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      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)

      Tishrei 5, 5770, 9/23/2009

      Thousands of people are arriving in Hebron

      The Arabs shouldn't fool themselves that Jews won't live in Hebron. Jews will always live in Hebron

      Among those visiting this week was Education Minister Gideon Saar. (See photos and video (Hebrew) at: {http://www.hebron.com/english/gallery.php?id=286])

      He spent the entire morning in Hebron and Kiryat Arba. He conducted a class in 'citizenship' at the Kiryat Arba Ulpana women's high school, met with the school's teachers and staff, visited at Ma'arat HaMachpela, and the Hebron, Jewish community, and concluded the morning with a meeting of Hebron-Kiryat Arba leaders in the office of Kiryat Arba mayor Malachi Levinger.
      During his visit at the Ma'ara, Saar said the following:

      "I am particularly happy to be at Ma'arat HaMachpela and in general in Kiryat Arba and Hebron.
      Hebron is the place of our roots, a place that speaks to all Jews.

      I've always said, and I'll say also today: The Arabs shouldn't fool themselves that Jews won't live in Hebron. Jews will always live in Hebron. Throughout the generations, Jews lived in Hebron, with a very few brief exceptions, such as after the 1929 massacre and Jews will always live in Hebron and Kiryat Arba."

      The minister mentioned the masses arriving at Ma'arat HaMachpela, which he witnessed: "Look at how many Jews are arriving here, at Ma'arat HaMachpela, on a regular weekday, and many more will be here during the holidays. This proves the connection of the Jewish people to this place, and our guarantee to this continued bond is settlement. From our awareness of this bond to such places like Ma'arat HaMachpela we understand the value of settlement."

      In response to a question about building schools and kindergartens here, the minister said, "Of course, I've had conversations about this with the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, and this has been clarified also to the Americans. We will continue to build schools and kindergartens and nursery schools. I believe that within a very short period of time a number of projects will commence, construction of classes, nursery schools and schools in Judea and Samaria."
      Others visiting Hebron include: (see photos and video)


      See also photos of Caparot in Hebron

      Good news!
      The annual Hebron music festival will take place again this year!
      Monday of Chol HaMoed, beginning at 12:00, with Udi Davidi, Chaim Yisrael and others. Details to follow!