil was now in effect and each Jew knew which Shevet they were from, then it would be crystal clear that Eretz Yisroel is truly our inheritance and that this is the ideal reality and not some extreme ideology. Every Jew would be displaced and return to their true Nachala which is a physical piece of property. This piece of property may fall precisely in that section of Land that the gov't and/or JNF for example is very "generously" giving to the Arabs as a gesture of peace. I was reading Midrash Says on Vayikra. The introduction discusses that the Chofetz Chaim encouraged each and every Jew to learn the Mitzvoth of Karbanos and Tuma and Tahara since if Moshiach were to come today we would be ready for him and be knowledgeable. True we don't have a Beis Hamikdash so we cannot sacrifice Karbanos. However, why can't we keep SHemitta, Leqet, Shikcha and Peah, Maaser Rishon and Maaser Sheini to the best of our abilities given our limitations. This is precisely the work of the Beit Medrash LeTorat Eretz Yisroel in Har Nof, the brainchild of Rav Efrati who is a close confidant and secretary of Rav Eliashiv. Maybe this Beis Medrash are waiting for the people to bang down their doors begging them to speak up for Eretz Yisroel and end the dreadful Silence. Rav Eliashiv shlita is 96 years old amv"sh and according to Hadas has not been feeling well or receiving visitors of any kind within the last few weeks. Hadas said we should go to Rav Shteinman. I personally did not focus on Rav Shteinman because I was told by Rav Karmel of Lev LAchim that Rav Shteinman when asked about the Disengagement from Gush Katif replied "Nisht Inzere Sugia" i.e. that it is not relevant to what we are presently engaged in. I wonder sarcastically if he was referring to the Sugiot in Gemarra that relate to property ownership and Torts. Isn't stealing property from a fellow Jew related to more than one Sugia. How about all the other Mitzvoth D'oraita that were violated as a result of the disengagement. Not to mention the brutality of the police at Amona. Why isn't anyone confronting these Gedoilim on these aspects of Torah. How can the populace at large be duped that this is a matter of politics. My take on what's happening is that the Halacha of UTJ and SHas has truly been based on politics rather than on Torah. I suggested to Manhigut Yehudit to take up this challenge of addressing the Rabbanim and they too choose to address the secular Jew and unite with them as opposed to publicly address those that stand for Torah Values. It won't be too long for the children to recognize that the Torah that the Emperor is wearing is bare. Stating the truth is very scary. Yet standing up for Torah is much scarier.It is true that it the room for movement of our free will is pretty limited. A lot of us tried very hard a year and a half ago to stop the expulsion. It seems to have been decreed from above.When Yesurim happen one is obligated to be PishPesh Bemaasav and see why these Yesuriim Happened. Even Iyov, the perfect Tzadik that accepted his Yisurim with love, apparently was Silent before Pharaoh.To the extent that we can fathom an incomplete process with our limited perception, it seems to me as though the secular leadership of the country is being forced to have its nose rubbed in the filth it has created.This is no comfort to me. The religious Zionist camp, of which I am, since Gush Katif, a former member, ultimately gave more value to national unity with the secular public than to Torah values. This is changing. Growth is painful. The hareidi politicians also spent more time in one-upmanship against the RZ camp than they did in supporting Torah values. This put the rabbanim in a difficult position. The expulsion also caused the country to see the failure of the sudden withdrawal from Lebanon under Barak. It also precipitated the internal Arab fighting in Gaza. Truth sprouts from the earth, but first it has to be buried in the ground and rot. That is hard.The entire secular regime will have to be changed including not only the government but the courts, media, economic oligarchy, everything. As we come closer to being a majority, the opposition by the Sitra Achra will be greater. It is even possible that the secular leadership will call in foreign troops in support of the preservation of the Jewish Democratic People's Republic of Israel. The gemara in Sanhedrin does say that the Malchut (non-Jewish nations) will rule over EY for 9 months before Mashiach comes.I personally don't learn Gemorrah and I'm unfamiliar with this. But I believe that Hashem does not want us to suffer. Hashem just wants us to do Teshuva. What is decreed may happen but if we do Teshuva it will be w/o suffering and hardships. Our Emunah will pull us through. But we must be deserving.The other possibility is that in the face of a nuclear holocaust those people without emuna will run away and the maaminim will take control. But they will take the money with them. Things will be difficult one way or another, but in the end Hashem's will will be done.Pesach Kasher v'Sameach.Yehoshua Friedman
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 13:30:01 -0500
Subject: Arutz Sheva News Report
I read your message regarding the "Interfaith Sages Council" in Jerusalem.
Interfaith dialogue as a theological enterprise has been opposed by all
major poskim who related to the question. Rav Soloveitchik allowed
interfaith cooperation for the general welfare but opposed public dialogue.
Rav Moshe Feinstein opposed both. Naturally most rabbis, even very hareidi
ones, support political activism without any specific connection to
relgious figures of other faiths. Root & Branch mostly follows the position
of Rav Soloveitchik, but we reserve the right to reconsider details of our
position. See R. Soloveitchik's article "Confrontation" from Tradition in
1965. It thus depends what the content of such a body is as to whether we
will support it. We look forward to your further comments.
>Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 09:53:44 +0200
>From: Asher Eder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Arutz Sheva News Report
>Cc: "Root & Branch Association, Ltd." <email@example.com>
>Dear Mr. Ticker,
>Thanks for the below.
>So far, I did not get any announcement - not to speak of invitation - from
>About a week or 10 days ago, I sent to the Mayor a letter together with
>the article on "Ask for Jerusalem-Peace", and suggested printing it, and
>handing a copy to each visitor of Jerusalem on occasion of "40 years of
>the City's unification". So far, I did not get any answer (perhaps it is
>still on the way; or in the making?).
>Attached herewith that short article
>Dr. Asher Eder
>Jewish Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
>Root&Branch Assoc. Ltd, Yerushalayim/Israel
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Robin Ticker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 6:36 AM
>Subject: Arutz Sheva News Report
>>This news item from Arutz Sheva has been sent to you by: Robin Ticker
>>Message: I hope you and Root and Branch are involved in this.
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>>INTERFAITH SAGES COUNCIL ESTABLISHED FOR JERUSALEM
>>Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski declared that a local Sages Council will
>>soon be established, comprised of religious and secular leaders
>>representing the three predominant monotheistic faiths.
>>Making the announcement during a municipality reception this week marking
>>the new year of 2007, Mayor Lupolianski explained that the council's role
>>will be to improve and enhance the lives of the people of Jerusalem, to
>>create dialogue and understanding between Jews, Muslims and Christians,
>>and to overcome boundaries for all those living in the city.
>>"The council will ignore the so-called 'large, international politics,'
>>which often works in the name of anonymous interests, with no regard for
>>the people living in Jerusalem," Lupolianski said. "The council will set
>>an example for peaceful co-existence and will enable us all to overcome
>>difficulties, solve disputes, get to know each other better and share the
>>vast knowledge we've all accumulated, all for one common goal - the
>>[welfare of the] city of Jerusalem and its residents."
>>Sages Councils such as that announced by the mayor were common in several
>>cities long ago. Their role was to consolidate ideas for the improvement
>>of their respective cities.
>>Mayor Lupolianski came up with the idea to create such a council in
>>Jerusalem following meetings he held with Jewish, Christian and Muslim
>>religious leaders from various denominations. One of the topics raised in
>>those meetings was the lack of direct dialogue between the various
>>communities populating the city, which is one of the most diverse in the
>>world. Sometimes, people who live just a few feet from one another
>>needed a mediator in order to communicate, municipality spokesman Gideon
>>Schmerling said. This lack of dialogue is one of the reasons Schmerling
>>noted for tensions flaring occasionally between the various religious and
>>ethnic denominations, with Mayor Lupolianski often called in to mediate.
>>In light of this reality, Lupolianski believes that regular meetings of
>>the council, several times a year, will promote inter-cultural dialogue
>>and improve the quality of life for all the people of Jerusalem.
Published on: 6/1/2004 Last Visited: 6/1/2004
by Robin Ticker