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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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      Tammuz 7, 5769, 6/29/2009

      Arab Jews

      by Tamar Yonah

      Some are calling them Jewish Palestinians. The fact is, that there are Arabs today who are living in Israel and the Palestinian Authority who are outwardly Moslem, but claim they are really Jewish.  Please watch this video before reading on.

      Note: Not sure where this video originates, however I belive it was made by Israel's Channel One.

      "Up to 85 percent of the Arabs living between Jordan and the sea are
      Jews in one way or another, and at least the half of them know it." says Tsvi Misinai, a Researcher & Hi-Tech entrepreneur who is working on a unique project to - in his words- try to bring peace to Israel.  

      "In 1012, about a thousand years ago, there was a decree here [in the Land of Israel] by the Fatimid Khalif, called El-Hakim.  And the decree stated that whoever is not converting to Islam has to leave the country.  At that time, the majority of the Christians left, and the population that remained here was mainly the people of Israel [Jews], that had to convert to Islam externally, but at home, they had been like Marranos (anusim)  [the Jews from Spain who were forced to convert to Christianity) they continued with [their] Judaism."  .  Misinai shared this information that few people know about, on Israel National Radio's Weekend Edition. 

      Misinai, and the team he works with, including Arabs themselves, are on a mission trying to bring peace to Israel through a one-state/nation solution.  Educating Arabs that they most likely stemmed from Jews and then integrating them into society as Jews (after proper conversion) will join these lost sheep back to their true heritage.   It is in this way that Misinai believes the fighting can stop and peace can begin. 

      This unique and questionable project to bring peace between the Arabs and the Jews is called, "The Engagement": The Roots and Solution to the Problem in the Holy Land.

      Misinai works visiting Arabs in several villages in Israel.  He has witnessed many Jewish customs imbedded in these (today) Muslim Arab families.  Jewish customs such as the way they bake bread and taking [hafrashat challah] a separation of dough,  and signs of a mezzuzah on their door posts [that he says were removed because of Islamic hostility], Jewish slaughtering rituals, eating matzah on Passover, and tearing their shirts and mourning for 7 days after the death of a family member, are found practiced in certain Arab villages.  "What we are finding is only in the minority of the population, about 200,000 people." Misinai stated in the interview.   "Most of them today are secular, and they just know their story from grandfather to grandchild, which is given when the old person is close to his death, and is telling the truth, because this is the last time that he can."  -he described, similar to how the Jews from Spain would reveal their Jewish roots to their children when on their death bed.

      Misinai describes himself as a secular Israeli but when delving deeper, he admits to a deep belief in G-d and even attempts at keeping many mitzvoth or commandments. 

      Tsvi Misinai explains that at least half of the Arabs in Israel know somewhat of their Jewish roots. "Since many Arab clans marry only within themselves, their own villages, some admit in interviews that they consider themselves part of the Jewish nation. They even take pride in the fact that they are part of the Israelite nation since they have not married 'out' throughout the ages.  After we inform them that they are Jews de facto, we will be successful in bringing them back to the Jewish nation. They will take courses in Hebrew, Judaism, Torah and learn about their history, and how they were coerced to accept Islam.  It is in this way that these Arabs in Israel can be prepared for conversion. They will eventually take an oath that they are not Arabs, but rather, Jews or Israelis, for not all of them are from the tribe of Judah, and within 40 years, we will return the majority of them to Jewish awareness.  Whoever is not Muslim will be recognized as a kosher Jew, as they are already Jews."

      Misinai continues that just as they are religious or secular today, they will accept Judaism instead of Islam.  "If I, as a secular individual am considered a kosher Jew, there is no reason to force them to be religious, for they are Jews just as I am. We were one people and we will return to being one people."

      To hear my interview with him I did back in November, click HERE.

      Tammuz 3, 5769, 6/25/2009

      I Protest! Do You?

      by Tamar Yonah

      I protest the Gay Pride Parade taking place in Jerusalem today.  I just want to make that clear to all.  Today, my brothers and sisters who practice what the Torah says is an 'abominable' act, are going to march down the streets of Jerusalem, G-d's Holy City, the holiest city in the world, essentially laughing at G-d and telling Him they are going to re-define what is moral and right.  Lest someone think that these LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer -[their use of words, not mine]) marchers have no where to go, only several days ago, they executed a Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv.  Now there is to be a march in Holy Jerusalem today. 

      Over a thousand police are expected to be placed on the streets (and just as an aside the Jerusalemites who are mostly dead set against this, will have to pay for this).  The Jerusalem Open House (a type of homosexual center) has their website stating the reason they exist is ….  "The Jerusalem Open House (JOH) is a grassroots, activist organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, and allies.

      Since 1997, we have worked to make our city a place where all people are free to seek self-fulfillment. Our greatest challenge is a tradition of conformist heterosexism that continues to be enforced by almost all social institutions in Israel, including the family, the school, the state, and the religious establishment. This challenge is especially formidable in Jerusalem, a city of traditional values and deeply rooted religious commitments."

      What one can make of this is that they are waging war against the values that not only Jews, but also Christians and Moslems hold as the foundation for keeping the family, society, and mankind in an ethical and enlightened state of existence.   G-d would not have commanded Man to abstain from something that he made them not able to abstain from.  To my knowledge, with all the money that has been funded for scientists to try to find a gene proving that people are 'born this way' , no solid proof of a homosexual gene has ever been found.  People may have 'tendencies' to not want to be monogamous, or want to be promiscuous, or even want to be with family members or little children.  To seek 'self-fulfillment' in this way is not the way G-d wants Mankind to act.  We are on a higher level than animals and other creatures and need to behave in a moral manner.  

      I have covered the last 4 parades in Israel.  I don't ever recall seeing any signs carried in them that cry for lack of equal rights.   No signs complaining of unequal pay, etc.   It has always been a message of free sex, no borders (whatever THAT means, and I am scared to even think about what 'no borders' in sex means). 

      There is a lot more one can say on this issue, but for brevity's sake, I will simply ask you all, that since we did not organize far in advance to prevent this parade, like the LGBTQ's did do in planning it, and now there is little if anything we can do about the parade, we CAN do what we CAN do.  We CAN at least try to add more holiness to this world as they march with their message of breaking 'conformist heterosexism' and defying the Torah.

      Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel writes in an article about the Torah's view of sexual abberations:

      The Torah clearly states its views about the act of homosexuality. The act of homosexuality i.e. two men having sexual relations, is prohibited.

      SOURCE #1

      The act is twice called a Toaiva-an abomination“ and it is such a severe sin, that it merits the death penalty in a Jewish court system

      SOURCE #2

      If not for the fact that homosexuality is prevalent in Western Society today, there would be little controversy about this Torah sin. It is clearly forbidden and never condoned anywhere in the Torah.

       The very context of the prohibition SOURCE1 shows the Torah view. It is couched between the prohibitions of child sacrifice (to an idol) and bestiality (sexual relations with an animal). In most countries today, these two acts are considered abhorrent and contrary to modern values. It is only because homosexuality is relatively widespread and condoned by many people that it seems that the Torah is —out of step“with the real world." 

      There are millions and millions of people living today who believe in the Bible and do NOT agree with hosting and enabling Gay Pride parades or any sexually promiscuous parades for that matter.  What people do in the privacy of their own bedroom is between them, their partner and G-d.  However, bringing it to the public streets where our children are exposed to this promiscuity now forces us and MAKES IT OUR BUSINESS.  Therefore we are obligated to act. 
      It's interesting that today marks the third anniversary of IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit being held as prisoner by the Hamas terror organization in the Palestinian Authority, Gaza. If these people really cared about human rights, they'd be carrying signs for his immediate release, not their own sexual fulfillment.

      It's interesting that today marks the third anniversary of IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit being held as prisoner by the Hamas terror organization in the Palestinian Authority, Gaza.  If these people really cared about human rights, they'd be carrying signs for his immediate release, not their own sexual fulfillment. 

      So, what now? What CAN we do?  One can go and protest.  And one can try to even out the scales. While they are parading their promiscuous lifestyles down the streets this late afternoon, we can be saying Tehilim (Psalms).  We can be begging G-d for mercy, pray deeply from our hearts and do tshuva (repent), and then go out and do an extra good deed to back up our prayers and implement them into action. 

      What good deed will that be?  Perhaps to do a favor for someone, call an older person and make them less lonely, give charity to a worthy organization or a poor person, tell someone in your family or a co-worker how much you appreciate them, … I am sure you can think of other and perhaps even better things you can do to make this 'negative' situation into a 'positive'.  

      Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel adds in his article :  Hillel the Elder said —Be like the student of Aaron, who loved peace, loved all people and brought them closer to Torah.“ That is to say that this is our task for those people who are distant from God‘s Torah.  For there is a Mitzvah to hate them, those who sin but also a Mitzvah to love them, and both (emotions) are correct. Hatred for the evil that is within them, and love for the good what is buried within them, that is the spark of God.

      I am asking you all to write a talk back, please, include a good deed that you will COMMIT to do to counter off the 'tumah' (spiritual impurity) that will be spilled onto the streets of Jerusalem today. I protest!  Do you?

      Tammuz 3, 5769, 6/25/2009

      TnT Dynamite!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Sivan 24, 5769, 6/16/2009

      Obama's Outpost: IT'S BA-AAACK!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Yup! Those pesky (wink) settler youth had the chutzpah  - the audacity, to rebuild the Obama outpost after it was destroyed in a middle of the night raid a few days ago by security forces.  Whether you agree with these kids or not, you have to admire their tenacity.  I went to photograph it today on my way to Jerusalem.  This 'outpost' is located only about 6 miles north of Jerusalem.


      Yup, the outpost was destroyed, (see previous 6/14/2009 blog's photo) but they built it right back up again.

      (Below) Inside the shack where the settler youth hang out to make their 'presence'.

      This my good readers, ....this silly little shack, ....is enraging the world.  This little shack and others like it (see video below in 2 blogs before this one) is the reason the Arabs justify blowing up Jews in cafes and buses.  This shack is the reason they scream there is no peace in the Middle East, and therefore the world. This shack and others like it, is making a STORM in the White House.  I use the word 'storm' because, a reader emailed me a question about the translation of Rahm Emanuel's name.  I confirmed to him that yes, 'Rahm', if pronounced 'Ra-am' in Hebrew, means 'Thunder'.  And President Obama's first name, 'Barack', means 'Lightning'.  So, one can cleverly joke that we have 'Thunder' and 'Lightning' in the White House.  A real 'STORM' a-brewing, eh? 

      As an interesting aside...Tom Kovach, who is a representative of the AIP (America's Independent Party) and who was on my show, wrote an article stating the meaning of  Barack Hussein's  last name.  --He writes that the name 'Obama' in his Kenyan father's native language of Luo, means 'crooked'.  See his article here.   

      It will be interesting to see when or if the government will feel the need (or pressure) to once again destory this 'outpost', and if they do, how long it will take those 'pesky' kids to rebuild it right back up again.  Chutzpah!  (wink).

      Sivan 22, 5769, 6/14/2009

      UPDATE: Obama's Outpost DESTROYED!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Well, it was here today, and gone tomorrow.  The Obama Outpost I took pictures of to show you in the previous blog, is now no more.  Here's what it looks like now:


      Security forces came in the middle of the night and destroyed the outpost, and arrested two kids (since they were 18 or a bit older, they are considered 'adults') and a youth. 

      The grape vine is saying that the kids will be back to re-build it. 

      More info to come when I get it.