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      by David Wilder
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      David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.

      For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.

      David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Adar 8, 5768, 2/14/2008

      Windows, AT LAST!

      This is a tale of good against evil, light over darkness, truth versus lie.

      Finally - the windows have arrived!

      It's very late, and I just arrived back home from an enjoyable and fruitful parlor meeting in Jerusalem. I haven't had time to post anything yet on the Hebron web site - will try to tomorrow, including photos and a video - but I have to write something:

      YES - we started instillation of windows in Beit HaShalom this afternoon!!!

      Hopefully the work will be finished on Sunday, before the next snow storm hits.

      I never thought I could be so excited about, of all things, windows - I mean, who even thinks about windows. But I guess it's just like everything else we take for granted, until it's missing. Think of your house, apartment, car, without windows. Think about families, with lots of little kids, trying to live in an apartment, during a heavy rain or snow storm, without windows. That's the way it is/was in Beit HaShalom here in Hebron - until today.

      Last week we received 'permits' to finally put closed windows in the building - it's really an amazing story, more of which I'll try to write about tomorrow.This is a tale of good against evil, light over darkness, truth versus lie.

      But what must be remembered, above all - is that this is not only a story about simple windows. This is a tale of good against evil, light over darkness, truth versus lie. Those who refused us the right to install windows don't care about windows - they simply don't want Jews in Hebron. They are willing to provide 'humanitarian aid' to the 'poor palestinians' in Gaza, who elected Hamas, and allow their people to shoot rockets into Israel. But humanitarian aid to to Jews - in Hebron? Of course not - Ehud Barak, told Hebron families 'if it's too cold, go live somewhere else.'

      Windows in Beit HaShalom represent a major victory over those who pushed all the buttons in an attempt to have us expelled. We're still there - and now, so are the windows!

      So for now, lila tov - good night - and blessings from Hebron.

      (To skip Hebrew and go straight to windows, forward to 2:45)