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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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      Cheshvan 24, 5768, 11/5/2007

      Rabin Memorial or Hatefest?

      by Tamar Yonah

      I don't know about you, but don't you think it is 'overkill' to observe what the Left has created?  They have made Yitzchak Rabin into a 'saint'. This last week, Saturday night,  a 'memorial' rally was held for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.  A previous memorial was held as well a week or so before on the Hebrew date of the Rabin murder.  TWO ceremonies, for one man, TWELVE years after his death. 

      The famous 'peace rally' minutes before Rabin was killed.

      Now, I didn't vote for Yitzchak Rabin for Prime Minister.  And I think his going after Oslo was a disaster (to say the least) for Israel.  But I would never have wished for a Jew to kill him.  If Yigal Amir, or anyone, wanted to kill someone to stop the Oslo Accords peace process, they'd be smarter to have taken retribution on the arch terrorist with the stubble on his face, not our own PM.  But what we see today in this 'fetish' with memorializing Yitzchak Rabin is not so much remembering this man, but more, a demonization of the Right Wing.

      Now, at the demonstration, just like the replay of the Rabin years, posters mysteriously turn up with  (this time) Peres in an Arab Kafiya. Except that we already know who was responsible for those ‘kafiyah’ posters last time, - Avishai Raviv who was an agent of the General Security Service of Israel.  The Right was set up and made to look like hate-mongers and nut cases.  Are we being set up again?  What Israeli on the RIGHT would be stupid enough to show up at a LEFT wing rally with a poster that we never made in the first place?

      Today, if anyone says anything negative about Rabin, they are intimidated and castigated by the LEFT.  Just look at this news piece where Peace Now wants a probe or investigation made into a soccer team because their fans voiced their true feelings about Rabin, which Peace Now didn’t like.

      “The left-wing Peace Now organization has demanded that a soccer club be probed because its team's fans booed the name of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin during a moment of silence before Sunday's game. Peace Now did not define what law the fans had broken.” 

      Do you believe what you are reading? They want a SOCCER team probed because their fans were not 'fans' of Rabin, the man who proclaimed as prime minister that his opponents could continue to "spin like propellers" as far as he was concerned, and said openly that he was Prime Minister of 98% of the nation, not the 2% who so strongly opposed him.  (Another version of his remarks has it that he said his job was to provide security to 98% of Israel's population.) Either way, one could see why he was not loved by lovers of the Land of Israel.  Yet the RIGHT are the intolerant and the hate-monger inciters. 
      Could you imagine seeing a U.S. president get up and make a speech that because Texas and Ohio didn’t vote for him, he was only the president of 48 states, and not all 50? Chutzpah!

      Could you imagine seeing a U.S. president get up and make a speech that because Texas and Ohio didn’t vote for him, he was only the president of 48 states, and not all 50?  Chutzpah!

      I am sorry if I sound overly bothered by this issue, but I am kind of tired being blamed for all the ills of the world.  It’s because of us Jewish lovers of Israel and Torah, that there is no world peace, and if we were only demonized enough, crushed, and put in our place, all would be well in the world.

      Oh, and by the way, I am trying to remember: were memorial rallies still taking place in the USA TWELVE years after JFK’s assassination?  I would have been 15 years old then, and I do not remember any giant memorial rallies held for Democrats or the American public, memorializing this man. 

      Of course, if I acted like the LEFT, and had famous Israeli musicians giving a free concert in the town square, I’d probably show up too!  (not really).  The memorial featured Israeli performers Aviv Geffen, Rami Kleinstein, Shayke Levi, Shlomi Shabat, Sarit Hadad, Ahinoam Nini AND OTHERS!  Gee, that’s a good way to get people to show up to whatever political agenda you have, just provide an out door FREE concert.  Never mind that the right wing garners bigger numbers at political rallies and we don’t have gala parties with a line up of the most famous singers in Israel, like THEY offer.

      I am sure some of the readers of this blog (and Oslo vicitms) could contribute in remembering other 'legacies' Saint Yitzchak' has left us with besides his quest for peace by piece. 

      A note to my LEFT wing brothers and sisters in Israel…  The RIGHT wing is not your enemy.  Look over at Gaza, Ramallah and the International community.  We can’t throw as great a party as their money can, but we will protect YOUR homes when it comes on the Condi ‘Rice -slice and dice’ chopping block. We are all brothers, we still love you, our land, and our heritage, and it’s time you knew who your REAL enemies were.

      Cheshvan 21, 5768, 11/2/2007

      Did King Solomon’s Navy Discover America?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Mystery Mountain, Los Lunas, New Mexico.  That’s where a fascinating find was discovered with the Hebrew inscription of the Ten Commandments.  What is amazing about this find, is that the ten commandments were written in a Hebrew script that is so ancient, it was last used around and up to the Babylonian expulsion.  This means it was probably written between 2,500-3,000 years ago!  How did this script, as well as the text of the ten commandments wind up in New Mexico, so many centuries ago?        “Over two thousand years before Columbus "discovered" America there were people of semitic origin in New Mexico worshipping the God of Israel. How can this possibly be reconciled with known history? It is seemingly apparent that the financial backing to launch a Hebrew-Phoenician voyage of world exploration could have readily occurred during the reign of King Solomon of Israel. Solomon worshipped the true God of Israel and had the means to fund explorative voyages to other lands. With Solomon's main port being located on the Red Sea it would be difficult to explain how his fleet would have entered America through the Atlantic drainage. ( Reference note: Kings I  9:26) :And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.

      Tarshish , however, had access to the Atlantic. The reign of Solomon was enveloping the entire world. Israel's close neighbor, Phonecia, and their expert navigators were working with the servants of Solomon  from both countries ports. The ships of Tarshish sailed extremely long voyages to bring back all kinds of raw materials and items (copper & other ores, flora & fauna samples, "exotic" animals, etc.). ( Reference note: Chronicles 2 -Chapter 9): For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks

      It would help explain the need of three year journeys if the seamen had to cross the ocean to come to these far off isles in America. The fact that the trading ships of Phoenicia did have docks in ancient America can be proved from inscriptions they left behind. The Los Lunas site is located along the Puerco River which is tributary of the Rio Grande River. The Rio Grande is definitely in the Atlantic drainage. It would have been  entirely possible for the Hebrew-Phonecian sailors to access the area of the stone.”

      So, did King Solomon’s navy discover America, bringing back exotic animals, plants, and rare minerals to Jerusalem?

      Could it be that this mystery rock was written by Jews who sailed to America in King Solomon’s navy?  Could it be that they taught certain tribes of native American Indians monotheism and morality?  Were these Jews sabbatical fly by night teachers, or did they go on permanent ‘shlichut’ (sent out as an ambassador)   to spread knowledge of the One True G-d and His Ten Commandments? Or could it have been that some Jews left the ship, going on an expedition, got stuck or stranded, missing the boat back? 
      1) Perhaps they were just late in getting back to meet the ship, and decided to leave a message for posterity’s sake, that Jews were here.
      2) Maybe they liked this new world, and joined, or were even kidnapped by Indians, and taught what they knew, and also left this message for us.

      Let is remember, there are many similarities in some Indian tribes, specifically the Cherokee nation, to Judaism.  The Cherokees were monotheistic, believing in one G-d.  They did not have idols (totem poles), some of their words in their language are similar to Hebrew, and they braided their hair in the manner which is similar to Jewish sidelocks (payot).  Some say the Cherokees emanated or mixed with Jews who escaped from Masada during the Roman siege on Israel. I don’t claim to know, rather, to wonder about this fascinating history.
      One might surmise that the Cherokee Indians were never in New Mexico, but we know that many Indian tribes migrated to different regions and let’s remember, that we are not talking about a couple of hundred years ago, rather a couple of THOUSAND years ago.  How do we know that they never dwelled or passed through the southwestern part of America?

      This mystery rock was written and left for us to discover. It is only the tip of the iceberg of some sort of Jewish influence in America many, many centuries ago.

      So, did King Solomon’s navy discover America, having been sent on missions to discover and bring back exotic animals, plants, and rare minerals like gold and silver? It would be fascinating to know what really happened.  

      Cheshvan 19, 5768, 10/31/2007

      Cut and Paste Biblical Style

      by Tamar Yonah

      I always tell people, if we lived in the time period of the Torah (Bible) our story and news today would have been recorded there, and people would have been studying us, our 'kings', leaders and the decisions we made.  

           "And the New King of Israel, Ehud Olmert was a king who was not beloved by his people.  He made alliances with other kings. Enemies of the Israelite People, yet the Israelite King kissed and embraced his enemies, supplied them with armory, and ceded land.  Woe unto the King of Israel for his folly and foolishness. It brought a great upheaval to the nation. The Children of Israel were expelled in the south of the land, and attacked in the North of the land.  They suffered under his leadership.  But there were some among them that clung to the Torah and the settling of the Land.  They were the People of Orange.  They believed in the Lord your G-d, and they built their cities.  They lived modestly, they prayed for the Temple of Hashem, and their children guarded the land.  They planted and built outposts. They sang and danced to the glory of Hashem your G-d.  The captains of the hosts came to cut open the heads of the children, and he sent his roaring long armed machines with spider legs to crush the homes that the Orange People built.  The people cried, how can our king do this to his servants?  But their cries fell on deaf ears, the supreme judges in the High Courts did not hear their cries and did not give them justice.  But the Orange Children did not lose faith in the Lord their G-d.  They continued to march to the high places where their cities once stood.  They vowed to rebuild the homes of their fathers and brothers.  The children, the Orange Children pursued, and they did not falter.  And in time, when the wicked ones thought they would de-throne G-d and take over His reign, and they would sit and look at their gold in their treasuries, and would not harken to what was righteous, their enemies who feigned to be their friends turned on them.  The children of Israel were afraid, as arrows from the sky rained down on them with thunderous noises as G-d wreaked His vengeance on those who turned away from Him.  But the Orange People and all who clung with faith to Hashem your G-d, did not fear.  They were comforted as G-d delivered justice on all the enemies of Israel, and the Erev Rav from amongst its people.  It was after this that the children of Israel who had strayed and known not their G-d, came to honor and praise Him. The Orange People and other G-d fearing Jews taught the righteous ways to their other brothers and sisters without fear of persecution or verbal attacks from the old King's guards. They taught with gladness and song, with dance and with loving kindness.  Then, together, all the People of Israel gathered together to rejoice in the Lord, and rebuild Israel's cities and G-d's Holy Temple. And peace, a real peace, reigned in the Good Land that the G-d of your forefather's gave you, to be a holy people."

      A young Jewish (Orange) woman defying Israeli security forces in Amona, Israel.
      AP's Oded Balilty

      Cheshvan 13, 5768, 10/25/2007

      The Moshiach – This Year? 5768

      by Tamar Yonah

      Those who like to dabble in Gematria and Torah Codes will be fascinated.  The Twin Towers, the War of Gog and Magog, U.S. President Bush, Iranian Leader Ahmadinejad, and all the latest news events that have taken place in the world have some interesting connections when Gematria is applied. 
      Could it be that the future event of the Moshiach coming, is also hidden in the Torah and revealed through some simple gematria equations?  Might the Moshiach come THIS YEAR? The year of 5768?  No one can predict this, and even if the gematria works out perfectly, we cannot use it or the Torah codes to predict the future. Therefore, though I am hopeful, I remain skeptical.  And yet, some of these things below seem uncanny.  You decide for yourself.  

      A request was sent to me to listen to a radio show called, LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS. This show apparently  broadcasts in the New Jersey area every 6 weeks or so, and is hosted by Joel Gallis and  Dr. Robert Wolf. The information below that you will be reading is based on what they said on their show.  
      Take a look at this:
      The Sept. 11th attack in the USA, found through the Torah codes intersect the word 'twin' with words like Towers, Bin Ladden, terror attack,  thousands of people, murders, etc

      The Gematria for 'the Twins' =  502
      The Gematria for Edom, which is the West =  51
      The Gematria for Ishmael, which is the East =  451
      51 + 451 = 502  - the same as the numerical value as 'the Twins'
      Is this alluding to the war between these two great powers, the Last War, the War of Gog and Magog?  Did the destruction of the twin towers mark the beginning of the last war? We learn that the Holy Kabbalist, the 'Ari'  (Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534 - July 25, 1572) a Jewish mystic in Safed.) stated that the Last War would begin on the holiday of Hoshana Raba.  It is quite interesting to note, that the first bombing attack on terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan, in retaliation for the Sept. 11th attack, happened on Oct. 8, 2001, which was Hoshana Raba. The year this happened, corresponded to the Hebrew year, 5762, the year following the shmita year of 5761. 
      According to the Vilna Gaon, the sign to know if a war is the 'Last War', it would take place on Hoshana Raba, the year AFTER a shmita year.  It did, in 5762.
      Now, let's examine these numbers:
      King David, the leader of Israel and the head of the line whom the Moshiach would come from, was born in the year 2854 from creation. 
      If one doubles that year, it comes out to 2854 x 2 = 5708.
      5708 on the Gregorian calendar = 1948, the birth of the Modern State of Israel.
      King David was anointed king in 2884.  If one doubles this year, it comes out to:
      2884 x 2 = 5768.  Could it be that the year 5768 THIS YEAR, is the year that we will see the King Moshaich, and be redeemed?
      Let us examine further...
      The years of the events above:
      Both end with the number '8'.  The number '8' in Judaism is a 'supernatural' number.  Perhaps these 'supernatural events' fall in these years ending with the number '8' because they were supernatural?
      Other years heralding in huge events that ended with the number '8' were:
      The covenant with Avraham
      Yaakov going down to Egypt
      Our redemption from Egypt
      The receiving of the Torah
      The death of Moshe Rabeinu (Moses)
      The establishment of the modern State of Israel
      They also state that the holy Kabalist Rav Kaduri Z"L was told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe that he would see the Moshiach before he died.  Rav Kaduri's closest aids said that he had apparently met with the one who is the Moshiach, on Nov. 4th, 2003, though we do not know whom he met with.  If indeed this is true and the holy rabbi met with the Moshiach, they claim that something cataclysmic must have happened that day to coincide with the event. Perhaps great light was revealed to the world, or a burst of light energy?  Well, on  Nov. 4th, 2003, mankind experienced the biggest solar flare explosion ever recorded, totally off the charts.
      They also claim, like others, that George W. Bush will be the last president of the United States.  They say that BUSH spelled backwards in Hebrew, (shin vuv bet) is SHUV, or 'return', and that in these End Days, the Jewish people, and all of us, need to repent and return to G-d.

      They didn't say in this program that Bush is Gog, from the war of Gog and Magog like many of the biblical scholars and researchers I have interviewed on my program, but many believe that George W.  Bush is Gog, and will lead the nations of the world (UN Troops, NATO, etc) against Jerusalem, coming from the north, against Israel and the Jews.  Iranian leader Ahmadinejad wants to annihilate us, and the West, and this also fits what our prophets fortell.
      I will try to get these 2 men who spoke about the gematria on my show for an interview. 
      Until then, if you'd like to hear the program yourself, go to their website and right click on the May 15th show, the third show down from the top.
      So, will the Moshiach (the Messiah) come on the scene THIS YEAR, in 5768?
      Again, I am on one hand a little skeptic. I have covered this topic for the last few years, yet at the same time, I am optimistic and hopeful.  What do you think?


      ****Readers Corner: (added Tuesday, Oct. 30th)

      Dan from Jerusalem writes me:
      News Update: Hadassah hospital: Nefesh Yehudi (A Jewish Soul) detected in PM
      Surgeons at Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem announced yesterday that a small Nefesh Yehudi had been detected in PM Olmert yesterday.  The Nefesh is microscopic, and is not expected  to cause any problems such as interfering with plans to expel 80,000 Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria.  However, to be safe, the doctors decided to remove it.

      Cheshvan 11, 5768, 10/23/2007

      Humor & Pot Luck

      by Tamar Yonah

      Sometimes I have items I want to post that don't really deserve to take up a whole blog entry.  I have decided to post them as add-ons.  That means, that you should should check my blogs frequently, as I will be adding on items to the present blog (last blog posted) and you may not want to miss these little gems.  I will also be making a 'Reader's Corner' where, if you have any pearls you'd like to send me, I can post them.  One reader, Dan from Herzelia, often sends me quite funny tid bits where he writes satires on today's news.  I will be posting them there as well.  Please participate and send me your own, and I can then post them if appropriate.

      Now, for some fun. These are some things I thought up, and would love for you to send me your own.

      Shortest Books Ever Written:  (Some, only Israelis will understand and laugh at. Sorry.)

      Safe Sex - by Yasser Arafat
      Minding My own Business - by Condeleeza Rice
      Things I Like About The Jews - by Iranian Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinajad
      Standing On My Own Two Feet - by P.A. Leader, Mahmood Abbas
      How To Be A Model Prime Minister - by Ehud Olmert
      Intelligent Strategies for Foreign Affairs - by Tzippi Livni
      My Beauty Secrets - by Yuli Tamir
      How To Stop Rocket Attacks - by Former Defense Minister, Amir Peretz
      The Art of Knowing When to Go - by Shimon Peres
      Why You Can Trust Me - by Bibi Netanyahu
      Why BB Loves Me - by Moshe Feiglin
      Learning From My Mistakes - by Ehud Barak
      Without Daddy's Help - by George W. Bush
      Things I Love About Israel - by Bar Rafaeli, co-authored by Avraham Burg
      There's More to Blogging Than Sex and Aliyah - Tzvi Fishman (Just joking Tzvi)
      Things I Don't Like About Myself - Tovia Singer                         
      Things I Like About Tovia - Tamar Yonah (ha ha ha - We are really good friends folks, don't worry, it's all tongue in cheek)

      Add your own 'shortest book' ideas.  Post them blow in the COMMENT section.

      Reader's Corner:

      News Items from Dan:

      Palestinian delegation no-shows in Annapolis
      The Palestinian delegation failed to show up at the talks in Annapolis.  After a few phone calls, it turned out that the members of the delegation were told that the conference would be in "A-Nablus," so they expected that the conference would be held in the city of Shechem.
      Car-parts harvesting season begins in the Palestinian Authority, but ...
      The car-parts harvesting season, one of the important events in life-cycle of the Palestinians, begins this week in the Palestinian Authority, when every night Arab youths go into Jewish cities and "liberate" the parts from the automobiles of the Zionist occupiers and sell them to the chop-shops in Hevron. 
      However it will not be a festive day for Shareef Omar, 65, of Kalkiliya, and manager of a car-parts harvesting business. His sons will not be able to work at the Palestinians' traditional livelihood because they will be stopped by the fence or security barrier.
      The Longest Speech
      The year 2015:  the Guiness world's record for the longest speech is broken, when Ehud Olmert's cell-mate asks him, "What are you in here for ?"