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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)

      Tishrei 18, 5771, 9/26/2010

      PermitsPermitsPermits & Hebron Succot Holiday Schedule

      Hebron Succot Holiday Schedule:
      Breaking the Ice - The Building Freeze is over!

      Permits Permits Permits by David Wilder

      Journalists have asked me 'do you have a permit to build the new kindergarten?' 
      The answer is quite simple. We have had a permit to build in Hebron for the past 3,800 years.
      Did the first Jew in Hebron, Avraham Avinu, have a permit to purchase the caves of Machpela and the surrounding fields? Did he need a Prime Minister, Defense Minister or anyone else to verify and okay the transaction? 

      Two thousand years ago Herod, King of Judea, constructed a magnificent monument to the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, a building still in use, to this very day. Did he ask Barak or Netanyahu to approve this classic structure? 

      In 1929 the age-old Jewish Hebron community was massacred and the survivors expelled. It is time that the nations of the world recognize that the roots of modern civilization are found in Jewish Hebron, the foundations of which commenced almost 4,000 years ago. 

      In 1967 Jews returned to Hebron and Machpela, (which was declared off-limits to Jews and Christians for 700 years). We did not conquer and occupy a foreign city. We returned - we came home.  

      The most normal act of existence is to grow and develop, to expand. To build. That is what we are doing in Hebron. First and foremost, providing a good thorough education for our children, from the very beginning. 

      This is why we are starting with a kindergarten, to be built on Jewish land, in the first Jewish city in Israel, in Hebron. No artificial freeze, no talks of an imaginary peace, can deny the Jews of their most elementary right: to live in city of Abraham, to grow in the city of Abraham, to build, develop and expand in the city of Abraham. This is our G-d - given right; an obligation, ensuring a continued thriving Jewish presence in Hebron for generations to come!
      Breaking the Ice - The Building Freeze is over!
      Hebron celebrates:
      Deputy Education Minister,  Rabbi Meir Porush
      participates in laying the cornerstone for a new 
       Hebron kindergarten
      in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood
      Monday Sept. 27 at 15:00
      followed by a visit and festive speech by
      Deputy Prime Minister Sylvan Shalom at
      Ma'arat HaMachpela
      Special Daily Holiday Tours with Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum
      Registration: www.hebronfund.com
        tour@hebron.com  052-431-7055
      Chol HaMoed  Sunday Sept. 26, Monday, Sept. 27th
      Entire Maara open including Ohel Yitzchak + special children’s activities
      Chol HaMoed Monday, Sept. 27th
      8:45 AM -  Musical Carlebach Shacharit featuring:
      Rav Simcha Hochbaum, Chizki Sofer & musicians
      Followed at 1 PM By....
      Mass Machpela MusicFest ... featuring:
      Adi Ran * Meir Simcha * Rolly Dickman * Chizki Sofer * Yuval Taeib
      Special Guests:
      Vice Prime Minister Sylvan Shalom,
      Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush
      Knesset Members & Community Leaders
      Hoshana Raba, Wednesday Sept. 29th
      Special Machpela services, refreshments