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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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      Nissan 6, 5768, 4/11/2008

      Magic Carpets and Miracles

      by Tamar Yonah

      Getting away from the glitz, glamour and the red carpets of the political world, I thought we should take a spin to the places where the real people live.

      Ebay and Youtube are both spheres where the little guy can spill his guts, or sell his wares.  I find both these sites everlastingly new and interesting.  Thanks to my readers that send me these links.

      Here’s an item of interest that you may like to bid for. 


      This is a Magic Kabalistic Miracle Doormat!
      It is guaranteed to stop more dirt! People notice this one much better than other doormats & wipe their feet cleaner!
      Guess why?
      It is 3' x 4' beautiful hand-made Doormat that definitely adds character to any fine residence, offices, etc.
      Made of quality Stainmaster with soft backing. Will not scratch wood floors. No edge stitching. Heavy! Weighs about 3 lbs. Ships rolled (outside). Before use, needs to lay 'relaxed' to get flat again.

      Some leftists and other terrorism supporters may go crazy... so let them stomp on it!
      Huge discounts to Dr.Condoleeza Rice & State Dept. Magic Carpet will help reduce taxpayer's expenses by keeping Federal Office floors cleaner!  Startng bid: US $14.99  Click HERE.

      Someone please let me know the results, if he sold and for how much, ok?

      And Youtube: 
      “Searching For My Father  - Michael Elbaz”
      He states: “Please help me circulate this video, so maybe I can be heard, and a miracle could happen, Thank you so much.” 

      Taking the kid for his word, let's try to help him. Does anyone know any people with the last name Elbaz ( a common last name) here in Israel or the USA/Canada?  If so, ask them if they have a relative named Michael, Micky, Michi, or whatever other form of name ‘Michael’ can be turned into.  Then, let Derek know.  Maybe he can chase down any leads.  I'd also like to know of any follow up here.

      Hey, should I do a vlog and post it here?  Looks like fun. 

      Shabbat shalom.

      Nissan 2, 5768, 4/7/2008

      The False Prophets

      by Tamar Yonah

      I happen to be reading in the book of  Jeremiah (Yirmiahu) at this time. The story of Jeremiah is depressing, but so telling in what we are experiencing today.

      Jeremiah is a prophet who was told by G-d that King Tzedkiyahu (Zedekiah) and all of the Kingdom of Judea would be defeated and taken over by Nebuchadnezer, the king of Babylonia.  But no one wanted to believe him.  Instead, the king and the people wanted to believe false prophesies telling them they would defeat the Babylonian armies and see a victory.  This ‘false prophesy’ was the exact opposite of what G-d was relaying to us through Jeremiah.  But who wants to believe in a depressing prophesy of gloom and doom, when you have OTHERS promising you victory and having your dreams come true?  And what happened to poor Jeremiah, the humble and true prophet of G-d?  They threw him into prison where he rotted until he was taken away into exile with the rest of his people, just as he had predicted. 

                At present, we are experiencing something very similar, and we should take heed of the message from the book of Jeremiah.  Today we also have ‘false prophets’ who promise the People of Israel PEACE.  They say things like, “If we only we forget about Torah, forget our past, forget history, we can march towards a great future filled with peace and prosperity.  What about G-d?  G-d makes people crazy.  Science and technology are the future!  You want peace?  Listen to us then.  We must give our land to enemies. We must arm our enemies. We must prop up the enemy leader and make him look strong.  We must release convicted terrorists to make good will. The enemy will grant us peace from all of this.  This path is our only hope.  No other solution is possible.  We must go this route.”

      False prophet # 1 is Shimon Peres.  This is a man who promises peace if we just got rid of history and looked towards a borderless new world.  Please watch this video below where he actually tells Jewish youth to forget about history, because history is’ irrelevant’.  The video shows him telling our youth NOT to listen to their parents and teachers!  We learn from the Torah that parents and teachers are to be shown respect and honor.  They possess wisdom and life experience.  These adults have nourished, cared for, and invested time and money into these children, and they do it to make them the best future adults they can be.  Yet,  Mr. Peres tells our youth NOT to listen to them, and to go their OWN way.  He wants them to follow his vision of a New World Order that has no borders, no nation states, no history, and no G-d.  


      Click above to watch 11 minute video.  Then tell me what you think.

      Adar Bet 29, 5768, 4/5/2008

      They Want to Convince Me To Sell Out

      by Tamar Yonah

      Well, I received a SECOND letter in the mail from the left wing Bayit Ehad (One Home) people asking me to fill out forms that I would be willing to sell out and leave my home.  Bayit Ehad is reported as being pushed by certain left wing knesset members who want to give up our land to the Arabs. They send their letters to Jews living beyond the 'security fence' in Judea & Samaria, not to the Arabs.  Apparently they don’t want to even consider a plan for Arab emigration, only the Jews need to be ethnically cleansed from our biblical homeland. 

      Our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never walked down the streets of Tel Aviv.  The city didn’t exist until the last century.  However, they did walk the roads in Judea & Samaria.  In fact, Bet El could boast a sign saying that “Jacob slept here”.   People living in YESHA (Judea & Samaria) are not living in ‘settlements’.  We are living in ‘RE-settlements’.  We are back here after years of the land being neglected.  Once beautiful towns and agricultural fields have turned to weeds and rocky, uninhabital terrain since the Jews were taken out in Exile. But now we have been brought back and have re-established Jewish life where we lived so many years before.  Hostile terrain is gone, and new homes have been built. Children are again playing in the streets, laughter and gaiety is heard from their mothers standing and talking to one another. Schools and libraries and general life has returned to where our ancestors once lived and thrived.  ...But I digress.
         One of the many RE-settlements in Judea & Samaria. Jewish life is back to stay.

      Getting back to the letter that I and my neighbors received, we notice that it was sent in a  blue and white envelope, making it ‘look’ very patriotic.  Ha!

      Sorry folks, I just can’t stop laughing.

      If you are a resident in Judea and Samaria, and have received this letter full of forms for you to fill out with a note on their stationary trying to convince you they are doing this because they care about YESHA residents and want to enable you to move to what they claim are the true, legal borders of Israel, - don’t throw it in the waste basket.  The forms come with a pre-paid postage that they will be charged for, if it is put in the mail.  People here are saying to take the forms, (they say you can draw a giant ‘X’ on the forms or you can just write them ‘lo todah’ (no thank you) about them trying to buy you out, and put it in the envelope and send it off to them.

      Wouldn’t that be great seeing their offices flooded with envelopes they paid postage for, and in them were X-ed out forms? 

      I can’t wait to send mine back to them!  ... and they were hoping I would sell out.

      Adar Bet 26, 5768, 4/2/2008

      Libby Kahane: Wife of Rabbi Meir Kahane

      by Tamar Yonah

      Libby Kahane, wife of Rabbi Meir Kahane z"l, joined me in the Arutz 7 studio on Tuesday for an indepth interview.  She wrote a book (more like an encyclopedia) on the life and teachings of her husband.  She documents his history from even before he was born delving into his yichus (family line) where you learn about his father and mother, and his upbringing.  She includes over 30 pages of glossy photographs which can often give a person insight into his life, and the times many of us grew up in.  These photos speak more than words ever can.  You might even find yourself in some of those photos if you were ever at one of his demonstrations.

      The book which you all should order, is entitled, "RABBI MEIR KAHANE: His Life and Thought (Volume One: 1932-1975)".  The book is over 700 pages and is chock full of stories that will entrance and inspire you.  She has already gathered most of her research together for volume II, which will cover the period from 1975 and beyond, but is still looking for people to email her with personal memories and stories about her husband. (See below for email address)

      To look at Rabanit Libby Kahane is so un-telling.  She looks like most any grandmother, soft, unassuming, and yet a strength and power oozes out of her.  She had to be strong, she was married to Rabbi Meir Kahane!  She fed the man, physically and spiritually (though she may not like me praising her so).  She raised his children, and was the anchor of Jewish life in the home.  During the week as he was out saving the Jewish people, trying to shake them awake from their comfortable American stupor life styles, it was she who held the internal fort. They had 4 children together and much of the time she was a de-facto single mother, raising them when her husband was not home or had to sit in jail for his JDL (Jewish Defense League) activities. Though their father was absent, they found comfort from his letters he sent from prison.      Photograph from the book:
      Rabbi Meir Kahane, Libby Kahane, and one of their sons, Binaymin.
        Both her husband and son were eventually killed by Arab bullets.

      In the interview, she described one of the profound points he hammered home to his family explaining why his children could be proud of their father, even though he was not able to be with them.  You’ll have to listen to the interview to hear what he wrote them, and read the book to understand the meaning behind those words.

      Libby’s book about her husband lets one peer into what drove Rabbi Kahane to roll up his sleeves and make headlines.  It shows us all how we can leave our cushioned world that we built for ourselves and enter the real world unprotected by our neighborhood boundaries and familiar, comfortable daily-life routines. --- It’s all in the decisions we make. 

      This book shows, that HOW we choose to behave, makes the difference between an average person and one who becomes a mover and shaker.  Rav Kahane, even after he became a rabbi, had to supplement his family’s income.  Reading the book, Libby tells of the time when he was a sports writer, a taxi driver, and did the mundane things any ‘average’ person would take on to get extra income.  He even worked delivering news papers to supplement his family’s income.  And yet, not having any more super powers than you or I were born with, he rose above one’s mundane life and changed the course of history, whether it was local anti-Semitism on New York streets, or the plight of soviet Jews, or making aliyah and eventually getting voted into the Knesset and shaking up Israeli politics.

      And he did get people’s attention.  After starting the JDL and showing the world Jews, not with books and pencils, but with baseball bats ready to pound anti-Semite's heads in, you either loved the man or hated him -as many mainstream Jewish establishments did.  He exposed these Jewish federations for their impotence in really helping the Jewish people other than opening community centers and claiming to be the voice of American Jewry (my interpretation). They weren't his only foes. Arabs feared and hated him, and in the interview, you will hear my first words ever spoken to Rabbi Meir Kahane when I met him in 1978, regarding these Arabs. 

      I asked Rabbanit Libby about losing both her husband and youngest child, Binyamin, to Arab bullets.  Her answers were of steel, and you will have to listen to the interview to find out what she said, and wait for Volume II to read about it all in even more detail. (Volume one covers up to 1975.)

      I believe that for us, the main thrust of her ten years of documentation and research into this book of Rav Kahane’s life,  basically points to this: What legacy will we leave here on Earth when our time comes to meet our maker?  We see how, though Rabbi Kahane died over a decade ago, he still lives on today.  He predicted so many of the troubles we now face today in the world.  You see the acknowledgment of his foresight and wisdom by Israelis today through the graffiti sprawled on walls all over Israel:  “Kahane was right”.

      FYI, I thought you might enjoy viewing this debate between Rabbi Kahane and Ehud Olmert which took place about 20 years ago.  Who would have imagined that one day Ehud Olmert would be Prime Minister?

      Getting back to the book, if you want to leave your safe, but doldrum life, without leaving your La-Z-Boy recliner, this book will take you there.  It will surely touch you on the inside and make you a better person, Jew or Gentile. 
      Buy this book. Click HERE (or look for it at your book stores). By next week or so, you should be getting it in the mail. It will be your 'Passover' present to yourself or a loved one.  … And if you were ever involved with the JDL or Rabbi Kahane, you just might find yourself in the photos included in the book or in her lengthy index of people she mentions who intersected with Rav Kahane’s life.

      p.s.  If you have a personal memory, photo, or story to tell about the Rav Kahane Z”L, please write it down and email the Rabbanit Libby Kahane at:  MrsLkahan@yahoo.com She just might include it in her next book, Volume II.

      Adar Bet 22, 5768, 3/29/2008

      When is the Price Too High for Your Beliefs?

      by Tamar Yonah

      The website called LIVE LEAK.com has removed the film FITNA by Dutch film maker Geert Wilders due to threats on the safety of their staff members.  The movie shows Islam as a violent and intolerant religion, with graphic footage to support its claims. Clips of sermons inside mosques are shown calling for cutting off the heads of Jews, and jihadic calls for taking over the world.  (Those who are upset about Barak Obama's former minister Reverend Wright preaching anti-American rhetoric should be hopping mad after viewing FITNA.)  Terror scenes perpetrated on Europeans were also shown with much graphic detail. The movie was also interspersed with verses from the Koran which encourage the killing of Jews and other non-believers of Islam, which is probably YOU, reading this.

       Much of the footage in the film was very graphic and bloody, all showing real life events.  Photos were shown of Moslem demonstrators holding signs supporting the Islamic take-over of the world and touting another holocaust worse than the one we experienced in WWII.  Before the film was released there were already fears that violent demonstrations in the Netherlands, and possibly around the world would take place, reminiscent of the violent demonstrations by Muslims after a disparaging cartoon of Muhammad was published in the Danish newspaper 'Jyllands-Posten' back in 2005. Wikipedia states, "This previous violence resulted in the burning of the Danish embassy in Syria and other acts of violence around the world, including the murder of a Catholic nun and people from several different religions, including Muslims." 

      If you follow the original link to view the movie FITNA, this is what you will now see:

      The Removal of ‘FITNA’
      Official LiveLeak Statement


      While understanding that these threats are very disturbing and intimidating (as anyone who has gotten a death threat can attest to), where is that invisible line where one decides that standing by their principles and beliefs are just too heavy a price to bear?

      Isn’t standing up for one’s beliefs the thing that makes man different than animals?  Willing to fight and even die for one’s principles is what makes a man a man.

      If the threats received to LIVE LEAK staff were from  the Nazis, would people be more enraged and brave enough to take a stand?  And if so, would it only be because today they (the Nazis) are too weak to scare people off?  In the early 1940's, the Allies stood up against the Nazi threat, and fought for their freedom.  But that was another world, another time, when honor and integrity still thrived.  Today, we have become soft, lazy, and spoiled.  There are few people today like Abraham who would be willing to walk into a pit of fire for their beliefs.

      This brings me to one of the most disturbing things of all in this whole episode.  It is the fact that the West is cowering and not standing up to these Islamic thugs making the threats.  While making my best effort not to judge those who received these death threats, we have to recognize that just a ‘threat’ has already silenced these people.  Many Muslims are willing to kill and die for THEIR beliefs.  Some Muslim parents are even ready, and do, sacrifice their own children as they go out on suicide (homocide) bomb missions, just to kill non-Muslims.  In the meantime, we in the West shake in the knees and are willing to give up our beliefs for the fear of being hurt, attacked, or killed. 

      If this is the case, if we cower and submit out of fear, and are not willing to stand up and sacrifice for our beliefs, -- and they are, then who will win this religious war that has been thrust upon us?