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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 24, 5769, 10/23/2008

      What's In A Name?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Keeping up the Blog: Folks, I am tired.  I need a vacation.  Yvonne is wanting me to blog some more, and she is right. But I don't feel like I have what to blog about right now.  My life is boring, cooking, cleaning, hosting, and generally feel right now in a rut.  

      So, what should I write to you all about? I can tell you about the Shabbat I spent in Sussya last week during Chol HaMoed Sukkot.  I can tell you that the people that live next door to where I was visiting in Sussya, have no father at home. It is sad to see kids growing up without a father.  Dalia, the wife, and her 9 kids live alone now. Dalia's husband, Yair Har-Sinai, doesn't live in Sussya anymore.  He was a good Jew.  He was a mild mannered shepard.  He lived like in the bible, very close to nature. 

      Yair had good relations with the Arabs who lived near Sussya. I always remember Yair wearing white.  The times I saw him, he would wear white cotton pants and a white baggy gauze shirt, with his blond beard, long blond sidelocks of hair flying in the wind.  He was a settler.  He loved the Land, and loved people from all races.  Yair, made it his policy to not wear or use a gun . I remember Yair, yet his face fades from my memory as the years pass by.  You see, Yair was murdered.  He was out in the field with his sheep, and while he was sleeping that night, he was approached by two Arabs and shot in the head.  Shot twice.   And that was it. (Yes, I can hear Mike from Vienna jumping up and down and screaming, why didn't he have an AK47 or some other weapon on him.) But people live by their principles. Even if he had a gun, he was alone sleeping when the Arab terrorists murdered him. Yair's wife, Dalia,  and their nine children are making it, but it is sad to see his children growing up without their father.

      I can also blog and tell you about the guests that were at the Shabbat table in Sussya.  One was a very handsome young man, blond, blue eyes, looking to get married.  He's deaf, like my nephew in the USA, but I never learned sign language, and I believe anyway, that sign language is different in different countries.  He smiled a lot and tried to 'listen' in to the table conversation.  I felt bad I couldn't communicate with him more than just smiling back and giving him warm eye contact.  -Are there any Jewish women out there in their early twenties that are interested???  Sorry, i am still a Jewish mother at heart. 

      Another guest at the table was a man from Belgium and then Holland.  He was a convert to Judaism, a former Christian minister.  A very nice man whose English was better than his Hebrew  -for the time being at least.  Not much English is spoken in Sussya, it is very Israeli, and good place to go to if you want to immerse yourself in Hebrew.  And then there was a young man from Canada, early twenties I would guess.  It's hard to describe him, he reminded me a bit of Forrest Gump, someone who speaks little, but comes up with simple masterpiece points about life.  He was saying that when he went back to Canada to visit his family, he started using his family's Hebrew names instead of their given English names.  He stated matter of fact-ly  that a Jew can relate better to another Jew, when they use their Hebrew names.  At the table when he was saying this, I was just nodding my head and smiling, being polite, thinking, 'I wonder what his siblings thought about that'.  But it was only a little later that his words sank in.  I know that on a spiritual level, using one's Hebrew name, their REAL name, makes a deep connection with one's 'neshama', one's soul.  In fact, it brought back a memory of my own, when in high school, I decided I wanted to be called only by my Hebrew name, 'Tamar'.  Until then, my family and friends called me by my nick-name, 'Tammy'.  My official name though, was always 'Tamar'.  But living in America, I got an English nickname, it was just easier for everyone.  I remember, I always dreaded that first day of school when they would read from the roster, our names for the first time.  My non-Jewish teachers, never hearing the name 'Tamar' would always pronounce it wrong, in front of the whole class.  I would shrink and cringe from embarrassment when they would twist 'Tamar' into Tammer, Tamra, Tamara, Tomar, etc.   I always told them exasperatingly, "Just call me 'Tammy' ".  It wasn't until I was 15, when I graduated Jr. High and entered high school, that I decided that now I wanted to be called Tamar, and not Tammy anymore.  It wasn't easy.  I was to meet and make new friends in my new school, but my family was a different story.  My siblings had called me Tammy for as long as I could remember.  So each time they called me 'Tammy' after that day, I answered them by calling them names that were not theirs. When they looked at me quizzically on why I was calling them odd names like Herman or Gretchen,  I would simply remark to them, "If you call me by a name that is not mine, I will call you by a name that is not yours either."  I was stubborn, and probably one pain in the behind, but it worked.

      A name is very important, it defines a person.  I won't go into the Kabalistic reasons of the importance of a name, or how the Hebrew letters make up the name of a person and what they mean, that's for another time, but perhaps one of you would like to leave a talk back on it….    In any case, if any of you readers out there have been given a Hebrew name, you really should start to use it. You should also call your family by their Hebrew names as well. I cannot tell you how many times I receive emails from listeners who sign their letters something like this:

      (made up example only)

      "…Thanks for your time, Tamar.


      Stephen (Shmuel) Davidson"

      If  this 'Stephen' went in the USA by his Hebrew name 'Shmuel', he would be related to differently there.  Perhaps in a good way,  perhaps not.  But people WOULD relate to him differently.  Shmuel would also realize, that he is a foreigner, a sojourner in a host country, not his own.  Albeit, his host country may be a very nice and benevolent one, but he would know deep inside that he does not really belong there. Keeping our Hebrew names while sojourning in Egypt is one of the things that gave merit to the Jewish people to be redeemed.  It is THAT important! Look at our brother, 'Mike' in Vienna.  Perhaps he would feel different if he went by his Hebrew name in America, which most probably would be (?) Mikha-el from Vienna.  How much stronger a Jew he would be?!  Just imagine, what changes might take place in his life if he went by his Hebrew name and correct pronunciation, and not write and use the English pronunciation of 'Michael' or 'Mike'. …And Mike, this is not an attack on you.  I have no wish to hurt or embarrass you, I am just pointing out that all of us with Hebrew names should use them proudly, and perhaps it just may change who we are, ….and who we will become!

      Shana tova!  May we all be blessed for a good year!

      Tishrei 17, 5769, 10/16/2008

      Dems to Canada, Jews to Israel

      by Tamar Yonah

      One of you readers suggested to me that I try to cheer up Steve in Florida.  You said that he sounded very depressed, and you'd like me to write something a bit more positive to raise his spirits.  I responded to this person that it would be a real effort, as so much garbage is happening right now, and the material is endless to bring to your attention.  But, in the name of being a good sport, I will concede.  I found this little gem of a video clip (below) to put a smile on your faces.  -This one's for you, Steve. :-)


      If B. Hussein Obama wins, maybe a victory by him wouldn't be so bad for Israel.  I have heard about the bumper sticker that says, "OBAMA IS GOOD FOR ALIYAH".  And he will be.  In actuality, Israel is on her own.  We can't expect anyone to defend us, but ourselves.  An Obama victory would hammer that consideration in hard on our nation.  Our government  would know not to wait for any 'green lights' from a President Osama – oops, I mean Obama (sic),  who thinks it's ok to sit and talk with Muslim leaders who not only call for the wiping out of Israel, but who would probably wish to see the same outcome for those infidels in America as well.

      So, whoever wins – if elections are not canceled or postponed, - the outcome, either way, has its positives.  If Obama wins, it can be a wake up call for Israel and the Jewish people.  If  McCain wins, which I highly doubt, it just might be the impetus for unhappy democratic voters to finally throw in the towel and move up north.  They just might find their  Shangri-La  there. Though, ...I don't know how the Canadians would feel about it. 

      Tishrei 13, 5769, 10/12/2008

      Obama Born In Kenya? His Grandmother Says Yes.

      by Tamar Yonah

      Someone is lying.  According to Obama's Kenyan (paternal) grandmother, as well as his half-brother and half-sister, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii as the Democratic candidate for president claims.  His grandmother bragged that her grandson is about to be President of the United States and is so proud because she was present DURING HIS BIRTH IN KENYA, in the delivery room.  -This, according to several news sites and Pennsylvania attorney Philip J. Berg (see video below) who is, surprisingly, a life long democrat himself.  Berg is the former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and he has an impressive background in his activities as a democrat, but his support for the party seemingly stops when it comes to his trust in Barack Hussein Obama. 
      Many U.S. voters are suspicious of the Democratic candidate's past, and Berg filed a lawsuit to force Barack Hussein Obama to produce a certified copy of his original birth certificate to prove that he can run for the office of President of the United States. However, he is being fought. The DNC On Sept. 24  filed a motion to dismiss the Berg action.  Why?  What is there to hide?  Why not produce the original birth certificate and be done with all the suspicions against Barack Hussein Obama?
      A few months back, a birth certificate WAS posted on the internet which shows that Obama was born in Hawaii.  Yet some say this birth certificate is a forgery and again, his grandmother states that she was present at the birth, in Kenya. So what is the truth?
      One explanation is that Obama's mother Ann Dunham, flew to Kenya in 1961 with Obama's father to meet his family.  According to some news reports, Ann Dunham, was not accepted well by her husband's family because she was white:
      "Obama's family did not take to Stanley Ann Dunham Obama very well, because she was white, according to Sarah Obama. Shortly after she arrived in Kenya Stanley Ann decided to return to Hawaii because she later said, she did not like how Muslim men treated their wives in Kenya. However, because she was near term the airline would not let her fly until after the birth of her baby. Obama's grandmother said the baby—Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.—was born in Kenya and that shortly after he was born, Stanley Ann returned to Hawaii."
      However, by the time she wanted to leave Kenya, it was during the late stages of her pregnancy.  She was not able to board a plane because the airlines wouldn't allow women so close to birth to fly. It is instead believed, that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya as his grandmother apparently stated. Then, after he was born, his mother returned with him to Hawaii where his birth was REGISTERED on or about August 8th, 1961, in the public records office in Hawaii.  
      There is also a discrepancy in what hospital Barack Hussein Obama was born in, even if he was born in Hawaii.  Reports by his own sister in two separate interviews state that he was born at two different hospitals -- Kapiolani Hospital and Queens Hospital--in Honolulu.
      The Times Herald even reports: "the senator's grandmother, brother and sister, who live in Kenya, believe they were present during Obama's birth in the African country."  Here, the Times Herald uses the word that his family 'believe' he was born in Kenya (perhaps to avoid possible law suits by Obama's Truth Squad?).

      Watch this interesting and important video clip.


      I myself, not wanting to believe what I see, did some searching around, and this is what I came up with: 

      Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at the Kapiolani Medical Center.

      and here it says:

      Barack Obama was born at the Queen's Medical Center on 4 August 1961.

      So which hospital was it, or was he really born in Kenya?  And why is this simple matter so confusing and disturbing? Do the search your self and plug in these key words: 

      Obama born Queen's Medical Center and then Obama born Kapiolani Medical Center in a Google search. You will see he is reported to be born in two diferent hospitals.  A miracle!  Maybe he IS the Messiah (grin). 

      What's so hard about knowing something so simple as which hospital or country someone was born in? And if it is simple, then why doesn't Barack Hussein Obama just present the court with his original birth certificate to be analysed and proven?  The onus of proof is on him, not the American public of which he wants their trust in him to be their leader. 

      So, who is lying? Barack? His grandmother? His sister? Someone is.

      p.s.  Dr. Jerome Corsi will be on my show today (Sunday) where I will be interviewing him about his recent trip to Kenya to promote his new book, The Obama Nation...   * Dr. Corsi was not on my show Sunday, his publicist asked to re-schedule.

      Tishrei 9, 5769, 10/8/2008

      Strength, Not Weakness, As We Enter This New Year

      by Tamar Yonah

      As we go into the Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement Holiday, I wish you all to gain strength during this time.  Do not go into the holiday thinking you and the nation of Israel are weak.  G-d loves us so much, and He has given us this holiday to reach deep inside ourselves, to repent, ask for forgiveness, and to pull out the strength and desire to win our inner and outer battles.  Yom Kippur is a day not only of atonement, but of strengthening our commitment to live for G-d and to observe His Torah.  It is a day of strengthening our commitment to change ourselves to be better.

      It is with this hope that I say to us all, that we pray deeply to find that super-human strength inside of us, to turn from our evil ways, turn from the roads that chase after materialistic acquirements and move us in a direction away from the Holy One Blessed Be He.  May we take the more simpler and truthful road towards being close with G-d and make this world a better and safer place by living by His will. 

      Each of us were given talents and an enormous potential to do good and make a difference in the world, when we were born.  Let us find those talents and strengths and sincerely use and direct them to do good, not feed our trivial and mundane pursuits.  G-d wants us to be kind, be decent, and be moral.  On a larger scale, that morality flows over into ensuring justice in this world so that all mankind, all our brothers and sisters (we all stem from Noah, and before that, from Adam and Eve) can live safely and peacefully. Courts of law must be set up so people can find justice when they have been wronged or victimized. It is our responsibility to ourselves and our children.
      They come with chariots and horses, but we come with the Name of G-d

      In this period of history, we see many frightening things happening. The devastating financial crisis on a global level, crime, violence, perversity, and wars. There are nations today who are intolerant and want to wage war using terrorists, rockets and even nuclear weapons on freedom loving people. They perpetrate crimes against humanity, and it is our responsibility to find the strength and put a stop to this evil.

      This Yom Kippur, as we stand in synagogue in fasting and prayer for this next year, let us not look to presidents, friends or allies to protect us.  Let us take our eyes away from the White House, the International Community, or the Knesset to save us.  Instead, let us look UP.  To the only ONE, the Master of the Universe, the only one who we can trust in, the only one who has, and can, save us. 

      May we gird ourselves with the knowledge and strength that G-d is there, if only we call upon Him, and may we not feel defeatism. May we gird ourselves with trust, not fear. Truth, not convenient lies.  May we appoint G-d, the KING of all kings, over us.  And may we walk in righteousness to do His will, bring justice to this world, and improve our ways on the personal and more general levels.

      There are nations today with powerful militaries.  They posses many soldiers, many tanks, many missiles and nuclear weapons, and they wish to destroy us.  But we, the tiny nation of Israel, will chant this verse that our own King David wrote for us in times like these:

       Psalm 20:8 "They come with chariots and horses, but we come with the Name of G-d..." 

      We are living in tiny Israel,  surrounded in a sea of Arab Muslim states who gnash their teeth in wait to destroy us. But G-d holds an umbrella of strength over us, if we just look up. And so, when we have to go to battle our enemies, we shall remember, we come with the name of G-d, or more literally, "These with chariots and these with horses, but in the name of Hashem, our G-d, we call out. They dropped to their knees and fell, but we AROSE and were invigorated!" (Psalm 20:8) 

      May we go from strength to strength! Wishing you all a year full of blessings for all good things, and finding that inner strength and trust in G-d to merit it. 


      G'mar chatima tova!  -May you be inscribed for a good year!

      Tishrei 6, 5769, 10/5/2008

      Videos You Should See

      by Tamar Yonah

      **UPDATE: The OBAMA YOUTH video (below) was mysteriously removed from Youtube!  Now why do you think it was taken down?

      Here are some interesting videos to see.  The first one is of a new OBAMAYOUTH, which some people compare to the Hitler Youth.  I myself don't want to make this comparison.  Obama is not saying that Jews are vermin (at least publicly).  However, it is a bit disturbing to see these youth in military duds.  Hmmmm.


      The sky will fall if you don't vote now.

      If anyone wishes to view an additional Obama Youth video, which shows an old film of German children being indoctrinated with Hitlerism in their classrooms, click HERE.

      This second video is of a Rep. Brad Sherman saying that they are using 'panic' and Martial Law to pressure the House to pass the bail out bill.  It actually makes a lot of sense.  Want something done fast with no one having a lot of time to snoop into your 400+ page (phone book size) $700 billion bail out bill and find something sneaky slipped in there? Put them in a panic, turn up the pressure, tell them the sky is going to fall and brand them as 'unpatriotic' if they ask too many questions. I love it.  Politics is so dirty.


      And lastly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Israel is a 'stinking corpse' doomed to disappear. He wants to kill the Jews.  He wants to destroy Israel (the Little Satan).  Then he wants to destroy America (the Big Satan).  Iran's nuclear reactor must be destroyed as soon as possible BEFORE he can kill us Infidels.  

      It would be much more humane and merciful to the world if the reactor was destroyed first, before there could be retaliation on a nuclear scale from both sides. We must destroy their nuclear capability as soon as possible.