Friday, May 27, 2016

Why Can't This IDF War Veteran Leave the Hospital?

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ בחקתי תשע״ו


Wounded Soldier Isn't Returning Home Because he is a Settler

Yehuda HaYisra'eli who was critically wounded in Operation Protective Edge (צוק איתן ,2014) is unable to leave the hospital because the Ministry of Defense does not give approval to building a ramp in his home. The reason - he lives beyond the Green Line, in a town without an [approved] urban building plan.


Yehuda HaYisraeli
(Photo: Yoni Yisra'eli, 3/27/16)
ערוץ 7: נזכיר כי בקרבות ברפיח נפצע יהודה בראשו ופונה כשהוא פצוע אנוש לבית החולים סורוקה - שם הצליחו לייצב את מצבו. בהמשך עבר ניתוח להוצאת רסיס מראשו עד שהועבר לבית החולים תל השומר, שם אושפז תקופה ארוכה ללא הכרה.

(Arutz 7) Recall that Yehuda was wounded in the head, and was taken to Soroka Hospital believed to be mortally wounded - there they succeeded in stabilizing his condition. He then underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his head, until being transferred to Tel HaShomer Hospital, where he remained unconscious a long period of time.

This photo was taken from Yehuda's se'udath hodayah, in Har Brachah. A se'udath hodayah is a traditional feast of thanksgiving made after surviving a life threatening event.

I am not at certain of the detail's of Yehuda's current condition, including the functioning of his right eye. The Arutz 7 report above included that "Yehuda Yitzhaq began issuing words from his mouth a few months ago."

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Where are the disabled rights activists?

Where are the veterans rights activists?

This is not the first time the State has turned its back on its war veterans.

Why isn't anyone noticing?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why Israel's Right-Wing Wants Avigdor Lieberman in the Coalition

ט"ז לחודש השני תשע"ו

...Because they're not really right wing.

From Arutz 7:
Avigdor Lieberman
Yisra'el Beitenu
(Israel Our Home Party)
"Among the party policies Liberman said he would not be pushing in talks are demands to enforce haredi enlistment to the IDF, as well as instituting civil marriage and conversion reforms - the latter two of which are particularly important for Yisrael Beytenu's Russian immigrant voters."
Translation? He would not be pushing to enforce haredi enlistment to the IDF, as well as instituting civil marriage and conversion reforms,...until he does.

If you think that Lieberman is willing to drop those issues which are particularly important for Yisrael Beytenu's Russian immigrant voters, then you are insane.

Remember the non-Jews the Leftists actively recruited for "aliyah" from the Former Soviet Union, to increase their voter base? The strategy backfired. Many of them ended up backing Lieberman. And now Lieberman is obligated to them.

Lieberman has previously sought to disband religious councils, and to shift responsibility for all religious services from exclusively Orthodox bodies to elected local government.

Furthermore, Lieberman is well-known for his support for yet another made-up, Arab country, on our Divinely promised Land. He calls them "land exchanges," even though it is not his to "exchange."

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Tzippy Livni have expressed agreement with the plan in principle. Naftali Bennett's own infamous plan to grant autonomy to Arabs within Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel), is hardly any better. So, Lieberman's presence in Israel's governmental coalition will only add fuel to the fire of Land giveaways, and expulsions of Jews.

Lucky for Lieberman, he lives in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, [which he believes to be] safe from such a fate.

Some believe that Lieberman's presence  in the government, as a cabinet minister, and even more so, as Defense Minister, will boost Israel's fight against terrorism.


(Click on image to enlarge)

I guarantee you that the bitter cycle of enabling terrorism, we are currently stuck in, will not just go away with the addition of Lieberman to the quasi-"right-wing" team.

There is no significant difference between Avigdor Lieberman and opposition leader Yitchak "Bugie" Herzog.

They both forsake the Land, in one way or another.

They both actively battle against Torah principles, whether they realize it or not, fighting for the de-Judaizing of the already de-Judaizing of the "Jewish" State.

They both support the increased influx of non-Jews into the "Jewish" State, Lieberman through sham conversions of many who have no intention whatsoever of keeping Torah and mitzvot, and Herzog through his party's support for foreign workers, and granting "special" status to many of them and their children, thus contributing to the de-Jewifying of the "Jewish" State.

The only difference between Lieberman and Herzog is the name of their political parties, both of which are jokes.

Israel Our Home and Zionist Union indeed!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Did John Kasich Really Say That?

ד' לחודש השני תשע"ו
John Kasich to Orthodox Jews: Abraham, not Moses, the star of the Torah
April 13, 2016
WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Kasich bantered with haredi Orthodox Jews about which biblical figure was most significant and other lessons from the Jewish Bible. 
On Tuesday, the Ohio governor and one of three Republicans left vying for the party’s presidential nomination toured a Jewish book store in Borough Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood, Jewish Insider reported. New York state’s primary is on April 19.
Ohio Governor John Kasich
“The story of the people are Abraham and God made a covenant with Abraham — not Moses!” Kasich told Ezra Friedlander, a haredi lobbyist who was escorting Kasich through the heavily Haredi neighborhood.

Friedlander had tried to explain that for Jews, Moses is considered the most important biblical figure, and more important than the patriarchs, because he brought the law to the Jews.

“Moses is up there,” Friedlander said, as Kasich, an Anglican who was born Roman Catholic, examined shelves of Jewish texts.

Kasich’s conversations seemed predicated on the assumption that his fervently religious interlocutors didn’t know much about Judaism.

“Have you studied Joseph?” he told a group of yeshiva students. “Did you hear the most important thing Joseph said to his brothers? ‘My brothers you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.’ Did you know that?”

Kasich went on to explain: “He may have been a little bit of a braggart, you know, Joseph, may have been a little, maybe, but they threw him in that ditch and then his brother saved him, and then they sold him into slavery, and that’s how the Jews got to Egypt. Right? Did you know that?”
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Why is everyone so shocked?

Of course, he touts Avraham Avinu (Abraham) as the "star" of the Torah.

He is a Christian, and like all Christians, he believes that they are Avraham Avinu's true inheritors. Muslims believe the same for themselves.

But the truth is that the Jews are Avraham Avinu's inheritors, through his grandson Ya'aqov Avinu (Jacob), and certainly not through his son Yishma'el, as Muslims would have you believe, and and not through the Ya'aqov's tricky brother Esau, who is well-known for his self-righteousness, as well as his pursuit of immediate gratification, food, sex, you name it.

Christians believe that they are here to pick up where Ya'aqov's children left off. But, the reality is that Christians are actually the spiritual descendants of Esau.

Idiot Kasich not only had the hutzpah to lecture yeshiva students on Torah, even though like all Christians he lacks the entire Torah, and so could never possibly know what he is talking about, but also had the hutzpah to lecture them on the Christian false deity!

If Christians really want to "be our friends," and sneak into our hearts, our souls, and yes, into our Land (their current goal), then they had better find another commander in their army to replace Kasich.

In the meantime, let's hope that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, crosses Kasich off the list of possible running mates,...and fast!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Why do we Need a Holocaust Remembrance Day?

כ״ז לחודש הראשון תשע״ו

That's actually a very good question.

Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 1951 by the Israeli Government,...a "Workers Party of the Land of Israel" government. In other words, Labor Zionists, whose goal has always been to de-Judaize both the People and Land of Israel, made up this day. The day is half way between Passover, the Jewish holiday of freedom and Israel's Memorial Day.

The date, which like Independence Day, the government has deigned to move around as needed to reduce Shabboth violations, is also supposed to [sort of, but not really] coincide with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which actually began Erev Pesah, תש״ג/1943.

The idea to add Holocaust Memorial to the public fast day of the 10th of the Hebrew month of Teveth, an already established day of Jewish mourning, is often shunned by Religious Zionists. The State has made a decision, and so they must abide by it. Even though the 10 b'Teveth was designated as a memorial day for all those whose day of death is unknown, by none other than the State of Israel's Chief Rabbinate.

The creation of this made up memorial day is nothing more than manipulation by the State to keep various factions fighting with each other, a simple divide and conquer strategy which has worked so well for so long.

Even the "Conservative Movement" has argued for the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, to be designated as Holocaust Memorial Day, as it is the date upon which many Jewish calamities in Jewish history have occurred, not the least of which being the destruction of both the First and Second Batei Miqdash (Temples).

Events related to the Holocaust having occurred on the 9 b'Av include:
  • Germany entered World War I on August 1–2, 1914 (Av 9-10, AM 5674), which caused massive upheaval in European Jewry and whose aftermath led to the Holocaust.
  • On August 2, 1941 (Av 9, AM 5701), SS commander Heinrich Himmler formally received approval from the Nazi Party for "The Final Solution."
  •  As a result, the Holocaust began during which almost one third of the world's Jewish population perished. On July 23, 1942 (Av 9, AM 5702), began the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.
Overall, this suggestion makes much more sense than a day in Nissan, a month in which Jews traditionally refrain from historical mourning practices. But, like I alluded to above, such an issue would not have concerned the Labor Zionists in the least.

So, the answer to the question as to why we need a Holocaust Memorial Day is that we do not need one. We already have one, two even. But, if I had written this at the beginning of the post, most of you would have stopped reading almost as soon as you had begun.

Instead of continuing to play the victim, to gain sympathy from the goyim (non-Jews), probably one of the only strategies the Israeli Government has left to delay the State of Israel's eventual destruction, what we really need is a Holocaust Prevention Day, which I wrote about back in 2009. This would involve the educating our children as to how to refrain from repeating our greatest historical mistakes, such as assimilation, intermarriage, and dependence on outside human forces for protection.

But, since the only way to do this would be to teach our children the Torah way of life, don't count on the Israeli Government to get on board anytime soon.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Passover BBQ תשע״ו/2016

ערב שביעי לפסח תשע״ו

I know this may sound crazy, but i am sitting here on my roof, barbecuing before Yom Tov. Nope. No balcony in my current apartment.

Of course, it is mutar (permissible) to cook on Yom Tov, even for Shabboth, via Eruv Tavshilin. However, after you read this, I believe you will know I chose to doing the על האש/Al HaAish (barbecuing) before Yom Tov.

Pardon the blurriness. It is either due to the smoke, or to the angling of my laptop's
built-in webcam, which wobbled, or both.
First off, I live on the fourth floor, called the fifth floor in the U. S., without an elevator. Since my floor is also the top floor, I thought it would be easier to go up on the roof. I believe I remember seeing it done. Nevertheless, I can see small barbecues like my own on the roofs of neighboring buildings. So, I thought I would give it a shot.

My first mistake was climbing up the ladder to the roof barefoot. At first, I did not mind, but when I starting having to carry things up one-handed, my feet started to hurt. Most of you know that I am not a big fan of shoes, but am willing to tolerate sandals. Although I am not representative of all San Diegeños, this is certainly an artifact from having been born and raised there. Fortunately, we are also no strangers to barbecuing, albeit my friends from Texas may argue about our relative barbecuing skills.

Fellow bloggers Jameel @ The Muqata and Rafi @ Life In Israel may also want to chime in on barbecuing, one of their favor pastimes. Lucky them, they do not have to climb up onto roofs!

But, I digress...

My second mistake was carrying things up, which are going to be a lot harder for me to carry down,

My worries included silly things like the smoke blowing back [down] into the building, disturbing the neighbors, and serious things like falling off the roof and/or burning the building down. The main reason for barbecuing before Yom Tov was safety. I would rather stick around by the coals, and wait for them to burn down, instead of chancing leaving the barbecue on the roof unattended.

The photo also shows pipes running out of a neighbor's dude shemesh (water heater). There are more than a few pieces of equipment up here to avoid damaging.

I was also worried about something falling off the roof, and then being the lucky one to get a citation for littering, something which is not as strange in Israel as you might think. And speaking of life in Israel.

I am not so worried about the time. I am going out tonight, and can just cook everything else tomorrow morning for lunch. Of course, once these hosts of mine read this post, they may regret telling me not to "...worry about bringing anything." (Tee-Hee!)

I am using an particular brand of American charcoal, which is probably even more poisonous, and industrial strength carcinogenic than other brands (...and thus will remain nameless, so that I do not get sued). But, it got started very quickly, saving me some time. Olive wood is recommended.

Now that the grill is starting to cool down, I am going to risk beginning to bring things down from the roof. Before I leave the house, I intend to come back up, and take down the barbecue, just in case.

Needless to say, after the first trip down, I put sandals on.

Oh, and by the way, a bag of mine just fell off the roof. I'll let you know if I get that citation, I mentioned above.

Hag Same'ah and Shabboth Shalom!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Blessings Of Israel:" Whose Land Is It Anyway?

מוצש״ק/א׳ חוהמ״פ תשע״ו

Blessings of Israel
(screen capture)

Dear "Blessings of Israel,"

I see that your "About Us" page includes the following:
The Land of Israel was given to Abraham and his descendants through a covenant from God. In ancient days, this was the blessed land desired by all nations. It was the most magnificent land in all the earth, a land flowing with milk and honey.
All of this is, of course, true.

However, it is not as precise as it could be.

First of all,...

It IS the most magnificent land in all the earth, a land flowing with milk and honey.

This should be in the present tense, not past. But posting this in the past tense, you have already undone your own adaption of Genesis 12:3, in which you encourage others to take part.

In ancient days, this was the blessed land desired by all nations.
Actually, this IS the blessed land, STILL desired by all nations.

The descendants of Ishmael, whether they be physical or spiritual descendants, want it. These are Arabs, and Muslims in general, who have laid claim to the Land.

The descendants of Esau, whether they be physical or spiritual descendants, want it. The multifaceted Esau, which is the West, produced a variety of different descendants, many of whom fight among one another. The progressive, libertine segment of Europe, the oil greedy USA, as well as Christianity in all of its forms, albeit each stream claims to be the "real Christians:" The Vatican, the various Christian Orthodoxies, and, last, but not least, the Evangelicals, as well as those hiding their agenda, Hebraizing the worship of their false deity/messiah, while staking out plots of the Jewish homeland for their own. "Grafting on" to the Jews is the current manifestation of Esau's kiss of friendship toward Jacob.

The war between Yishmael and Esau has been ongoing since time in memorial: The Crusades, the Battle of Vienna, the British vs. the Ottomans, the Persian Gulf Wars, and the U. S. vs. the Taliban, are only some of the battles of this conflict.

We are not fooled by the sneaky, temporary alliances between factions on either side. Neither will give up his fight

This brings us to the beginning of this highly imprecise paragraph...
The Land of Israel was given to Abraham and his descendants through a covenant from God.
This is true. But, God did not give the Land of Israel to all of Abraham's descendants, only to those though Isaac, and then Jacob. In other words, not to Ishmael, and not to Esau.

This is a crucial distinction. I have no doubt that your customer base needs no convincing the Ishmael is a threat to Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel. But, so are all of the Christians groups I mention above.

So, whether your organization has Christian connections, or you are just Jews, pandering to Christians with code words censored language, I challenge you to adjust the language of this page to reflect, not just the truth, by the entire truth.

Here is a suggested replacement paragraph:
The Land of Israel was given to Abraham and his descendants through a covenant from God, carried on through his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob. In ancient days, this was, and still is, the blessed land desired by all nations. It is the most magnificent land in all the earth, a land flowing with milk and honey.
The Land of Israel is promised to the People of Israel, and to no other.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

קטין הנחקר בשב"כ פונה למרכז רפואי: מה עכשיו?/?Shabak Interrogated Youth Rushed to Hospital: Now What?

י' לחודש הראשון תשע"ו
הקול היהודי: קטין הנחקר בשב"כ פונה באופן דחוף למרכז רפואי
ז' ניסן התשע"ו 15.04.2016 
משפחתו: "כעת החשש כי הוא מעונה הופך מחשש לוודאות. אנו קוראים לכל מי שבידיו לעשות משהו. מדובר הפיקוח נפש של ממש" קטין יהודי הנחקר בימים האחרונים בשב"כ ונמצא תחת צו מיוחד המונע ממנו מלפגוש בעו"ד פונה באופן דחוף ממתקן השב"כ למרכז רפואי וזאת בעקבות בעיה רפואית דחופה.

גורמי החקירה הודיעו למשפחתו לפני זמן קצר (שישי) כי הוא מובהל ברגעים אלו למרכז רפואי החוקרים סרבו בשלב זה לאפשר לבני המשפחה ללוותו ולפגוש בו.

עו"ד עדי קידר מארגון חוננו אשר פנה בבקשה דחופה לגורמי החקירה כי הקטין יקבל את זכויותיו מכח חוק וינתן לו להיות מלווה בידי נציג מטעמו למרכז הרפואי מסר כי "הזילזול בזכויות הנחקרים עולה מדרגה לזילזול גם במצב בריאותם. אנו רואים בחומרה את העובדה שעל אף הקושי הרפואי שהתגלה עדיין ממשיכה החקריה האינטנסיבית והסרוב לאפשר לבני משפחתו ולעורכי דינו לפגוש בו".

בני משפחתו מסרו כי "לקחו לנו ילד בריא וכעת הוא מובהל לבית החולים. כעת החשש כי הוא מעונה הופך מחשש לוודאות. אנו קוראים לכל מי שבידיו לעשות משהו. שלא יחריש. מדובר הפיקוח נפש של ממש", אמרו.
עשר אגורות (2¢):
הדבר היחיד שמפתיע לי מהאירוע הזה הוא שדו״ח האירוע מופיע בחדשות. למה האירוע הזה מופיע בחדשות?

או אפילו לשב״כ לא היה הכוח למנוע את זה מלהגיע לתקשורת, או מופיע בחדשות בכוונה. זה או זה, אותה התוצאה יוצאת, ניסיון להפחיד את נוער הגבעות,...או אולי כדי להתגרות בהם.

כשהרבה יהודים מרגיזים, יש יהודים שמזדהים כדתיים ציונים ש ״הפושעים האלה לא הילדים שלנו.״ דתיים, באמת?!

אני לא מופתע שהם לא נותנים להורי הקטין לראות אותו. ואין צריך לומר שהם לא נותנים לעורך הדין שלו לראות אותו.

כשכמה הישראלים הוא כועס בגלל זה, יש הרבה "דתיים הציונים" מעדיפים לההציר: ״׳הבריונים׳ האלה הם לא הילדים שלנו." הם הציונים אבל הם באמת הדתיים?! בואו נראה אם חברי הציבור הדתי-הלאומי יתעוררו בגלל זה, או אם הם ימשיכו להאמין שהם חיים במדינה דמוקרטית.

אני בכלל לא אופטימי. אני חושב שלממשלת מדינת ישראל יש הרבה בטחון עצמי שהיא עדיין יכולה לעשות לאזרחים שלה את מה שהיא רוצה לעשות.

Jewish Press: Jewish Minor Under Shabak Interrogations Rushed to Hospital
David Israel, April 15th, 2016 
A Jewish minor who was picked up by Shabak for interrogations a few days ago, without seeing an attorney or his family, was rushed to hospital Friday afternoon from the Shabak facility. He is suffering from urgent medical complications.

His family has issued a statement saying, “Now the suspicion that he was being tortured has become a certainty. We call on anyone who can do anything to help. It is a matter of life and death. They took from us a healthy child and now he is being rushed to hospital.”
The Shabak informed the family that their child was being rushed to a medical center but interrogators refused to permit his parents to meet or accompany him. 
Attorney Adi Keidar of legal aid society Honenu whose appeal to let the minor be accompanied by a parent was rejected, said that “the contempt for the right of people under interrogation has gone up a notch to a contempt for their state of health. We view very seriously the fact that despite the medical complications the intensive interrogation persists as does the refusal to permit family or an attorney to see him.”
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The only thing which surprises me by this event is that it made the news. And why did it make the news?

Either the Shabba"k (ISA) did not even have the power to prevent it from reaching the news. Or it reached the news on purpose. Either way, the result is the same, an attempt at intimidating the hilltop youth,...or perhaps to provoke them.

I am not surprised that they would not allow the child's parents see him. Needless to say, they would not allow his lawyer to see him.

While some of the Israeli public is outraged, many "Religious Zionists" still maintain that "these 'hooligans' are not our children." Religious Zionists, indeed! Let's see if the national religious public will ever wake up, or if it will continue to believe they live in a democratic country.

I am not optimistic. Rather, I believe that the State of Israel's government is very confident that it can still whatever it wants to its citizens.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tel-Aviv, Palestine: Why So Surprised?

מוצש״ק פר׳ מצרע תשע״ו
Why not expect a German company to wipe Israel from the map, or at the very least, make a ridiculous "mistake" such as this?

עשו שונא ליעקב.
Esau hates Ya'aqov.

...the multifaceted Esau being the ancestor of the West, Christians and libertine progressives alike.

Whether desiring the domination of Israel, or its assimilation into a globalist society of Western progressives, potential Jewish sovereignty over the Land, stands in the way of its ultimate objective.

Meanwhile Palestinian Pseudostinian Arabs have publicly declared Tel-Aviv to be part of Palestine, as much as Jerusalem, Hevron, or Shchem (which they call Nablus). Just look at the maps, embedded in the emblems, below.
Fata"h Party Emblem
PLO Emblem
worn by Arafat ysh"w

As a matter of fact, North Tel-Aviv, including Tel-Aviv University, was built on top of the conquered (I'm not afraid to say the word "conquered.") Arab village of Sheikh Munis. But, we're not allowed to talk about that.

Hamas Emblem
However, when forced to talk about it...

"But, that was won in Israel's War of Independence?!" 

"The United Nations gave us permission!"

"And, we wanted the Arabs to stay!"

Typical co-dependent, pseudo-Zionist, Labor Zionist hasbarah response, pretty much everything.

If you bother to look, you will find videos of Arabs, so-called ISRAELI ARABS, teaching their children. Do you really think they don't include Tel-Aviv in this list? That they'll allow it to remain an isolated island of what's left of Israel? Seriously?

PA President Mahmud Abbas's Vision of Pseudostine
So, back to Germany, why would think that it's that big of a stretch from manifestations of B'nei Yisma'el's envy to Esau's envy?

Both are koferim, deniers of Torah truth (Mishneh Torah, Hil. Teshuvah 3:17 [8]). Our tradition suggests that both are going to fight for the Land they see as theirs, and Israel will get stuck in the middle. We have already seen hints and build-ups to this in various times in history: The Crusades, The Battle of Vienna (1683), The Gulf Wars.

The only difference is that Esau (The West) had been sneakier about it.

If you were surprised by this "mistake" on a package to Israel, which said "Palestinian Territory" instead, the you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Is Wall Climbing Tourism Appropriate in Jerusalem's Old City?

ג' לחודש הראשון תשע"ו
YNET: Rappel down the old city walls
A new attraction is coming to Jerusalem's old city this Passover. In conjunction to the world famous old city wall tour, visitors will be able to rappel down the walls as well. 
Eli Mandelblum, 04.09.16 
Israelis and tourists from all over the world will descend upon Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Jerusalem Development Authority and East Jerusalem Development LTD have come up with a new and interesting attraction for visitors to the old city this holiday season, repelling down the side of the Old City walls. 
Although this idea sounds relatively simple in theory, it is quite complicated, especially in light of the security situation and concerns about damage to the archaeological sites.
Old City Walls, Jerusalem
"This (attraction) requires many permits from the different organizations and ministries who are responsible for the area. It even requires a special type of harness so that will protect the archaeological site from damage, but also not detract from the repelling experience," stated Roee Menes, CEO of the "B'marom" company which will be operating the attraction.

Besides rappelling, there will be a wide range of attractions in the Old City throughout the Passover holiday, including tours along the top of the Old City walls with a bird's eye view of the Old City and their juxtaposition with the new city, and an interactive area where visitors can learn how the Old City walls were constructed. This is a fun and challenging attraction for the whole family to do, literally putting you in touch with history. The minimum age to participate is nine-years-old.

There are two tracks to take, a north and a south track. The south track starts at Jaffa Gate and goes to the Dung Gate. Meanwhile, the north track starts at Jaffa Gate and ends at the Lions Gate. Tickets can be bought at the Jaffa gate.

The Old City wall tours are open from 9am to 5pm. Keep in mind, this attraction is not wheelchair accessible. The tour takes approximately an hour.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
At first glance, this newfangled, tourist attraction seems like something you would find at an American amusement park. Wall climbing and rappelling have become increasingly popular over the years. And, now it seems that Jerusalem wants to get into the act as well.

Wall Climbing complex, HaYarqon Park, Tel-Aviv

To attract a broader base of tourists? Young tourists, who would otherwise avoid such a richly religious and historical site? Is this supposed to be a clever way of showing parts of Jerusalem's Old City, which would normally be overlooked? Or is someone just gunning to make a buck sheqqel anyway that he can?

Anyway you slice it, the addition of rappelling to the Jewish People's Holiest city cheapens it, lowering it to the level of base, material gratification.

But, as often is the case, perhaps there is something to be gleaned from such acts of denigration.

After all, how did the spies, whom Yehoshu'a sent, escape from Jericho? They climbed down from Rahav's window... (Josh. 2:15)

Those paying attention will notice this as a strong suggestion that we need to be prepared, and rappelling may actually be valuable skill in the not too distant future.

And so, I suggest that anyone insisting on taking this opportunity to rappel down a wall of Jerusalem's Old City, after touring its rooftops, do so with the kavannah (intention) of learning or practicing a lifesaving skill.

Think about it.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Top 11 Pieces of Advice for IDF Lone Soldiers

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ תזריע/החודש תשע״ו

Don’t shoot anyone who is attacking you, because you might get arrested.

Don’t refuse orders, which violate the Torah. You might arrested.

Don’t pass on any information to organizations which protect Jewish women from Arab men. You might get arrested.

Don’t protest weddings between Jews and non-Jews. You might get arrested.

Don’t call any government official a nasty name. You might get arrested.
(Just ask Nadia Matar of Women In Green.)

Don’t talk about freedom of speech, if you radically disagree with the State of Israel’s policies. You might not get arrested. But, you’ll definitely be demonized.

Don’t talk about freedom of religious expression. Only non-Jews and Jewish distorters of Torah are allowed to do that. If you're a religious Jew, then you're out of luck!

Speaking of which, don’t refuse to listen to lectures from the Messianic Jew Christian Missionary. You might get thrown out of officer candidates school.

Don’t grow a beard without permission. Various bad things may happen to you.

Don’t hitchhike in uniform or post selfies on the Internet in uniform. You might get kidnapped.
(This one is actually pretty good advice.)

Don’t worry too much about getting kidnapped, though. After a few years of torture, in exchange for your release, the State of Israel will finally negotiate the release of a bunch of convicted terrorists, who will go out and perpetrate more acts of terrorism.
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