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Tammuz 18, 5768, 7/21/2008
Our generation likes to talk.
I think with the great forms of communication we enjoy today, we have already understood the 'message' our enemies have sent us. They have stated over and over again that they do not, and will never, recognize us. They have stated they want to throw us into the sea. They have stated that we are not humans, rather apes and pigs, swine, etc. They have told us that they will liberate the land with blood and fire. They have told us that they will continue to kill us and are justified in doing so. What more do we need to talk about? Talk, talk, talk, yada, yada, yada. Could the Western Allies talk with the Nazis? Sometimes talk is cheap. Sometimes talk is shameful.
I think that this video below that was recently shown on Israel's Documentary channel shows how talking got this Jewish mother nowhere. There's a time for talk, a time for action. Watch these three clips below in order.
I am skipping now to the last part of the documentary. For those that want to watch all the parts, they can go HERE.
Talk, talk, talk. They state they will never surrender, but the Nazis did when they were crushed by the allies and they could not continue their evil. Today, the world is a better place because of that defeat. Defeating this next evil empire of these Islamic terrorist crazies is the world's next challange. Talk is cheap.
Tammuz 13, 5768, 7/16/2008
Two years ago on July 12, 2006, a little after 8am, the Hezbollah terror organization launched rocket attacks on northern Israel sending its civilians screaming and running to their bomb shelters. As this deadly diversion was taking place, the Hezbollah orchestrated their other intent - a raid across the Lebanese border into Israel to kill and kidnap. See video below of Arabic news showing the footage of the attack and kidnapping.
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Two Israeli armored Humvees that were patrolling on the Israeli side when the Hezbollah fired rockets at them. All in all, 8 IDF soldiers were killed. IDF Master Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and First Sergeant Eldad Regev were kidnapped, and carried off into a waiting vehicle on the border, where they were loaded and driven away.
Olmert took Israel to war for the explicit purpose to free Israel's kidnapped soldiers, and eliminate the Hezbollah and its ability to strike at Israel's population centers. It failed in both attempts.
In a more perfect world, Israel would have gotten their pilots into jets, loaded with bombs, and flown over the terrorist's celebratory welcome , annihilating the whole Hezbollah army, including Samir Kuntar (yimach shmo), and all their supporters.
How good that would have felt for the Israeli people to instill a little bit of pride back into their hearts. Our soldiers who were fighting 2 years ago in Lebanon told Olmert that they didn't want him to make a deal with the Hezbollah. They said they wanted to continue fighting until the Hezbollah was defeated and could not launch attacks against Israel and our people anymore. Olmert didn't let them. And so, the war is still not over. Our enemies are just re-arming.
Israel would be justified in bombing the Hezbollah/Kuntar celebrations. The West is supposedly involved in fighting a war on terrorism for goodness sake! So who could complain? Iran? Syria? Saudi Arabia? So flippin what!
All those who attended the celebrations were the Hezbollah and their supporters. We had thousands of Hezbollah supporters and soldiers in one place, as well as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hizbullah. A better invitation could not have been given. The Israeli government could and should have bombed, bombed, bombed their celebrations. The thousands of Hezbollah soldiers who will soon be fighting us again, could have been eliminated in one major fell swoop. It would have been a blessing for the world.
Tammuz 8, 5768, 7/11/2008
As the whole world condemns Israel and tries to tell us where we can live and where we can build, and the naysayers of aliyah trash Israel, her people, and our future, the 'salt of the earth Jews' continue on.
We have been through many difficult times in our long history. We have had many bad kings who worshipped idols or leaders who sold out to be hellenists, but it was always the 'salt of the earth Jews' who modestly & quietly continued on. They continued. They continued to live in Israel through corrupt king-ships, continued to live on through occupation by foreign powers and continued to live on through other 'tough times'. They stayed. They had children. They built homes, established towns, schools, and commerce. They kept this country alive with Jewish life. They didn't throw in the towel and all voluntarily leave to go and live in other host countries, to plant their futures there. It is because of our ancestors that stayed here and continued life and built for the future, that we had a home to come back to.
The Land of Israel waits for you!
It is in this altruistic and faithful measure that we see the wondrous and miraculous light shining forth from Israel. Her people today continue on, marry, have children, work in the sciences, agriculture, and other fields that lay the foundation for the future, and the coming of Moshiach (Messiah) - may it come speedily in our days.
You may view here below, something that I believe is exciting and wonderful that brought tears of joy to my eyes. As we trudge through the daily drudge of politics, the people of Israel are working towards the future by preparing the way for the third Temple. In this video below, you will see the Temple Institute headed by people such as Rabbi Ariel and Rabbi Chaim Richman (who has a radio show on Israel National Radio called TEMPLE TALK) making the clothes for the Priests who will (soon?) be serving in the Temple. Even the secular media turned up for it. You will see a woman in a cap-sleeved Tshirt asking questions about what they are doing.
It is very exciting to see, and if you take the time to check out the website of The Temple Institute, you will see they are also in the process of re-creating the vessels of the Holy Temple.
This is a very exciting time, and we must not lose faith and hope in these dirty political days. We have been through worse and have come out of it. We can surely get through Olmert and Co. and believe our prophets when they say we WILL have a third Temple and we WILL merit the Moshiach. All we have to do is what G-d tells us: possess the Land, be fruitful and multiply, keep the commandments, and Love Thy G-d with all they heart, with all they soul and with all thy might.
ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 27TH OF SIVAN (JUNE 30TH), the Temple Institute and enthusiastic guests celebrated the Inauguration of The Institute’s New Workshop for Priestly Garments. The shop has been equipped with a cutting table for spreading and cutting the fabric according to pattern and size of each individual kohen. (Each garment will be custom designed and fitted.) Industrial strength sewing machines have also been purchased, and ironing equipment for ironing and blocking the finished garments. The shop will be overseen by the Institute’s chief haberdasher, Aviad Jeruffi. The ceremony included the taking of measurements from the first two kohanim, (priests), to be outfitted since the destruction of the Holy Temple 1,938 years ago, the distinguished Rabbis Nachman Kahane and Shlomo Riskin.
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Tammuz 3, 5768, 7/6/2008
Was he just a misunderstood Arab that was involved in a traffic accident, a crime of passion, or was he a monster of a man coming from a monstrous family?
According to this news report from Al Jazeera as well as an article from the Jerusalem Post, we see a picture is painted of a very bad man and a family to match.
It seems that Husam Taysir Dwayat, the terrorist driver of the tractor that murdered 3 innocent people was:
1) A rapist
2) A drug addict
3) A wife beater
4) A man who committed statutory rape -He apparently married a (14 years old?) child and got her pregnant soon after.
5) A short tempered and violent individual.
6) His mother, an Arab from the eastern part of Jerusalem stood on her roof top after her son committed this terror attack and proclaimed him a 'shahid', a martyr.
According to a couple of different articles from Israeli newspapers, the terrorist was convicted of raping a Jewish woman and got two years for that violent crime. The woman he raped was his former girlfriend. She is reported to have stated that he smoked a lot of drugs and that they broke up "because Dwayat became abusive. ...He would really hit me hard, but I still loved him. I was willing to convert to Islam for him," she said.
As well, it is reported that he has/had a wife in his village who is only 20 years old, but has two children by him, a 3 year old and 5 year old, which would have made him marry her at the young age of 14 or 15.
His father and brother are saying this was all a mistake, that he was not a terrorist. But of course, if you didn't want your home bulldozed down, you would probably sing the same song. The mother of the family though yodeled out "Shahid, Shahid, Shahid!" (see 2 minute + video of mother shouting from her home)
Something isn't in sinc here. Either it was a crime of passion, or he was a shahid. What conversations went on in that household, that the son would one day go out and kill innocent people, and the mother would go in public and proudly proclaim her son to be a martyr? A family that justified terrorism and sympathized with terrorists. See this new update: "Muslim Clerics Told Tractor Killer to Act": Muslim clerics visited the home of the tractor terrorist in the weeks before the attack and convinced him to carry out a "heroic act," . Shahid! Shahid! Shahid!
So was Husam Taysir Dwayat a misunderstood Arab, or a monstrous terrorist? I believe he answered this question with his last words. They were, "Allahu Akbar!" - "Allah is the greatest".
Sivan 30, 5768, 7/3/2008
It was bound to come about. The dream of Bush, Olmert and all the others in the International Community who want to see Jerusalem divided. This could be their dream come true. Get the people to beg for dividing the city.
First off, I want to state here that I am a person who likes facts. I have heard different conspiracy theories for many years, but I never believed them unless I saw proof. I like proof. I don't like to BELIEVE people. I am a Jew who is part Litvak and I need logic and facts. My family is made up of academics (my father and two brothers all hold PhDs in the sciences) and I too was brought up to examine things rationally. However being the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and hearing my father's stories of Jabotinsky coming and trying to warn the Jews to get out, but no one would listen, with people calling Jabotinsky an alarmist and conspiracy nut, I have learned to listen. Yes, I listen. That doesn't mean that I accept everything. If it sounds logical, then I want to see facts to back it up. However, sometimes a first step is an inclination, a gut feeling. This inclination then follows by asking questions, doing intensive research and gathering indisputable facts.
I have NO facts for what I want you all to churn around in your heads. I am stating this now. NO FACTS. However, I would like you to consider these interesting details below and keep it in mind for the future....
1) Does it not make you wonder that after a long quiet of major terror attacks in Jerusalem, almost all carried out by Arabs from Judea and Samaria, that all of a sudden an attack is made on the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem (western part) and was perpetrated by an Arab that lives in the 'eastern' part of Jerusalem? This Arab could have struck at Jewish targets much closer to their own neighborhood, yet they went to the Western entrance of the city to carry out the attack.
2) Several weeks later, another terror attack in Jerusalem (July 2, 2008), again by an Arab from the 'eastern' part of the city, carried out in the 'western' part of the city.
3) The two terrorists who perpetrated these attacks were related. It would be interesting to find out if these two related men had anything on them (by intelligence agencies ?) to get them to make these attacks and stir up trouble, bringing the western/eastern topic to the forefront.
4) The following day of the attack, headlines are splashed across papers stating that the people want a separation between eastern and western Jerusalem - for their safety.
I believe that this 'debate' will now be seen in news stories more and more, coming from a population that is being duped into believing that it is best for their security and safety, sending them into a whirlwind of fear if they DON'T separate from the eastern part of the Holy City.
How convenient for those who wish to see a divided Jerusalem.
Intimidate the public, instill in them fear, and get the people to BEG for the city to be divided.
If anyone hasn't seen the fictional movie called V for Vendetta, they should go and rent it. One of my favorite lines from the film was, "People shouldn't be afraid of their Governments. Governments should be afraid of their People."
And that's the way the ball bounces. What great psychology to use against a population IF this is true. I suggest we keep our eye on the ball and see what transpires. Somehow, I can't help thinking this could be all too convenient for those who want Jerusalem divided. Now, I'd like to see facts, one way or another, to answer this question.