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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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      Tishrei 20, 5773, 10/6/2012

      ALL TOGETHER NOW - Shema Yisrael

      by Tamar Yonah

      Some say we are entering very dangerous and perilous times now.  Looming in the future seem to be war, financial collapse, new strains of flu, and nations around the world in upheaval.


      The following is a message from the "Shema Yisrael Now" committee, based in Chicago, regarding the 12th annual worldwide Shema Yisrael effort for Hoshana Rabba, scheduled for Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th at 9 p.m.

       The effort is coordinated by the Shema Yisrael Now committee, which seeks to raise awareness of the importance and protective power of the Shema Yisrael prayer.

       The holiday "Hoshana Rabba", which is the seventh and final night of the holiday of Succot, is a final chance to overturn difficult heavenly decrees that might have been written on Rosh Hashana. As such, Hoshana Rabba is marked by intense prayer and repentance. During these most difficult and volatile times we have the opportunity to help avert difficult heavenly decrees, please join with others to remove or soften the blow.

       With all that is happening in the world today, Hashem is giving us a wake up call, an opportunity to fix what has been damaged through our sins and repair the world through teshuva [repentance]. Each and everyone of us can make a difference. The Talmud states [Kiddushin 40B] that the whole world as well as the individual , is judged by the majority of deeds. It only takes one person's one good deed to turn the judgment to the positive side for everyone. If each and every one of us would avoid the next sin that presents itself to them and actively seek out and do the next good deed, we could change the world for the better. The power of unity in doing a mitzvah is particularly effective in garnering merits. Let us join together on this significant date to state our firmest belief that He is the One and Only.

        This year, Hoshana Rabba falls out on Motzoi Shabbos and Sunday October 6th- 7th. On this day dedicated to prayer, there will be a special unified effort centering on our most basic and powerful prayer, and declaration of faith, the Shema Yisrael prayer.
       On Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th at 9 p.m, Jews in many communities will stop what they are doing and say the Shema prayer-- the Jewish basic declaration of faith, in unity with Jews around the globe.

        The basic Shema prayer that many will recite on the Hoshana Rabba night is comprised of six words:
        *Shema Yis-ra-el A-do-noi E-lo-hei-nu A-d-noi E-chad*
       Translation: Hear, Israel, Hashem is (now) our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only.
        This is followed by the whispered recital of the following six words:
        *Ba-ruch Shem Kev-od Mal-chuso Le-Olam Va'ed*
        Translation: Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.
        This refers to our silent aspiration that the entire world should soon recognize Hashem's glory.
       The Shema prayer is one of the 613 Commandments and our most basic, powerful declaration of our faith in One G-D
       When saying the Shema prayer, concentrate intensely upon accepting G-D’s absolute sovereignty

       All Jews are encouraged to join this special united effort by saying the Shema prayer at 9 p.m. Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th, with their families or whomever they are with at the time.

       We strongly encourage all Jewish people to say the Shema prayer every morning and evening, every single day, as a way to unite the Jewish people and help bring peace to our world.

      Thank you for all your help in publicizing this effort. Please be aware that this effort is meant for local time in each locale.
      Tizku L'Mitzvos
      Chaag Sameach

      Tishrei 14, 5773, 9/30/2012

      Being Prepared for War or Natural Disaster

      by Tamar Yonah

      "Can you Imagine if this was a war?"  My husband said to me over his cell phone.  

      This morning, erev chag (before the holiday), I sent my husband out shopping for last minute groceries I would need for the Sukkot Holiday.  The grocery store and parking lot were a mad house!  You couldn't find a parking space.  You couldn't find a free shopping cart, all were in use.  Check out lines went towards the back of the store, as everyone having just coming out of the Shabbat (Sabbath) now needed more groceries to prepare for the next day of festive meals for the family.  ...and this was not even a war.
      The Iranian Leader, Achmadinejad has threatened to annihilate the State of Israel.  PM Netanyahu spoke at the U.N. last week about 'red lines' and gas masks and home front command 'suggestions and recommendations' have been distributed to the population these last several motnhs.  ...And you are still not prepared in case a war should break out?  
      Now, none of us want a war, and we do not KNOW that there will be a war.  But we must be prepared, just in case.  None of the items you will need for your family are frivolous.  You will need them down the line in any case, and it is better to be prepared, even minimally, than having to be caught with your pants down, and then running to the grocery in hopes it is open, has food on it's shelves, and is not an intolerable mad house which in itself is a nightmare. 
      I have just finished a quite intense interview with Dr. William Forstchen, author of the book, "One Second After" about what would happen after an EMP nuclear attack over your skies.  The interview is unnerving, but packed full of information - information that is vital for all to know.  Ironically, a friend of mine in Jerusalem, Howard Linett,  who is a Terrorism Expert, Tactical Instructor, Expert Witness, Author and columnist for 'survival' type magazines sent me an article he wrote (hastily) and asked if I would publish it.  My interview and his piece had no connection, but the timing does give a portending that we should ALL be making (even minimal) preparations.  Here is his piece below, and here is the link to the interview I did on the topic of a nuclear attack.  Pass them around to your friends and family.  You could be saving lives.


      Being Prepared for War or Natural Disaster

      by Howard (Hanan) Linett

      Be Prepared.  No one is going to send a 'John Wayne' or the USMC over the hill to come assist you. Understand that it is most likely that you will be on your own.  Help will not arrive for days, perhaps longer depending upon where you live. 

      Expect public utilities will not function.  That means there will be no water flowing from your faucets, no gas flowing to your appliances.  Communication networks will be down and not working.  No electricity = no power, no light, no refrigeration, no cable no phones, no computer.

      Many roads, tunnels and bridges will be impassible.  At best travel will be difficult, at worst impossible.  The delivery of food and other commodities will be interrupted.  Store shelves will not be restocked. 

      The situation may continue for weeks. 

      Think of the following as if you are purchasing "Insurance."

      Have as much water put away as possible. 

      Wash out plastic bottles that were filled with drinks and fill them with water.  Store out of the sun.  The water is for use in washing, cleaning, cooking and flushing.  You can never have too much.  Also suitable for watering one's dogs and cats.

      For drinking you need to purchase a supply of 1.5 or 2 liter six-packs of bottled water.  As much as you can afford and have room to store.  Figure you need 2 six-packs a week per family member.  More if the weather may be Hot.  Have enough for 4 weeks.  You can find sales as inexpensive as 9 NIS per pack.  Refill bottles that came filled with drinking water.  Again you can never have too much. 

      You need a source of light.

      Make sure you have a supply of candles - several or more boxes of the 72 per box.  Several 7-day memorial candles supply a lot of light at night.  The Friday night candles that come in a metal cup are good for cooking as well as light.

      Make sure you have lots and lots of matches.  Have at least 6 packages of 10 boxes wrapped in clear wrapping.

      Have a supply of flashlights each with at least three extra sets of fresh batteries.  Make one of the flashlights a super strong one from the SureFire company.

      For situations when it is ill-advised to have an open flame, purchase a supply of chemical light-sticks. 

      Consider the purchase of some type of "tabletop" battery powered florescent light.

      Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA and AAA batteries are worth the extra cost and effort to locate.


      Have a barbecue - must only be used in an open and area well ventilated!  Have extra charcoal or gas balloon(s). 

      You can buy a inexpensive camping stove or other types of cooking set-up that utilize small propane tanks.  Be sure to have a supply of the proper size propane cylinders.

      Do not forget cooking over an open wood fire.  Just set aside the kindling and wood.  Do not forget you need a metal grate to put the food on while it is cooking.


      Purchase and put away pasta, beans, legumes, rice, grains, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, oil, cans of vegetables, tuna, Luff (Israeli Spam) and just about everything else you use that does not require refrigeration.  Here is a tip - putting grains and rice in the freezer for 36 hours should kill-off all the unseen "protein" that can hatch several months downs the road. 

      Whenever there is a sale I come home with 2 or 3 kilo bags of whatever is less expensive than normal.  Put away lots - you use it, so it isn't like you are going to throw it out.  When you need some of it, use it, just be sure to replace it and continue to buy extra when it is on sale.  Always use the package closed to its expiration date.

      Try not to have more frozen food in your freezer than you can eat in three days.  Afterwards what is left will be spoiled. 

      If you need milk better get a powdered milk substitute.

      Honey, chocolate, jams and peanut butter are superior foods.

      Alcohol serves multiple purposes besides drinking; for example Google Vodka and you will find out how it can be used.


      If you need prescription medications do whatever necessary to always have a 30-day supply on hand.

      First Aid.

      Have a well stocked First Aid kit.  Learn basic First Aid and have a good manual on hand. 

      Benefit from the experience of others.

      Never allow your vehicles' gas tank to drop below 3/4s full.  Have a 5 gallon container of gasoline stored safely and securely. 

      You must have a battery operated portable radio that gets reception where you live.

      Do not allow laundry to pile-up.  The more clean clothes you have, the less the need to wash clothes when water and electricity are unavailable.

      Have a non-electric, hand operated can opener.

      You need a pair of heavy-duty work gloves and all your tools immediately accessible.

      You need a good sharp folding knife and a quality multi-tool on your belt.

      Purchase a survival manual, USMC, Boy Scout Handbook, SAS are excellent.

      A large jug of Clorox is a disinfectant and has multiple uses.  Google Clorox Bleach for a list.

      An extra supply of white squares of cloth for floor washing can be used to seal under doors.

      Consider plastic cups, plates and utensils - they can be discarded rather than washed.

      Have a supply of heady duty large plastic garbage bags.

      A roll of sealing tape and a roll of duck tape.

      Several packages of Wet Ones.

      Please do not put-off getting your home prepared.  Now, not later, is the time to go shopping.  Experience dictates that "later" is too late.  "Later" is for gathering your family and running into your shelter or protected room.

      Elul 16, 5772, 9/3/2012

      Migron Evictions: A Wry Look

      by Tamar Yonah

      This is an 'Interview with  the Security Minister [sic] re: Migron, written by the humorous weekly guest of mine, 'Dan, the Guy Who Works With Leftists'.  
      Interview with Minister of Security, Ohad Boreg.
      Q: Mr. Boreg, why did the government fund the building of Migron, only to destroy it 5 years later.
      A: That's right.
      Q:  What do you mean, that's right.
      A: We built Migron, in order to destroy it.
      Q: What do you mean ?
      A: Where did all the Religious Zionists live before 1967, in Petach Tikva, maybe Bayit Ve-Gan ?
          How could we just go in and destroy all those buildings in Petach Tikva ?
          Not that destroying a few buildings wouldn't have been an improvement, if you've ever seen Petach Tikva.
          So we tricked them into moving to settlements so we could expel them and destroy their homes.
      Q: Is it true that the homes built for the residents of Migron are not ready ?
      A:  What homes ?  We brought in Steven Spielberg to build a Hollywood Set.  He did a nice job too, it looks really realistic on TV.
      Q:  What about those Arabs who claim they own the land in Migron.  Why did they "chicken out" and not show up in court to prove their claim.
      A:  Oh, those Arabs.  Those are just unemployed actors.  We got them from the same agency as the "crying Arab mother."

      Q.  Do you feel it's appropriate in a democracy to send in 100 policemen to kick people out of their homes
      A.  We had to do it to reassure the public ...  that the police are actually capable of doing something.

      kol tuv,

      Av 20, 5772, 8/8/2012

      FACEBOOK: Facilitator of Peace?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Saudi Man Answers Questions on Why He Loves Israel

      I know there are deep haters of Facebook, and I do not blame them.  There is much to worry about regarding the dangers of uploading information about yourself to the world.  But a few months ago, I gave in and opened up a Facebook account for professional reasons.  While FACEBOOK definitely has it's minuses, on the plus side, I must admit it has opened up many doors for me to meet people which I would probably never have had a chance to connect with before.  

      I am very much aware and understand that people can present themselves over the internet in any way they please.   People can, and often do,  use fake names, lie about their age, gender, location, use false pictures, etc...  So enough said about the internet, Facebook, social media,  the pros and cons, etc.  

      One FB friend I made, calls himself.... well, I cannot say.  I must be discreet.  However, he does let me say that he is from Saudi Arabia and is now residing in some Western country.  I asked if I could interview him on the radio.  At first he said he would think about it, but afterwards, he said he wouldn't feel safe doing so and asked me instead to send him some questions to answer by text.  So here goes, a few questions I jotted down for him to answer, which I thought you might like to read, from a 'cousin' of ours.

      -Why do you like Israel, even though you were raised from childhood to hate Israel?
      I know I was raised to hate jews and isreal as been tought all my life that jews are not normal people they like to kill and these are supported by fake videos of arabic media. but I started to to talk to jews over the internet just to see, and guess what?! they are normal people and lovely people they listen to me they respected me more than anybody else, even when I am being harsh with them somtimes but they still respect me and reply to all my questions. plus i was not really convinced with islam, as since i was young i was forced to go to pray 5 times daily in the mousque, then I started to think and question why islam is the right religion maybe not, why should I take things for granted, let me find out! and Guess what? most of islamic things mainly were taken from jewish faith in another words (Stolen) and then Mohamed have added he horrible and hate flavour to it.
      plus look into the whole arabic world its all fake no democracy and all of curropted governments, while looking to Isreal it is a democratic state, even for minorities even to muslims who hate jews.
      after all of this, Do you want me to hate Isreal?! No I do not just like it I love it.
      What was it like growing up as a Saudi Arabian?  Generally, not only pertaining to Israel.
      well, growing up in Saudi Arabia, is like been guided from the moment you are born to follow the islamic and cultural things and when you question such things you are not allowed. and they teach you to be ashamed of your self when you asked rather than they try to explain things to the child. so when you grow up you know to do stuff but you do not know why you do it and why you do it in a certain way. new generation with all of internet connections and the globalization is not coping up with such things. now alot of athiest are in saudi arabia which no one could even think of. they are more than any saudi can imagine but they pretend they are muslims be cause of the fear over thier lifes of to be banned from the society.
      I was lucky as I travelled alot when i was young as i travelled alot and meet people who makes me thing.
      What was it that changed your mind about Israel and Jews?
      I guess the answer is included in the first question
      Is it difficult for you to reach out and make friends with Jews and/or Israelis?
      with the help of internet it is easy now, but never met one in person actually.
      What would you be afraid of if you were 'caught' not hating Jews and Israel?  What would or could happen to you?
      well, do not know but for sure my family will hate me maybe not talk to me anymore, or maybe they will call me as a spy to isreal, and have no idea what will happen to me if that reached to the government, i maybe jailed and questioned. and they will be sure i am spy or why would i like them.
      this is what i feel could happen but do not know if it happens how would the reaction be from both society and government. I do not dare to show that.
      Are you a Muslim today? If not, why?
      well, also I do not know. it part of me saying you should be muslim it is your religion but today i have no respect for it, and do not think iam muslim anymore cause it all lies. also even islam is true religion it does not make me feel proud about it. so my answer would be not.
      Do you think there will ever be peace between Jews and Arabs/Muslims?  If so, how?
      I hope so, but I do not think there will be. as muslims just hate jews and beleive that they will kill jews at the end of the liftime as stated in quran and prophet statements that they will be gatheres in Isreal and nearer the end of time muslims will kill them all. so in this being in the background of thier mind there will be no peace, plus muslims especially arabs are afraid that jews will expand their land in future to go beyound the current one and have the Great Isreal state. isreal has more power in terms of weapons and knowledge and research, plus the support of west.
      I hoped I answered your questions, please no mention where iam now or who iam or even my age, I trust you.

      Av 6, 5772, 7/25/2012

      Come'On! Build the Temple Already!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Enough Crying.  Enough Mourning.
      Reality will not let us go with tractors at this moment to prepare ground for the Third Temple.  However, at the very least, we can all work on the spiritual level of building the Temple.  
      In the book of Joshuah, we read in the first chapter, that G-d is telling him & the Nation of Israel that He is giving us the land, and that we must now go in and TAKE it:

      א  וַיְהִי, אַחֲרֵי מוֹת מֹשֶׁה--עֶבֶד יְהוָה; וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן-נוּן, מְשָׁרֵת מֹשֶׁה לֵאמֹר.1 Now it came to pass after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying:
      ב  מֹשֶׁה עַבְדִּי, מֵת; וְעַתָּה קוּם עֲבֹר אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה, אַתָּה וְכָל-הָעָם הַזֶּה, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לָהֶם לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.2 'Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
      ג  כָּל-מָקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרֹךְ כַּף-רַגְלְכֶם בּוֹ--לָכֶם נְתַתִּיו:  כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה.3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, to you have I given it, as I spoke unto Moses.
      It is not enough that G-d give us something.  G-d may give us the Land of israel, but we must then TAKE it.  if we had chosed to stay on the other side of the Jordan river, we never would have taken possession of the Land, even though G-d GAVE it to us.  It's not enough to GIVE something.  We must then in turn, TAKE it.  G-d could give us the possibility to marry and have children, He could give us the possibility to make aliyah and move to Israel, etc... but when G-d gives, we must TAKE.  It's hard to describe in a blog, but if I say to you, "Here, try some of my wonderfully delicious home made cookies!"  It is not enough for me to hold the plate in front of you.  You must physically reach out and take one of the delicious cookies. I can stand all day long holding the plate out towards you, but if you do not TAKE it, you will never get to enjoy the cookies I am giving you.  The same with the Land of Israel.  The same with the Holy Temple.  

      In 1967, G-d had us liberate the Temple Mount.  He GAVE us the opportunity then and there to posses the Temple Mount and build the Temple.  We did not TAKE it.  So what do we do now, that the reality could spark a major war, if the Israeli government all of a sudden decided to physically build the Third temple?  Well, we can AT LEAST build it on a spiritual level.  One of the first things we need to do is to DESIRE it.  YEARN for it.  WANT it.  Enough mourning.  Le'ts tip the scales with ACTION.  With more good deeds, more kindness, more charity giving and personal character-trait work.  Let's talk to G-d each and every day, and tell him how much we want it.  Let us be little children again when it comes to the excitement of wanting something so bad, that you use every opportunity to get close to it.  Let us repair this national tragedy the Jewish People (and the World!) have suffered and are sorely missing in our lives.  Watch this video which has gone viral.  And then, let's take some -at least- spiritual action - and help build it, spiritual stone, by spiritual stone - until the rest of the people actually come together and agree it is time to physically re-build it!  

      And an email I received which you might also like to be a part of:  

      As the 9th of Av quickly approaches, as the mourning over the loss of the Temple and the divine service intensifies over the next several days, many hearts are open to act. This is the time to begin breaking the silence that has clouded the ongoing systemic suppression of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.

      We would like to see the petition rise to a minimum of 10,000 signatures by Sunday the 10th of Av. This year the fast is pushed from the 9th to the 10th in honor of the Sabbath. Fasting is prohibited on the Sabbath with Yom Kippur being the exception.


      By using email, facebook, twitter, message boards, news sites and more - we together can break the silence!

      The Declaration can be signed at:


      Be sure to also join and to invite your friends to the facebook event (already 4,300+ invites and 200+ attending/signers)