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      Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.

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      Cheshvan 26, 5771, 11/3/2010

      The 2 Year Old Terror(ist)

      by Tamar Yonah

      The Two Year Old Terror (ist)

      Ha ha, sorry for my snicker, but watch this video.  It is fun to watch for a couple of different reasons...

      1)  This 2 year old is pretty impressive that he can identify all the capitals of the middle east, and even some in Africa and in the West.
            (And it will be fun to test yourself at the same time and see if you can win the kid in naming capital cities.  I bet you never even heard of some of these Arabic/Muslim countries.)

      2)  This Arab father tries to show off his kid's knowledge ...and his training for hating Israel (you will see this in the video where he says what the capital of Palestine is (at 2:40 in) and at the end where he says what the capital of Israel is - surprise!!!.  Yet, at the same time that he wants to erase Israel as a country for the Jews, he also shows the rediculousness of legitimizing the need for yet another Arab Muslim state.  This we can see as his father has him recite the captials of over 20 Arab/Muslim countries.  
      United Arab Emirates (UAE)
      Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)
      Palestine  (Jeurslaem in Arabic is 'Al Quds')
      Saudi (Arabia)
      ...and Israel?
      Do the Arabs, and the world, really need another terror state?

      Bravo, Mr. Lebanese Jew-hating father... you have just proved that the Arabs who migrated to Israel [for jobs] have more than enough Arab & Muslim countries to return to.  
      Israel is the home of the Jewish People.  Jerusalem is a Jewish city, where OUR kings ruled.  You have never had one 'Palestinian' ruler here, not one king, not one president, not one prime minister.  There is no Palestine.  Or maybe we should state that in Arabic so your two year old can understand:  "Ma fish Falastin"  (there is no Palestine). 

      Surprisingly (or not) the Quran does not mention Jerusalem ONCE. Not even once!  
      Add to that the fact that the Muslims on the Temple Mount turn their backs to, and stick their tushies towards, their so called 'holy mosque' and face Mecca instead. 

      Even your own Quran states that the Holy Land belongs to the Jewish People: 
      Quran 5:21  God Gives the Holy Land to Israel

      "O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers."

      I think this video is something that even a 2 year old terror (ist)? that you are raising, could understand.  Israel belongs to the Jews.  The Arabs here are usurpers, and if they don't want to live here in peace - they can go to several capitals in the world where their brothers speak their language and worship their same god. 
      'Ma fish Falastin' , There is no Palestine. 

       ... And by the way, southern Lebanon is Israel.  Lebanon only became an independent nation in 1943.  Lebanon's southern lands were given by the Creator to the tribes of Asher and Naftali.     ....We want them back.

      Cheshvan 23, 5771, 10/31/2010

      The End of His Career, or The Beginning?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Watch the video.  The Arabs accompanied by, or possibly instigated by left wing organizations come to make trouble with Jewish re-Settlers.  I write 're' settlers, because the Jewish People are 're' settling our land that we were thrown out of. I may add that even at the time of expulsion there remained a remnant of the Jewish people in Israel and there has always been a Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. Our kings ruled here, and there has never been an official Palestinian state here.  No Palestinian Kings, or Presidents or Prime Ministers ever ruled here.  The Jewish People were the only people who had a functioning and legal country here, and dare one say, long before Islam ever came to be created.

      The accompanying text to this video was as follows:

      "On 15 December 2009, settlers prevented Palestinian farmers from planting olive trees on the farmers land in Deir Nidham, north of Ramallah. Soldiers at the scene did nothing to prevent the harm to the Palestinians. Instead, they closed the area to all civilians, Palestinians and settlers."

      What 'harm' was done to the Arabs?  Do you think that Israelis would plan to 'davka' make trouble with the Arabs precisely when the Lefty organizations are there waiting?  Or perhaps, it was the other way around, that the left wing organizations went to instigate a planned confrontation with Israeli settlers?  Notice in the dialogue that the officer reminds the Arabs how just the other day they attacked Jews with molotov cocktails.

      I wonder if the Lefty organizations demanded this IDF officer's discharge?  Or will this young man have a future now in Politics like the newly famous brave young man named Daniel Pereg, the 16 year old boy from Los Angeles that faced off, alone, with an angry Arab crowd demonstrating in the streets and yelling "Free Palestine"?  

      There is a new generation of proud and brave Jews coming into the fray.

      What do you think of this young IDF officer?


      Cheshvan 11, 5771, 10/19/2010

      King Solomon vs. Christopher Columbus

      by Tamar Yonah

      Did King Solomon Discover America Way Before Columbus?
      Could it be that Jews were in the 'New World' long before the European settlers?  
      Historians and Biblical scholars say that Jews were indeed in the 'Americas' in Biblical times. 
      Biblical scripture records that King Solomon had a sophisticated navy which voyaged the world in exploration, looking for iron, gold and other materials to build Jerusalem and the Holy Temple.
      1Kings 9:26-28  "And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon."  

      These naval fleets of King Solomon embarked on voyages that sometimes took 3 years before they returned to Israel, bringing back riches and exotic plants and wildlife. 
      Naval fleets of King Solomon embarked on voyages that sometimes took 3 years before they returned to Israel.

      1 Kings: 10:22 "For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram; once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks."
      Many ports, settlements and colonies were established in places all over the Mediterranean, North Africa, as well as Europe  -and the Americas!  Ancient Hebrew inscriptions of the Ten Commandments on the Los Lunas rock, and coins from ancient Israel that were found in the Ohio river basin lead some experts to believe that the first settlers to America were not the Pilgrims, but the Jews and Phoenicians.  The Ohio river was used as a trade line within the continent, which could explain the coins from the time of Bar Kochba, found there.

      Knowing this well traveled route to the 'new world', did some of the 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom escape on ships to these distant lands to escape the Assyrian onslaught and subsequent exile? Did other Jews fleeing the Roman Empire escape to the New World as well?  Are ancient Jewish people the ancestors of some native American tribes like the Cherokee?

      "The story has been kept alive among our Cherokee people that the Sicarii who escaped from Masada, are some of our ancestors who managed to cross the water to this land, and later became known as Cherokees."
      There are many similarities to Judaism in some Native American tribes, specifically the Cherokee nation.  The Cherokees were monotheistic, believing in one G-d, as opposed to other Indian tribes who believed in several gods/spirits. Some of the words in the Cherokee's language are similar to Hebrew words of the same meaning, and the name of their G-d was similar to the Hebrew name of G-d.  The Cherokee Indians also celebrated their holidays akin to some Jewish holidays.  They also had one day a week of rest from work, and observed fasts.  They reportedly practiced circumcision, had a city of refuge for man-slayers, and they didn't eat the meat of the hollow of the thigh of an animal.  In addition, their appearance also hints of a possible Jewish ancestry; their 2 braids at the side of their head resembling long sidelocks (payot), the fringes on their clothes resembling TzitTzit (the 'ritual fringes' a Jewish man wears on his 4 cornered garment), and some Cherokees clearly had semitic facial features.
      Hebrew inscriptions on Los Lunas rock, the Bat Creek stone, ancient Jewish coins found in Ohio along the river basin, the Cherokee Indians, ....all point to some type of Jewish presence and influence, and that needs to be researched  more.
      Listen to this re-broadcast from 2007, as I interview author and historian, Steve Collins. Hear about the fascinating historical facts that few know, and explore the possibility that Jews arrived and settled in the New World, long before Columbus discovered America.

      Cheshvan 6, 5771, 10/14/2010

      GTA: Arab Style

      by Tamar Yonah

      While this isn't grand theft auto, it is 'Grand Theft Arabs'...
      If these Arab criminal youth aren't stealing cars, they're stoning them. Where are their parents?
      (More stoning of Arabs on Israeli cars here.)
      Notice the twisted (ouch!) leg on the youth by the headlight, and I think the kid upside down above the hood should do his break-dancing somewhere else.
      (I don't know who to credit for the picture, if anyone knows, please email me so I can credit him/her.)

      Comments are open to answer my question above:  Where are their parents?  I will start, you can finish....
      a) Their parents were at a Hamas meeting.
      b) Their parents were strapping a bomb vest onto their younger brother.
      c) Their parents were pulling out olive trees at a nearby Jewish settlment and blaming it on the Jews. 
      d) Their parents were setting a forest fire somewhere in Israel.
      e) All of the above
      f)  _____________   (Your turn, let's see some creativity here! Post your answers below.)


      Tishrei 8, 5771, 9/16/2010

      Boo Hoo, I Fell

      by Tamar Yonah

      When I was a young girl, I was kind of like a tom-boy.  I was rough and tough.  Played outside from morning till night, (except for watching Dark Shadows at 3pm). In the mid 70’s, I took auto mechanics and weight lifting as my P.E. class – this at the time before women did those kind of things.  There was me and one other ‘butch’ type girl in a class of about 25 smelly sweaty guys <grin>.  I earned their respect when I was able to squat 220 pounds – enough to join the men’s weight-lifting team of the high school,  and I benched 110 lbs which was pretty good for a girl back then.  Point is…. I moved forward, but had many skinned and scabby knees  throughout my years growing up.   If I had let the pain of my falls and scrapes and bumps stop me from moving forward, I would have stayed ‘safe’, but become a wimpy person with less character and unfilled potential, because I wouldn’t have pushed my boundaries further nor set higher and higher goals for myself.  I wanted to be tough, strong, and independent.  And that meant expecting falls along the way, but learning how to get up and move on.


      My mother has always wondered at doting moms, who, when taking their kids to the play ground, would stand over them like a hawk guarding them from possibly getting hurt.  They would say, “Honey, don’t climb up that slide’s ladder, you might get hurt. “  Or, “Don’t climb the monkey bars too high, you might fall and then get hurt.”  My mother taught me that one shouldn’t always try to limit someone because they MIGHT fall, but instead, to teach them what to do IF they fall.  And that is, to teach them how to (try to) fall the correct way, and how to brush themselves off and get back up again. 

      There’s an old story told about Thomas Edison, the man who received credit for inventing the light bulb. The story goes that he was known to have failed about a 1000 times before succeeding in creating a well working bulb.   And when asked about all his failures, he supposedly stated, “I haven’t failed a thousand times, I just successfully discovered a thousand ways how not to make it."


      The Torah teaches us in story after story, how our great forefathers fell, and then got up and continued on.  This is one of the wonderful things about the Torah, never hiding the truth.  Our forefathers were human beings, designed to sometimes fall.  But what made them great, was their ability to correct their mistakes and forge forward.  All of Mankind has this ability.  It is programmed into us. 

      As we develop, we sometimes skin our knees in this world.  It is not necessarily a punishment, rather a consequence of living life.   And if you are thinking, “I can’t, or it is too late, or, I am too scared, etc”, then just remember, BABY STEPS COUNT! Take it slowly if need be, but MOVE.  Baby steps really DO count!

      What’s one of those favorite sayings that I love?  “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intentions of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “Woo hoo, what a ride!”.  Please watch this very inspiring video that we all need to see and internalize to make our lives so much better.  It can remove the excess guilt that sometimes paralyzes us, telling us there is no hope, and thus stops us from becoming great and achieving our full potential that G-d gave us.

      May we all be inscribed for a good year.

      Shana tova!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Ouch!  I hurt my finger on the keyboard!) [wink]