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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Kislev 6, 5770, 11/23/2009

      Jerusalem to Berlin: No Regrets

      Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman opened his mouth:-

      "We greatly regret the recent decision to allow the construction of new homes in East Jerusalem," spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told reporters at a regular news conference.

      "Settlement building in East Jerusalem is a major stumbling block on the road towards sustainable progress in the Middle East peace process," he said, adding Merkel would discuss the matter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week.



      Well, Germany is just going to have to get over it.

      The city of Berlin was eventually unified.

      Jerusalem was eventually unified.

      Jerusalem shall remain unified.

      That is the major reality.

      And no regrets.

      Cheshvan 2, 5770, 10/20/2009

      Finally, A Hebron Story In Our Favor

      What can I say?  The news that comes out of Hebron rarely deals favorably with the Jews.  Either it's Arab terror, or too robust a reaction to attempts to restrict a Jewish presence in the city or some outsiders butting in.

      This is different, though:-

      Bodyguards subdued a Palestinian man on Tuesday as he approached Middle East envoy Tony Blair, shouting "You are a terrorist."  The former British prime minister was verbally assailed while visiting an ancient mosque during an official trip to the West Bank city of Hebron.  The protester, carrying a bag, was backed into a corner by guards who tried to shut him up. "He is not welcome in the land of Palestine," the struggling man shouted.

      Blair, 56, is envoy for the "Quartet"...He gave a tight-lipped smile and a pacifying wave in the general direction of the shouting man, and afterwards played down the incident as a "protest and that's fair enough", but not one that should be viewed as typical of local feelings....

      Well, I am glad Mr. Blair is not upset about protests.  At least that is permitted us.  And I am glad no shoes were thrown at him.

      I do hope, however, that the full history of the Cave of the Patriarchs was explained to him, by a Jew.  After all, he should get to know the truth.  That would be fair enough, no?

      Cheshvan 1, 5770, 10/19/2009

      Tweet Torah

      I found out that a Rabbi Ben Greenberg and six others ares publishing a new book, "Twitter Torah", bringing together Judaism and Twitter.

      Rabbi Greenberg is a campus rabbi of Harvard University and knows that Twitter represents the wave of the future for communicating.  Each of his 'thoughts' is condensed to  the necessary 140 characters or less as Twitter demands.  These are thought to be, as his PR blurb asserts: "the shortest sermon in the history of western religion".

      Gee, has he ever read the epigrams of Rav Menachem Mendel Morgenshtern of Kotzk?

      Like: "Where is God to be found? In the place where He is given entry".

      Or: "There is nothing so whole as a broken heart."

      And what about Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav?

      Like: "Lies are usually caused by an undue fear of men."       

      Or: "If we do not help a man in trouble, it is as if we caused the trouble."

      And: "I conquered my hostility by putting it away until the day I might need it."

      Oh, well.

      It is Harvard, after all.

      Have a Tweet Torah.

      Tishrei 24, 5770, 10/12/2009

      Canaanites, Jebusites Welcomed But No Jews

      Have you read this news item?

      The one about the Arabs beating us to Jerusalem?  Being here before us because they claim (don't laugh!  okay, laugh) to be either Canaanites or Jebusites or whatever?

      I dealt with this in another blog of mine.

      But the quick point I want to make here, at "From the Hills of Efraim", is did you notice that now the Biblical account is, well, kosher?  They stamp their feet and yell and scream that we have no Divine right to Eretz-Yisrael, that our history of Tabernacle and Temples, kings, priests, prophets and scribes is worthless and they even hook up with antisemties and suggest we are Khazars.  Don't quote Scripture to us, they insist.  It has no relevance.

      But when they need the Bible, well, move out of the way, for here come the Canaanites and Jebusites.

      Elul 15, 5769, 9/4/2009

      Is Norway Now Anti-Semitic?

      I spotted this headline:

      Norway to divest from Israeli arms firm involved in West Bank wall

      Arms?  Arms?

      I began to wonder, is that something similar to that Sweden thing, you know, that organ-farming story?


      Maybe the Scandinavians have a hang-up about Israel?

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