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Av 28, 5767, 8/12/2007
There is something to say for wearing uniforms. Though I am an individualist ( I love Ayn Rand's books), uniforms have their place. I remember when I was a soldier in the Israeli Army many years ago. I was proud to wear that uniform. I knew I was protecting the Jewish People in our own homeland, and I was proud to serve. I know that's old fashioned thinking, but back in the old days, we still had the values of honor, idealism, and service to others.
Tamar, marching in parade in Jerusalem 1980
Enough of memory lane.
All uniforms should have a label on the front upper part of their shirt pocket. This label should have their name on it, their postion, and under their name it should have written on it, 'PUBLIC SERVANT'. I think that our politicians should have this constant reminder of who they are supposed to be serving in their job. If they have really big egos, and are narcissists , they will look at themselves every time they pass a mirror. Seeing that label staring back at them may jolt them out of their personal ambitions. I doubt it, but hey, you gotta try.
Av 24, 5767, 8/8/2007
I see by the emails I have received and some of the talk backs below, that I have depressed some people, making them feel utterly hopeless, and defeated, and against making aliyah.
It is true that the government has an army and police force at it's disposal. It is true that they are better organized to rally up thousands of forces with full battle gear and bring them to anywhere in Israel they want, to enforce their political agendas. So how are we to fight them if we Jews who are faithful to Torah and the Land of Israel, don't allow ourselves to act by the same rules? While the State's forces go in to intimidate, scare, crack heads, expell and arrest protestors, we go in playing by defensive tactic rules. We don't use guns, we don't use knives, we have no intent to kill, we have no battle gear, we sing songs and lock arms, and struggle wildly when being jerked away and pulled out of our G-d given land. Perhaps, some will throw eggs, oil and flour on the police and soldiers, as if they wanted to make a cake, but we don't play by the same rules. Whether one believes in this type of non-violent resistance, or not, is another matter, and one too serious for me to write in a blog without deep discussion first with a rabbi well learned in Torah, and with a particular and deep love for the Land of Israel. -And even if one believed in using violence against our police and security forces, these protestors aren't equipped with what the IDF has at it's disposal.
Israel is my home, and even with the bickering and ideological differences in our Jewish society, I know that if G-d forbid a war were to occur here in Israel, all the barriers and differences would melt in a second. Tzahal (the IDF) would be all our boys, and the People of Israel would come together. It happened last year during the 2nd Lebanon war, as it happens for every war. Secular Jewish men from Tel Aviv fight and even die to protect Israel, as do religious men, side by side. Because after one peels off the exterior layers, we are all one. All brothers and sisters.
Av 22, 5767, 8/6/2007
Is it the need to be loved, the desire for acceptance, or the personal greed for power and big bank accounts that is steering this country into the depths of the abyss?
How can it be that our Government Ministers seem to want to castrate the IDF and bring in foreign troops to patrol our borders and keep the peace? Isn't one of the reasons we established the Modern State of Israel, so that we would have our own army, and never ever have to rely on the nations of the world to protect us again?
Is this a representative of the People? A man who seems not to have a problem that families in YESHA get massacred in their communities? ...This is our president today.
Our leaders can't find money to re-settle our own refugees from Gush Katif. They are still rotting in make shift trailer homes. Our own Holocaust survivors have to march in protest, because they can't even afford their medicines that they need in their old age, and our leaders can't seem to find the funding for them. But we have the means to absorb 300 Sudanese Moslems every week? None of these Sudanese refugees are Jewish, and none of these people want to become Jews.
Av 21, 5767, 8/5/2007
Jerusalem Post Front page, Friday Aug. 3, 2007
"U.S. Push for Statehood" ... "Mayhem On The Mississippi"
Do the leaders of America bring disaster upon the innocents of America, as they brings disater upon the innocents of Israel?
Are we allowed to put two and two together, or is this audacious and disgusting for us to do such a thing?
Note: Rabbi Lazer Brody from www.LazerBrody.net of the LazerBeams Blog mentioned on my Sunday Show that Condoleezza Rice wants to separate the 'West Bank' (her term for Judea & Samaria) from Israel, so perhaps Hashem, G-d, is showing her that he can easily separate the 'West Bank' of the Mississippi from the 'East Bank'. - Not a punishment, but perhaps a lesson to learn?
I also had a guest on my show named Bill Koenig. He wrote a book called, Eye to Eye - Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel, in which he documents measure for measure the acts of the USA's pressure on Israel to give up her G-d given land to terrorists, and the natural disasters and catastrophies that plagued America approximately the same time they pressured Israel. What are your comments? I'm Interested in what you think.
Av 18, 5767, 8/2/2007
Maybe it was because I was standing on the mountain top. Maybe it was the addition of the quiet, with just the wind blowing and a soft flapping of tattered Israeli flags waving in the background that struck me . But the scars were there, and they were not healing. Amona. I went to Amona today.
The entrance to Amona. A boulder with the Hebrew letters in black. A bus stop is nearby, showing that the main bus comapny Egged recognizes this place and gives service to it.
What surprised me is the fact that there was so much life up there. When you first drive in, it is just FILLED with trailer homes and families. That surprised me, as I didn't expect all the 'life' there, after the demolition. These families are true pioneers, and what I love about them, is that they have VISION, they see the future, and they are tough enough to withstand the present.
Standing up on the top of the mountain of Amona, I showed my kids how important it was that we have this area. A 360 degree periphery of the surrounding area is seen from there. The communtiy of Ofra, the Tel Aviv area, and all of the surrounding Jewish communities. If the arabs sat up here, it could be a launching pad for terrorists to aim rockets down on our homes, schools and roads, where families are traveling.
Above Photo: Temporary caravans (trailer homes) of Amona's residents.
The community of Ofra with hundreds of families, schools, high schools and roads. All targets and within shooting and rocket range.
Graffiti which states, "I came to this land to build" and "Olmert is following (or continues) Sharon".
What is important to notice in this photo above, which is not seen well, unfortunately, is the upper right homes on the neighboring mountain. Those are Arab homes. I thought to myself, the Arabs, --they can build, and live there. But not the Jews.
What is important here, is that the Jews had almost all the permits and legal work finished on their homes they built in Amona. They only did not receive the final signature from the defense minister. A signature. ...A lousy signature.
These homes (above) were the new (9) homes built by the 'Orange People' - residents of Amona. They had the permits... the electric company came and supplied lines, and other infrastructure was put in. They say that Peace Now made trouble, and now -- there is no more. Who funds Peace Now? Is it from FOREIGN outside groups? If so, is this not infiltration and sabotage into Israel domestic matters by the enemies of the Land of Israel?
Driving along the road, the destruction is seen.
I wasn't prepared for it. Yes, I saw it on the news. Yes, my son described it to me. Yes, I saw it in photos, and on youtube. ...One can't know, till they've been there. I got out of my car. I couldn't help it, I started to curse. I admit it. It just came out... "Da--n Olmert! Da--n, da--n, da--n". I was overtaken by the devastation. And you know what? You reading this piece will probably say, "Seen it before Tamar, what's the big deal?" But I am telling you, a picture, no picture does it justice. You had to be there, see, absorb. It was finally absorbed!
This happened less than 2 years ago. But the scars are still fresh. What surprised me, is the spirit of these people. After the tragedy, after the beatings, after the destruction, an Israeli flag was perched on a pole onto every mound of where a house stood, now stuck in the wreckage.
What stubbornly in-love people these are. The wind has weathered the flags, some now just a hint of the proud blue and white, sheared from the wind.
One after another, home after home. Destruction. The mark of Olmert, one of his legacies. Yet, each mound holds a tattered flag of Israel. These people have the strength, and VISION.
...and a next generation.