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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 5, 5770, 10/23/2009

      Give Obama the Pink-Slip

      by Tamar Yonah

      One of the things we learn as children is never to play with fire.  It's cunning and it always wants to grow and grow.  Take a look at these two videos.  One is just so darned funny because it relates so closely with the truth.  The second video is NOT funny, and the American people better do something quickly in protecting their constitution, before the USA is absorbed into and finds itself under a de facto centralized world government.

      Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?  The World is not bound under the U.S. Constitution, so it couldn't care less about it.

      Give Obama the pink-slip.  He's done enough damage in the White House.  Bring in Alan Keyes, bring in Bill Cosby for goodness sake, just give the pink-slip to this guy who is playing with fire.  He shouldn't feel too bad either, as after all, he gets to go home taking with him a Nobel Prize and the big bucks that accompanied it!  I'd say those were good parting gifts!


      Cheshvan 2, 5770, 10/20/2009

      Be Smart, Make It Fun!

      by Tamar Yonah

      I am close to 50, and every day is still a struggle to do all the things I need to do, or should do.  Same with my kids,,,  'Do your homework, clean your room, wash out your dish after you take something to eat in the kitchen", (sigh) it's the same old same old, and of course, the beds still go unmade, I get notes from the teacher, and I end up having a sink full of dishes.  It reflects more on me than on them. I'm no Mary Poppins, more like Mary Pooped-out. So why can't we be smart and find the 'element of fun' to motivate our kids and ourselves to make the best choices each day? 

      I got this video in my email this morning and just LOVED it, and I thought I would share it with you as well.

      ...Now, if we could only make getting up for Shul on Shabbos this much fun.
      (Translation: Now, if we could only make getting up for Synagogue on Shabbat (the Sabbath) this much fun.)

      ...By the way, here's another - 'Be Smart, Make It Fun' video.

      Tishrei 25, 5770, 10/13/2009

      American Idol Star Lights Shabbos Candles

      by Tamar Yonah

      I knew that Paula Abdul was Jewish, but that she lights Shabbos Candles?

      So, not one just to complain and talk about negative things happening, I thought that I would write something more positive now.  So I was sent a link to watch a youtube video, and on the right hand side bar I saw this video below talking about Paula Abdul and her being a good Jewish girl, so curiously, I clicked.  Watch at 18 seconds in where she admits that she lights Shabbat Candles.


      So, some nice news above, - and no, let's not have any sarcastic - she's not dressed modestly or she does this or doesn't do that.  We are all on our own spiritual journey, so please, no 'holier than thou' talk backs. 

      And to follow up on this nice little news item, there IS a re-kindling of Judaism in Jews who have strayed away to the secular world.  My 18 year old son who is in a pre-army program at the moment, went with his Yeshiva - at the request of a secular kibbutz, to hold Yom Kippur services in their club house (they were so anti-religious, they didn't even have a synagogue on the kibbutz).  -Well, after that Yom Kippur, the kibbutznik who arranged to have the Yeshiva boys come to lead the services for them, said that their club house has NEVER been so full.  There was not enough room, not enough chairs, not enough prayer books for all the kibbutznikim who came for the Yom Kippur services.  In addition, see this article on how kibbutzim (and now also neighborhoods in Tel Aviv [known as the 'secular city']) are requesting synagogues and mikvahot (spiritual 'modest' bath houses) to be built for them.

      "The Israeli secular community does not really know what to make of the new trend, but Baruch Hashem, many kibbutzim and other secular communities around Israel are requesting a shul and mikve, the very same communities that have lived for decades without the holy structures.

      Many of the secular kibbutzim have been ideologically opposed to the construction of the buildings, working with tenacity to remove any trace of Yiddishkeit from their communities.

      This year, dozens of shuls and mikvas have been constructed in secular communities and it appears the trend is gaining momentum. 50% of requests given to the Ministry of Religious Services have come from secular kibbutzim and moshavim."
       To read more, click HERE.

      In addition, more and more people today are looking for spirituality in a bankrupt world that offers no ideology except for self gratification and easy money.  But things are looking up. When American Idol star Paula Abdul lights Shabbat candles, prays, and goes to a Chabad shul, and even Madonna with her lewd past, is looking for spirituality, albeit in a misguided way, maybe, just maybe, we are closer to redemption than we thought. 

      Tishrei 23, 5770, 10/11/2009

      Can't Keep A Straight Face

      by Tamar Yonah

      So I was watching the news, and saw how when the Nobel Committee spokesperson announced that U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, the people in the room couldn't believe it.  They all at the same time made gasping "Uhhh??" sounds.  In fact, I was waiting for someone to either yell out from the crowd, "You lie.", or maybe see someone throw a shoe at him.  I guess the Norwegians are too polite for that.

      What really got me, was the un-named man in back and to the right of the screen.  Watch how he himself can't even keep a straight face when Obama's name is mentioned when first announced (18 - 23 seconds in), and then again, even more so, when announced again in English (36 seconds in).  I couldn't stop from cracking up watching him not being able to keep a straight face.


      Tishrei 16, 5770, 10/4/2009

      Kidnapped Soldier Alive, Now What?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Skeletal thin and almost barely audible, Gilad Shalit appeared before a Hamas terrorist's video camera and told all of us that his terrorist captors were treating him 'excellently'.  Yah, right.  (Please read news story that Arab teens would rather sit in Israeli jails than live with their own people.)  Gilad also states in the video that his biggest dream is to be freed.  I have to admit that I personally thought that Gilad was probably dead.  No sign of life for three years except for some claimed letter that he wrote.  No visits allowed by the Red Cross or UN and not even a telephone call - since he was kidnapped over three years ago.  But now we know.  And now we must act.

      Here is the video tape of Gilad Shalit with a translation I copied and pasted for you here (with minor additions). 


      “Hello, this is Gilad, son of Noam and Aviva Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My ID number is 397029.  Today is Monday, the 14th of the 9th month (September) 2009.

      “As you can see I am holding in my hands, today’s Falasteen (Palestine) newspaper of today, Sept. 14, 2009 published in Gaza.  (The camera zooms in to show paper's date.)

      “I read the newspaper with the goal to find information about myself, and in hopes of reading about information of my release and my return home soon.

      “I hope the current government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t waste this opportunity to reach an agreement and as a result, allow me to finally fulfill my dream and be freed.

      “I wish to send my well-wishes to my family and tell them that I love them and miss them greatly, and hope for the day I’ll see them again. Dad, Yoel, and Hadas, do you remember the day you arrived at my base in the Golan Heights, on  the date of December 31, 2005? We toured around the base and you took a picture of me on a Merkava tank and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. Later we went to a restaurant in one of the Druze villages and on the way we took pictures on the side of the road, against the backdrop of the snowy Hermon Mountain.

      “I want to tell you that I feel well in medical terms, and that the Mujahidin from the al-Qassam Brigades are treating me excellently. Thank you very much and goodbye.”   (Gilad gets up and shows the camera the paper he is holding with the date.)


      Well?  He's waiting for us.

      What are we going to do?  Since we are not in the government and don't have any power to launch a rescue, the questions is what CAN we do?  One thing all of us CAN do is to pray for Gilad and do a  mitzvah (good deed) in his honor.  Perhaps this will tip the scales in his favor and show G-d that his nation cares and feels Gilad's and his family's pain, and that Gilad Shalit is not just the son of Noam and Aviva, but all of our's son.  It may not help on the earthly plane, but in the spiritual realm, it can move mountains.  Prayer is our most powerful weapon.  Let's use it, and let's additionally pray that our leadership stands strong and bold, and indeed launches a rescue mission, attack, or something, to bring our boy home.  We need to make the Hamas and their supporters suffer so much, that they will BEG US to take Shalit back, if we just stop (whatever it is we are doing to them that is making their lives unbearable - like they have been doing to Gilad, and the rest of the Israeli families, victims, that they have left in the wake of their terror). 

      So, what part will you personally take in doing something positive for our son, Gilad?