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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.davidwilder.net
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.machpela.com
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      www.womeningreen.org
      www.zoa.org
      (others to be added)

      Adar 24, 5770, 3/10/2010

      Hebron miracles abound, even in the Shomron


      Hebron is known for its miracles. If it weren't for G-d's Divine Hand watching over us, day by day, minute by minute, well, our situation here would probably be slightly different from our present existence.

      But what also should be publicized is that these miracles don't only occur in Hebron. They also happen to Hebron residents elsewhere in Israel. I'd like to relate one of those, which took place a few days ago to a woman who grew up here in Hebron, one of 14 children.

      Now a married woman with a family of her own, Yehudit lives in the Shomron community of Yitzhar. On Monday night she was driving home when suddenly she found herself heading straight into a tractor, blocking the middle of the road. The tractor, driven by an Arab, is suspected of trying to knock cars off the road. First it came into contact with a truck, and then aimed at a car. The driver managed to escape the terrorist's vehicle, but the tractor veered, and stopped in the middle of the road. 

      That's when Yehudit came on the scene. Seeing the tractor directly in front of her, she had no choice but also to swing left, avoiding the tractor, but heading straight towards a steep valley. Her car literally jumped over a guard railing and started plummeting down, tumbling four or five times as it fell. After falling about 8 meters, the car suddenly stopped, blocked by a large boulder. This huge rock saved Yehudit's life, because a continued fall would have taken her down another 80 meters. 

      Miraculously Yehudit suffered only a few bruises, and minor aches and pains. Her car, of course, was a total loss. But she, thank G-d, after a check-up, was able to go home, healthy, in one piece. It that's not a miracle, I don't know what is. 

      May the merits of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs privilege all of us to such Divine intervention, when we should so need it, whoever we are, wherever we are!