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      Blessings from Hebron
      by David Wilder
      Personal Reflections on Hebron, Eretz Yisrael, Friends, Family and anything else that comes to mind.
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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)

      Nissan 29, 5768, 5/4/2008

      Chazon David's Last Stand?

      See photos and video below.

      (UPDATE: Afternoon Mincha prayers will take place today (Sunday) at 19:00
      at the site of the destroyed synagogogue, followed by several
      speakers, evening prayers. Following evening prayers, those present
      will begin to rebuild the synagogue.)

      Last week I blogged in asking if the Chazon David Synagogue would merit another prayer service. That night the synagogue was slated to be destroyed again. It's already been razed over 30 times.

      That night there were too many people present; the security forces postponed the
      The hangman had arrived, bringing not a rope, rather an IDF-supplied tractor.
      execution. But not for too long. After all, in honor of our 60th independence day we must give a worthy present to the visiting president next week.

      Last night, or rather early this morning, just before 3:30, the phone rang and the beeper buzzed. The hangman had arrived, bringing not a rope, rather an IDF-supplied tractor. The road was closed, declared a 'closed military zone' until the sentence was fully carried out. By the time I could get through the synagogue was a place of the past. However, the forces remained behind to make sure we didn't get too close, in order to start reconstruction immediately.

      A group from Hebron and Kiryat Arba played cat-and-mouse with the police and as soon as daylight approached, an early morning service took place in the street, opposite the ruins of the shul.

      Some of the forces were uncomfortable being photographed; after all, the Hebron Arab Shech Ja'abri had saved the site from destruction just over a half a year ago, and last week we marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photos of destroyed synagogues were fresh in everyone's memory.

      The original synagogue was built over seven years ago and destroyed well over 30 times. However the present structure stood for about three years. Why now? Simply Olmert has to have a gift-wrapped present for Bush to sacrifice on the alter of piece (and another piece and another piece) and it seems that again, we are the victim to be done away with. A synagogue, a place of prayer, in memory of two men killed at and adjacent to this very site.

      There are no words: except that the synagogue will be rebuilt and rebuilt and rebuilt until it is recognized as a permanent structure, to stand forever.

      People who participated in and cooperated with the destruction:
      What will they tell their parents, their wives, their children?

      Why not flirt a little at the site of a destroyed synagogue?

      Police holding hands at site of destruction

      Morning Prayer

      Rabbi Shimon Ben-Tzion being carried out of area

      Yehudit Katzover being carried out of area

      Yehudit Katzover and Nadia Matar

      Police sitting on synagogue furniture

      Garbage left on the street

      Kiryat Arba Mayor Tzvi Katzover

      Synagogue activist Yaakov Eichenstein

      Nothing like a bite to eat

      Go Away! You're not wanted here!

      Prayer and ruins