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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.

      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.