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      Sivan 19, 5769, 6/11/2009

      Obama's Outpost

      by Tamar Yonah

      I am an obstacle to peace. At least that is what Barack Obama thinks. I am what he calls, a 'settler'. It is because of me and my family and neighbors that there is no peace in the world. After all, we are sending our kids to school to get educations to better themselves and the world. We are living our daily lives, farming the land and turning the desert to green. What a crime! At the same time, look what the Arabs are doing today. The Arabs who came in as occupiers of our land, hate Jews, lose wars they waged against us, and then blame us for all their ills. They support terrorism, harbor terrorists and run a totally corrupt government both in Gaza and the Samarian region. They burn American flags in the streets and hand out candy to strangers when Americans are killed in terror attacks. And Obama comes to this region and says that the Arabs have suffered under us and that it is intolerable?

      Aren't there more appropriate issues for this U.S. president to focus on? Hmmm, North Korea has the bomb, Iran wants to get it to use against Israel and the West, and Obama, oops, I mean Osama, is threatening another terror attack on America, bigger than the 9-11 attack ...but I, a Jewish re-settler in my own homeland am the obstacle to peace?

      President Obama stated in his 'A New Beginning' speech in Cairo: "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." He also stated his desire to see a carved up Israel in order to make way for a Palestinian Arab Moslem state.

      There are many reactions one can make to this type of anti-Semitic, apartheid agenda of his, but here's one creative way of responding to this evil decree from the Obama administration, and I thought that I would report on it for you...

      Young Jewish 'settlers' are answering Obama's call for the dismantling of Jewish outposts and settlements, by naming new ones after him. So now in what Obama deems a horrible illegal outpost, he has a new building that has popped up like a mushroom named especially after him.

      The logic of this, according to the YESHA youth is that with Obama's efforts to prevent building in our national and Biblical homeland, it gives our people even more motiviation to double their efforts to build. And since this new surge of motivation was due to Obama's evil decree, they want to acknowledge him with naming an outpost after him. By the way, can you imagine the headlines if Israeli security forces came and bulldozed down 'Obama's outpost'.

      And so, I thought, why not help our youth with re-naming other out posts in acknowledgment of the other key players wanting to oust Jews from their land. How about Hillarly Hill? Or Mount Mitchell for George Mitchell? Or maybe even an Oslo Outpost or a 'Road map ranch'?

      Seeing bulldozers sent by the Israeli government by order of the U.S. president to destroy and flatten these places would be a riot to watch on CNN, BBC and other International News channels.

      "And now for the CNN news headlines: Israeli forces have bulldozed down and destroyed Obama's Outpost and Hillarly Hill today. Tomorrow they are set to destroy the Roadmap Ranch and Oslo Outpost. It is reported that hundreds of Israeli youth are gathering to defend the area, and there could be violence from security forces on these settler protestors if they don't abandon the outpost. More details to follow as they come in. And now to sports..."

      Maybe some of you more creative readers can come up with some good ideas for the re-settler youth?



      Sivan 13, 5769, 6/5/2009

      Star Drek: A New Beginning

      by Tamar Yonah

      James T. Kirk:  "Captain's log, star date 20,090:  On the way to an interplanetary conference to meet with the Romulan and Klingon nations.  I am representing the Federation and am due to make a speech entitled  'A New Beginning'.  We, in the Federation, are hoping to seek out new ways  to  solve the ongoing hostilities and attacks by Romulan and Klingon forces.  We are on a trek to find a different approach for cooperation between our species."

      Kirk: "Sulu, warp speed ahead to planet Cairos."

      Sulu:  "Yes, captain."

      Kirk:  "Bones, ever since I was nominated to represent the Federation, I've been feeling strange.  And the closer we get to Cairos, the stranger I feel.  Give me something to keep me functioning until after I give my speech.  It's going to be beamed on all the major space channels and I can't afford any mistakes if I want to ever make admiral.  Oh, and tell Uhura to make sure that a teleprompter is available." 

      McCoy:  "My G-d Jim!  You do look odd.  You're your hair is starting to kink and your skin has turned a shade darker.  My tricorder is indicating electromagnetic light pulses, circling above your head like a halo.  I'm not sure what you have, but I'm going to inject you with this plasmatic stabilizer, and I am going to keep my eye on you!"

      Kirk: "Thanks Bones. I want you, Spock and Chekov to beam down with me to Cairos." 

      Kirk opens his communicator:  "Scotty, four to beam down to Planet Cairos. "

      At the conference:

      The top heads and Elite of the Romulan and Klingon nations are present for Captain Kirk's Federation speech. 

      Klingon King, Mukhbarak Abdallah:  (says in 'Klingon')  "Tak urk mang ik batrokuch juh, Kapton Kirk!"

      translated: “Welcome to the Middle Eastornian Galaxey, Captain Quirk.”

      "DoQh RIch ghaH!" - May the force be with you.”

      Kirk lifts an eyebrow and mutters under his breath, “Wrong movie.”  Then bows low to the King and states: “It is  my honor your Majesty.”

      Bones seeing Kirk bow, becomes incensed.  “My G-d Jim, did I just see you bow to that king kong of a klingon?

      Kirk stammers, “Wha? No.  Uh, I saw a Romulan quarter on the floor and just bent down to pick it up.  Ahem…”  Kirk looked uneasy and then turned his attention to the King. 

      Klingon King Mukhbarak Abdulla, grunts,  "Follow me to the Podium.” 

      Chekov  looks around at the opulence, which was done in gold high-tech, and says to Spock, “I ahm getink a head-ache with all dese gold shining in may eyes .  I need ah drink, but ah can't seem to find my peersonal flask I kip on me.  Dunt dese peepel haf any Saturnian vodka to offer visitors?" 

      Spock:  "That would not be logical.  Klingons do not drink earthly spirits.”

      Chekov:  “Primitive,  Ach!”

      Kirk is escorted to the podium where he madly searches for the teleprompter.  Spotting it, he begins by puffing out his chest as he looks at all the space creatures in the auditorium.  Then, all of a sudden ignoring the teleprompter, he starts a NEW speech.

      Skaalan! I am honored to be here and be hosted by two remarkable species: The Romulans and the Klingons.  I come here in the name of the Federation, in a type of re-conciliation,  A 'New beginning' between the United Planets of the Federation, and our Romulan and Klingon brothers.  This cycle of suspicion and discord between our Peoples must end.  Although Federation ships and planets have been attacked, and even destroyed by Romu/Klingon forces, we must find a way to end these 'misunderstandings'. And I consider it part of my responsibility as representative of the United Planets of the Federation, to fight against negative stereotypes we have against you.  I know that you are really peace loving people.  As the holy Klingon Prophet Morph-amed - peace be upon him - said, 'Crush the humanoid Earthlings until they scream from pain and agony, and bow at the feet of the Klingon, then there will be peace.'

      I understand that what it really means is that one must be pressed like an olive, to get the oil.  This is actually a good thing, and we must not view this and other phrases from the 'Holy Klingran' as acts of aggression, but as acts of goodness to bring out the best in us….."

      Bones who can't believe what he is hearing, says to Spock and Chekov, "My G-d! Something has taken over the captain!  I can't believe he is saying what he is saying, and he actually believes it!"

      Spock:  "Yes, Fascinating.

      Chekov:  "Iyeh need ah drink. Ach!"

      Kirk continues:  I understand that you have issues with our home base Earth.  I think that the Earthlings need to understand that you also have rights on earth, since you once attacked it and occupied it for a period of time. In fact, If you actually took the number of Klingon Earthlings, Earth would  be one of the largest Klingon planets in the world.  The Klingons there are not going anywhere, and so they must have a base there as well.  We humans and other species in the Federation, will make sure that our newest re-built cities and towns on Earth, will be destroyed and handed over to you  -in the name of peace.   Our presence in places you once conquered is intolerable, and we recognize your suffering.  If we just try to understand and respect each other, reject these misconceptions we have of each other, and instead choose to offer opportunities to a better financial future for you so you can experience 'prosperity', I believe we can achieve, two bases, living side by side in peace and security. 

      We will say this in public, not just behind closed doors ….   As the Holy Klingran states, ' those believers who do not believe in everything the Klingran states will be humiliated.'  My friends, my brothers, I am humbled and don't mind being humiliated, because the members of the Federation believe in peace, and will die trying to achieve it.  This is how committed we are.  Peace be upon you, hamdillala urk vocht tak dul-eforganchik."

      With that, Kirk pulls out a flask from his pouch and takes a long swig of vodka.  Chekov seeing this says, "Captahn, I tink dat is my flask of Vudkah!" 

      "Hands off comrade Chekov.  There are other people who grew up without vodka.  I believe in taking what others don't have, from people who do have, and spreading it around a bit."   

      Chekov murmers, "It was better in mother Russia."

      Turning around Kirk offers McCoy a swig and says, "Bones, why can't you cook me up some more of this devil's brew in your lab?"

      Bones:  My G-d Kirk! I'm a  doctor, not a distiller!

      Kirk turns to Spock: "Spock, I'm feeling good.  I feel like I can change the universe.  Yes I can!  I am, Spock, what they call, the new Messiah."

      Spock: "Illogical Captain. My tricorder is indicating that you are still human. Just delusional".

      McCoy: "That's it!  Eureka! The Captain is suffering from the 'Messiah Syndrome'!  We have to get back to the ship where I have some anti-Messianic serum.

      A Klingon crowd gathers around the Federation crew, angry that they are drinking on their planet.  Several Klingons pull out long  jagged knives and inch towards them growling, '"Kill the infidel humanoids!". 

      Kirk pulls out his communicator.  "Scotty, four to beam up.  Now!"

      Scotty:  "Cap'n, the dylithium chrystals  'ave been stoolen by some Klingon thieves and I don have enou'f power to beam yuh all up.  It will take me aht least 3 days to find ah quakular pulsamic neuro-solvin to substitute for a power source."

      Kirk:  "Scotty, you have 30 seconds…"

      Scotty:  I'll see wha' I kin doo Cap'n, but you cut the budget for 'defense and supply enterprises' and all went bank-roopt!"

      Kirk:  "Scotty, beam us up now, or your fired and I'll have my czar take over your department, demote you, and then raise your space taxes."

      Scotty:  "Ye, Cap'n.  I unde'stand!"

      Scotty fuses some wires together in a MacGyver sort of way and then stands erect, closes his eyes and as he drags up the transporter levers, says, "THREE to beam up to the Enterprise…. An'  one delusional Capn' to beam to Planet Earth… THE KLINGON SIDE of it."



      Sivan 9, 5769, 6/1/2009

      Burn Out

      by Tamar Yonah

      Many of you have been wondering why I have not posted in the last 3 weeks.  I have 'burn out'.  I haven't taken a real vacation in years, and well, I am just kaput. It's day in, day out, and I need to re-charge my batteries.  I know this, because the world is spiraling to disaster, and frankly, I just don't really care at the moment.  Yawn.  For those of you who do care, and I hope I will care soon when I get my wits about me again, here is a post I received from a rabbi who works with Binyamin Golden, an autistic young man whom many believe can communicate through FC (facilitated communication). I am posting the message below here, you can agree or disagree.  Heck, I agree, and disagree.  In any case, I will be interviewing Rabbi Sachs who is helping to disseminate Golden's 'peak into the other world', on my show this Sunday.  Enjoy, or put your head between your legs and kiss your tuchus goodbye.  For me, unless I get some quiet forest or beach time for myself to re-charge, well, I hardly care at all.  So I will be toast soon.  So what.  I'm tired.



      “THE SINNERS OF MY PEOPLE WILL DIE BY THE SWORD”

      A MESSAGE FROM BINAYMIN GOLDEN, AN AUTISTIC MAN    

      Binyamin:
      I want to speak to my beloved nation, Am Yisrael. Everyone can see the growing dangers, especially in regard to Jews people, although the whole world is now in danger. Nature is in a bad state and the climate has had drastic changes recently. There have also been large-scale natural disasters, frightening events such as the melting ice in the North and South poles and a large part of the world is in danger of terrible drought. The world is heading for a Third World War, which precedes the final war of the world – Gog Umagog [See Yechezkel 38]. In that war two-thirds of the world will disappear , may Hashem have mercy. This is why the whole world is now feeling fear, both goyim and Jews alike. Everyone is beginning to finally see the truth. The financial situation, which is worsening with time, is also putting everyone in a state of fear. People are starting to realize that all the formulas, all the various institutions throughout the world that they were once able to rely upon as a source of income are suddenly falling apart.

      FALSEHOOD IS DISINTEGRATING
      One by one, everything that people used to rely upon economically has started falling [banks, insurance, etc.]. This will continue until at last there will be no other source of sustenance other than our Father in Heaven. And now the Jews are hated throughout the world. Anti Semitism is continuously rising in many countries and a lot of Jews are afraid to look like Jews. There are countries where the anti-Semitism is openly flaunted. Yet, with all the troubles that the world is experiencing, there are still Jews who think they will regain their precious American dream; a world of restaurants, entertainment, shopping malls, vacations, Pesach in the Alps or Pesach by the Pyramids, or Pesach at the Dead Sea, and so on. Back then the money was flowing and almost every Jew in the Western world was living a relatively high-class lifestyle. Even the ‘poor’ people could eat out and own cars. However now that everything is falling apart, we, Jews and Goyim, are in a situation where the poor people are really poor and barely managing to make ends meet and fill their basic needs. Even the wealthy people are afraid to spend their money. In any case, as we have said before, soon their money will be worthless.

      TRUTH IS BEING REVEALED
      This whole situation is happening because Hashem wants to bring us all, the Jews in particular but also the gentiles, to the recognition that there is none other to rely upon aside from our Father in Heaven, because everything in the world is from Hakadosh Baruch Hu . This is the main point of the message Hashem wants to give over to Am Yisrael and to the entire world. This is why Hakadosh Baruch Hu [G-d] is bringing us to a situation where we will have to directly ask Him for every single thing we need and He will give it to us directly. The world is completing its final rectifications and it is no simple matter. We have been in the world for thousands of years, from the time of Adam and Chava until now, and unfortunately the world has progressed very little. Adam and Chava’s first sins were the same sins which still cause us the most problems today: lashon hara [slander] and lack of modesty. The fall of mankind on the sixth day of creation was because of these two sins. The snake told Chava lashon Hara about Hakadosh Baruch Hu, may Hashem have mercy. Then he convinced her that she could supposedly be like Hashem if she would just eat from the fruit of the tree. Then all she had to do was convince her husband to do the same.

      THE CAUSE OF OUR SINS
      But what was the snake’s real objective? He wanted her; he simply wanted Chava for himself. Those two sins, the lack of modest behavior and not guarding one’s tongue are still causing us problems today. What causes these sins? Pride, and the desire to fulfill our passions; in other words, the “olam hazeh” [materialism, the vanities of this world]. Not the spiritual world, rather the materialistic world. The root of all our problems is the Golden Calf. Many times throughout history were we given the chance to rectify our sins and we did not. Now is our last opportunity to rectify those two central sins and many other secondary sins. However in order to accomplish this, we must separate ourselves from olam hazeh, from the Golden Calf.

      THE CAUSE OF OUR QUARRELS
      There is another big problem caused by the Golden Calf and that is dispute [quarreling]. Lately, our people have been suffering greatly due to machlokes [arguments, quarreling]. With all the shmiras halashon that people are learning, machlokes is working over time between the various Jewish communities and sectors; between Sefaradim and Ashkenazim, etc. and even amongst the various Chassidic communities and the various Litvish communities. The situation is terrible and we have reached a point where shalom [peace] is rare to find. Moreover, due to all the gashmius, some groups are afraid that other groups will deprive them of their parnassah and that is a most horrific situation. All the Jews, secular and religious [and the non-Jews even more], suffer from too much lashon hara and disputes. Dispute, dispute and more disputes - and everything is supposedly leShem Shamayim [for the Sake of Heaven]. Yet in reality almost none of this is really leShem Shamayim. Even though the people involved support their actions protesting “spiritual causes”, usually everything is really about money, prestige, etc. All these disputes going on between the various Jewish groups are truly heartbreaking; even amongst different Chassidusses, within yeshivas etc.; terrible, just terrible.

      THE EGEL RUINS TORAH
      Another problem with this generation is that much of our Torah learning is based upon olam hazeh and not leShem Shamayim. That is why Hakadosh Baruch Hu is destroying the Egel Hazahav [Golden Calf] and all the money flowing into the Yeshivas. This will reveal who is really acting leShem Shamayim. Who indeed will sit and learn Torah in the Yeshiva even if it means he must now go and get a job? Who will take a Gemara with him to sit and learn with even though he has no Kollel paying him to learn, or a wife who works in an office together with men and wears a long ‘custom’ wig and tight clothes, making good money to pay for his learning? However, the learning of such a person is not worth very much. Not only is it not worth much, but also the prosecuting angels in Heaven are using this against him and against all of Am Yisrael. However Hashem is now going to reveal to everyone who is really learning leShem Shamayim.

      FALSE “YIDDISHKEIT”
      All of the gashmius in our lives causes the Jew to go away from Hakadosh Baruch Hu. And the more modern Jews - which really means that they are less careful about keeping the mitzvos properly - in most cases these Jews are farther from Hashem and closer to the Egel Hazahav. Not only are they going away from Hakadosh Baruch Hu, they are actually creating their own version of Yiddishkeit - just as the Jews did in the desert. They created a Golden Calf and thought that by doing so they were being loyal to Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Thus we have created a new version of Yiddishkeit – as the Jews created the Golden Calf in the desert. And we are praying to it [our “Golden Calf”] and think that we are really praying to Hashem. This is what is going on and even good Jews are becoming confused between what is right and what is wrong, between sheker and emes. This is the state of Yiddishkeit today. It is the “Yiddishkeit” of America, England, Europe and all over the world. But this is not true Yiddishkeit. In America, the so-called “Yiddishkeit” is mainly based upon the pleasures of the olam hazeh, on materialistic convenience. Even though there is a lot of chessed as well, unfortunately a lot of the chessed is based upon business and profits.

      DESTRUCTION OF SPIRITUALITY
      The Americans usually want the “good” and easy life and to have fun all day long. The same generally applies to Europe. However, I am speaking only of the Charedi Jews because the rest of the Jews don’t even come close to the emes [truth], and in most cases the truth is of no interest to them. The Charedim in Europe are considered to be more conservative with their lifestyles yet over the last few years the gashmius has begun to overflow there as well and is pulling a lot of the Charedim to the Egel Hazahav. They too are enjoying all the gashmius like the Charedi Jews in America. In each country it takes on a different shape but in the end it is still the Egel Hazahav and it is destroying every thing spiritual in life. Am Yisrael, we are right before The End. You want eternal life? Then you must throw away every connection to the olam hazeh. The only way to do that is to accept with humility the Yoke of Heaven. This is the final tikkun [rectification] for this generation.

      OUR FINAL DECISION
      Whoever does not complete this tikkun, chas veshalom, whoever does not lower his head and accept everything we are given form Hakadosh Baruch Hu, every blow, every difficult thing He gives us, without question, and does not cry out to Heaven: “Hashem is the Lord, Hashem is the lord, Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem echad” will disappear from this world - as well as from the Olam Haba, lo aleinu. Whoever does say this with all of his heart and truly accepts the Yoke of Heaven, he will gain eternal life [olam haba] and greet Moshiach Tzidkanu, bezras Hashem. Whoever does not – there is no hope for him. Hashem himself will obliterate all of the evildoers from this world and from the World To Come, lo alenu, just as He did in Egypt during the three days of darkness. Decide what you want!

      http://www.torahnews.org


      Iyar 11, 5769, 5/5/2009

      Your Grandkids May Be Moslem

      by Tamar Yonah

      Did you hear this joke?  "A recent study of assimilation among secular Jews in America shows that from 100 secular Jews in the first generation, only five are left in the fourth generation. In the Reform and the Conservative Jewish communities, the statistics are not much better.
      From 100 'Reform' Jews in the first generation you have only 13 Reform left in the fourth generation!"
      From 100 'Conservative' Jews in the first generation you have only 24 left in the fourth generation!"
      From 100 'Orthodox' Jews in the first generation you have 2,587 in the fourth generation!"

      You might think this is a joke, but it is actually TRUE.  See this diagram.  These stats were talked about by former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau when he attended a 3 day Rabbinical conference held in Europe which proclaimed that the biggest problem facing Judaism today is assimilation in the Diaspora.  This is a concern for Jews, but to my Christian readers, the future 'looks' even bleaker for you.

      Christians in the United States and Europe are witnessing real threats to their way of life and their belief system. Ditto that for almost all Westerners in the USA and Europe who were born from Christian families but are either secular or just believe, but are not church-goers.  Soon your culture and religion will not reign in the places where you call home.  Your grandchildren will be living in a much different world than you are living in and enjoying today.

      This video below states that your grandchildren will not be living in 'western societies' anymore, and that Islam will be the dominant religion of not only Europe, but the world.  The presentation starts a little slow, but stick with it, the information it is showing you will make you either finally take some action, or make you want to buy a ticket to the moon (no pun intended).  Please see this video before continuing reading below.

      For the Jews however, there is good news…  Israel is daily becoming more and more religious.  One may not see it in the media and the leadership sitting in their ivory towers, but facts on the ground cannot be denied. There have never been more yeshivot and yeshiva learning in the country, and there has never been a stronger baal tshuva (returning to religious observance) movement in Israel. Observant G-d fearing Jews are gradually taking over the army, with HALF of the new combat officers in the IDF being religious.  The education branch in Israel is filling up with more religiously identifying Jews, at the same time that those, still secular, are leaving teaching positions in the quest of finding higher paying jobs.  And to top it all off, Haredi women are having 3 times as many children as secular women have. Many other religious women all over Israel are also having large families.  My sister-in-law living in another re-settlement has 12 children, my neighbor behind me has 13 children and other families in YESHA  easily have 8-12 children.  In another phenomena, our kids are getting married earlier, they are not like their westernized parents looking to first get a 'career'. Half my daughter's classmates who graduated with her 2 years ago, already opted to get married and not wait.  Many want to go to new hill tops and raise lots of children!  It's a different head-set that we from the West are used to.  Think how these facts on the ground and our next generation are changing the country, and what it will look like in the near future.  So, regarding the die-hard Seculars, the Post Zionists, and the self-hating Jews, they are actually on the decline. The future is almost here, and it looks like it's going to be a Jewish one! 

      To my Jewish bretheren in the EXILE, come home now.  There is no future for the Jewish People in the Exile. Your grandchildren may be living under 'Islamic rule'. Don't think that you have a lot of time.  Very soon, it may be impossible to take your savings and money that you have worked for, out of the country.  Just yesterday I heard a news report that they are starting to go after Americans who are keeping their money in overseas accounts like the Cayman Islands, etc…  In a Bloomberg report, they stated that, "Obama’s plan also would make it riskier for Americans to stash money in tax-havens."  This may just be the begining.

      My brothers and sisters, if they are starting to go after businesses who want to keep their money in a bank or country of their choosing, then what's to stop them from going after the individual soon after?  We may be seeing a situation, as the financial crisis worsens, where the government, or even it's citizens may get angry and state, "If you made your money here in America, it stays in America.  If you want to leave, leave, but you're not taking 'OUR' money with you."  This has happened before when people could not take their possesions with them and had to leave with nothing but their lives - if they were lucky.  We don't need to stretch the imagination.  Get out now while you still can with the fruits of your hard earned labor.  If you are blessed with having a fully paid-for home, sell it now and come.  If you are only blessed with a car and a few belongings, sell what you can't take with you and come home now, before it may be too late.  You obviously won't be boarding a plane tomorrow, as these things usually take time and planning, so start that planning now.  www.NbN.org.il  Once a FIRM plan has been put in place, you can decide when to implement it.  Without a plan, you are left to the wolves.  Come home -where the future is  --otherwise your grandkids may be Moslem.



      Iyar 4, 5769, 4/28/2009

      They Called Him a Jewish Terrorist

      by Tamar Yonah

      He fought.  He killed.  He conquered.  He was a normal Jewish man who led what seemed to be a normal, even boring life in pre-state Israel. But Ezra Yakhin was anything but.  As a young man, Yakhin was a postman by day, a LECHI fighter by night. 

      The British labeled him a 'terrorist'.  Listen to the audio interview part 1 and part 2

       Ezra Yakhin tells of his time growing up very poor in Israel what was then called Palestine.  Though he lived in Jerusalem, the home he lived in didn't have a toilet, he had to leave his apartment to use a common bathroom for the building.  Not having a kitchen in his house, his mother had to cook on a primus stove burner in the back yard of the building. Yet, Yakhin says he never felt like he was poor as a child because his friends and neighbors lived that way as well, so he didn't feel any different. Life was difficult, but there was a growing sense of the revival of the Jewish People in their home, Israel. The dream of statehood had taken hold since the end of  WWI  when the British, now with its troops in the Middle East, had promised, then reneged, on allowing the Jews to establish their homeland.

      It was oppressive living under British occupation who clearly favored the Arab nations. The Jews were not allowed to protect themselves against Arab theft, violence or pograms. Curfews were common and the obvious preference of the Arabs by Britain made it impossible for Jews to live and practice their Judaism freely. 
      The British labeled him a 'terrorist'

      Ezra Yakhin tells the story of how he wanted to help fight for the freedom of the Jewish nation.  He had read about the actions of the mysterious heroes in the LECHI  (Lochamei Herut Israel – Israel Freedom Fighters) underground.  He yearned to join up but he didn't know who to approach.  All members were recruited secretly, so he had to try to send out hints to his neighbors and friends to let them know he wanted to be recruited, without making it too obvious, where someone might snitch on him to the British.  Sometimes he would wait at night to see if he could spot the newer members of the LECHI whose job it was to paste posters up on lamp posts and city walls urging people to throw off British rule and gain independence.  But these newly recruited members were also impossible to find. They had to be good at being invisible, because getting caught by the British putting up 'freedom posters' was a crime. All LECHI members were considered terrorists.   They could be caught, imprisoned and tortured for information.  Yakhin, so much wanting to join up to fight for Jewish independence, would wait at night to try to find anyone hanging up posters. However, even he couldn't spot them. One moment there was nothing out of the ordinary, and the next, there would be a newly pasted up poster nearby, without a trace of anyone having been there.

      Ezra Yakhin, still a youth, knew that his working at the post office would help the LECHI. British headquarters were at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and he knew the area well delivering mail and telegrams.  Photos in his book, ELNAKAM, show the streets in Jerusalem near British headquarters filled with barbed wire.  Apparently, the British were very fearful of the Jewish underground groups and protected themselves by keeping nearby streets 'no man's land'.

      Yakhin tells how he finally succeeded in being recruited into the LECHI underground, the secret ways he used his job at the post office as a delivery boy to help with LECHI intelligence, and how he finally was trained for real military missions against the British occupation forces in Palestine.  He also tells about the first time he had to kill.

      Obtaining weapons for defensive purposes and for driving out British forces from the Land of Israel was one of the greatest challenges for the underground. Yakhin describes one of his attempts to steal a gun from a British soldier.  In the scuffle, he was shot and wounded.  Limping away and bleeding, he tried to find safety and help, but it was impossible to go to a hospital because there he would have been found by the British.  He also describes the fate of his fellow freedom fighters who were either killed by the British mandate troops or the Jew-hating Arabs.

      Idealistic and also in the throws of youthful love, he shares with us the story of the girl he fell in love with who was also a LECHI member - and what happened to her. 

      After WWII, the British were even more lustful in finding Jewish underground members because of their aiding Holocaust survivors trying to make it to the shores of the Land of Israel. The British were strict with their policy of curtailing Jewish immigration to Israel. In his book, Elnakam, Yakhin shows notices sent out by the underground which stated: "Since the arrival of the immigrant ship, 'Exodus 1947' and the banishment of its immigrants, the Israel Freedom Fighters have begun a systematic campaign against the enemy forces, its vehicles and installations."  The notice then goes on to show a list of strikes against British army patrols and bases.  It is an impressive list of actions and Yakhin describes many of the scenes that could be scenes in a real action movie. 

      Yakhin also relates the heart wrenching story of his best friend who was kidnapped in broad daylight by the British and never seen or heard from again.  British denials of any wrong doing filled and fueled news paper articles for quite some time.  It wasn't until much later that the truth came out that he had been murdered by the British who tried to cover it up.

      The book ends with his telling how he was fighting in the streets of Jerusalem in one of the major battles for the Old City, the area of Jerusalem where the Temple once stood and the Western Wall continues to stand.  It is the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people.  In this fierce battle to liberate Jerusalem and at great losses of his friends and other (now) Israeli fighters, an explosive shell was fired in front of him and exploded.  As he turned to shield himself, shrapnel cut though his helmet going through the back of his neck up through, and out of his eye. Rushed with the other wounded fighters to the hospital, he had to have surgery without being given anethstesia. Throughout the several hour ordeal, awake on the operating table as they worked on him, he kept repeating to himself in the grips of immense pain, "A LECHI Man doesn't groan".  He ended up losing an eye from his massive head wound and has a glass eye until this day.

      Yakhin is still active to this day.  Though over 80 years old, he lives in an old Jewish neighborhood which, since the Jordanian occupation of eastern Jerusalem, is now occupied by hostile Arabs.  The apartment building he lives in is inhabited by a group of Jewish families and married couples who aren't afraid to re-establish their Jewish roots there.

      An excerpt from his book, Elnakam:

      "No sleep for you tonight," says Tanchum. "You're to go to the Abu-el Bassal quarter and mark the movements of the army there.  What we need is information about the movements of military vehicles in the path joining the Beit Yaakov and Zichron Yoseph quarters."

      We went to look for the place best suited for the look-out base, finally choosing the brick factory in Sadoff's yard, where I could hide all night behind a pile of bricks and observe the movements of the vehicles on the path.  I didn't go home this time to tell my parents that I was "sleeping at a friend's place," I simply couldn't face the fearful look in their eyes, knowing full well how anxious they would be.  Obviously, they would not be slow in making a connection between my absence and the acts against the Brits, and their feelings, when I failed to return that night were not hard to imagine.  On the other hand if I didn't let them know in advance, they might comfort themselves with the thought that I had been caught breaking curfew and arrested.  This wasn't pleasant, but implied a fine at the most.

      So – no going home.  As curfew time approached I was ensconced behind my pile of bricks.  Each of the neighbors nearby took a last look at the yard before lowering their shutters and locking their doors, and they all saw me there.  To avoid their worried glances I slipped around to the other side of the pile, making myself fully visible to the patrols enforcing the curfew.  Only after everybody was shut inside the houses did I slip back – only to be cordially invited by someone peeping through the shutters to go in and stay till the morning.  Ignoring the invitation I waited tensely for darkness to fall.

      The noise of army vehicles touring the area filled the night. Sometimes they would stop to permit a foot patrol to get out.  At times, some men talking English, approached my brick pile, and I couldn't tell whether they were just loitering or going straight for me.  Hearing a vehicle approaching I would raise my head to see it, risking being seen by a passing patrol.  I could hear them but it was too dark to see them.  Conversely, I realized that my dark figure could be easily made out on the background of white bricks, and I was just what the enemy was looking for.  There…. They were coming, now!  They had seen me and where could I hide?  They were getting nearer.  Their English fell painfully on my ear.  No place to run…. "

      If you want a book that will educate you, make you laugh and cry, show you miracles and is just one darned good read of a true story of the heroes that fought for the Jewish homeland after 2,000 years of forced exile, GET THIS BOOK, ELNAKAM.