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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

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Update: Two Injured in Jerusalem, Circumstances Unclear

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A motorcyclist ran into 2 people on HaMefaked Street in the Abu Tor neighborhood neighborhood of Jerusalem just before 7 PM on Wednesday.

After hitting the two people, the motorcyclist, a resident of Silwan, got into a fight with the pedestrians, and then hit them with his helmet.

The motorcyclist was arrested by police. It’s still unclear if this was terror, criminal, or an accident with some road rage thrown in for good measure.

MDA treated two people, in their thirties, who were lightly injured and then taken to Hadassah hospital.

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No Accident

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Although Ruach HaKodesh, a spark of the Holy Spirit, ended during the time of the second Beit HaMikdash, the Ari, the great Kabbalist and medieval sage, taught that Jewish parents are imbued with Ruach HaKodesh when naming their baby. Sometimes the Ruach HaKodesh given to parents is awesome.

Our fourth child, our third son, was born the week before Chanuka in 1990. My husband loves the name Yisrael, but our two older sons were named after relatives who had passed away. Our firstborn is Noam Chaim after my sister Naomi, z”l. Our second son is Naftali Yehuda, who is named after two great-grandfathers named Naftali and after a paternal great-uncle named Yehuda Leib.

We tinkered with several names before the birth, both male and female. After our son was born we decided that we would call him Natan Yisrael. Natan was after my mother’s oldest brother who had never married. It looked like my husband Abe would get his dream fulfilled.

During the first night following the birth, I suddenly woke up and thought about how my private midwife Regina had mentioned that the baby had had the umbilical cord around his neck during the birth. Although our midwife had assured me that the cord had not been tightly wrapped around the baby’s neck, I suddenly felt the feeling of what if…. I decided that the baby’s name should be Natanel (G-d gave) since HaShem had given us a healthy baby.

In the morning I related my thoughts and feelings to Abe. I said that we could call the baby Natanel Yisrael, but my husband felt that the name would be too long. (I don’t know why he said that because we already had a child with a six-syllable name.) I then asked Abe what he thought about the name Natanel Nissim (miracles). He did not want the name Nissim. Natanel became our only baby with only one name.

The years whizzed by and Natanel was old enough to go out by himself and play in Har Nof. One afternoon I was in our bedroom, which had a private entrance onto street level. Suddenly a stranger burst into our bedroom and she started to talk in Hebrew at a rapid speed.

I was quite taken aback by the sudden entrance of a total stranger, but I learned that Natanel had run across the narrow street without looking and this woman had had to suddenly apply the brakes in order to avoid hitting him. (Later Natanel told me that a friend had been chasing him and he had run into the street.) I was so thankful to HaKadosh Boruch Hu that He had spared Natanel from injury/death.

This past year Natanel married a lovely young woman. Since his wife Aliza wanted to live close to her parents who live in Karnei Shomron in the Shomron, her parents allowed Natanel to take one of their cars twice a week in order to enable him to attend Herzog College in Alon Shevut in Gush Etzion. Traveling by bus and hitchhiking can take up to four hours each way. By car the trip is reduced to about an hour and a half.

One morning Abe called me from work and told me something about paperwork for my elderly widowed father. Abe casually added, “Oh, Natanel banged up the car a little.” I envisioned that Natanel had bumped into a parked car or something of the sort. Abe related to me that Natanel had crashed into the railing on the side of the highway (Highway 6 where the speed is 120 k.p.h., or about 75 m.p.h.). Abe told me that I could call Natanel.

I hung up the phone and the first thing I did was to daven Tehillim to thank HaShem that Natanel was alive and well. After that I phoned Natanel.

I learned a number of things from his account. He didn’t remember what had happened, but he said that the crash had been the loudest sound that he had ever heard. All six airbags had opened up. He had been able to extricate himself from the smoking car on his own. Everyone on the highway had stopped their cars and a number of people had come over to help. A medic who had been passing by came to offer first aid. Two ambulances had come because it was thought that all the passengers were seriously injured. Natanel, who often gives rides to people from his area, had no other passengers in the car that morning, baruch HaShem. The car was a total loss. Natanel told me that he had a few scratches under his eye due to his eyeglasses bumping into the airbag.

Natanel told me that he was waiting for his wife and mother-in-law to come in their second car. He was also waiting for a tow truck. When Natanel’s wife and mother-in-law arrived they waited with him for the tow truck, which took two hours to arrive from the time that it had been ordered. Then they took him to the hospital.

I spoke with Natanel while he was in the hospital. He told me that the emergency room had received a report of the car crash and they had been prepared for multiple casualties. The doctors were amazed when only Natanel arrived in the emergency room and he was walking on his own! Various examinations were performed and nothing seemed amiss.

The non-yalmuka wearing doctor said, “It was a small miracle.”

Natanel told the doctor, “My mother says that I have personal angels watching over me.”

I said to Natanel, “The doctor called it a small miracle? It was a huge miracle!” It was no accident that I had wanted to call our baby Natanel Nissim!

P.S. There was a good reason why our first four sons were not called Yisrael. Between the birth of our sixth and seventh children, a very special rabbi from my hometown was niftar. He was called Rabbi Meir Pernikoff. He was the mohel, the supplier of kosher wine, the supplier of the arba minim, the teacher for bar mitzvah lessons, a teacher in the Hebrew day school and the rabbi who would walk miles each Shabbat to a shul in another town, among other endeavors. He was buried in Israel, and I attended the funeral with Abe. At the hakamat matzeiva almost a year later, I read the inscription on the matzeiva, and learned that Rabbi Pernikoff’s full name was Rabbi Yisrael Meir Pernikoff!

Adina Hershberg

IDF Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, z’l, 20, of Kibbutz Yoav, From Passaic, NJ

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

An American-born IDF lone soldier whose family lives in New Jersey spent his first year in Israel helping other people before he enlisted a year ago in the military. He died Sunday morning in a freak accident on the Golan Heights near Mount Hermon.

IDF Sergeant Shlomo Ridenow, z’l, was one of five brothers who moved to Israel to enlist in combat. He came from Passaic, New Jersey two years ago.

The 20-year-old was just two months shy of his 21st birthday; he lived in Kibbutz Sde Yoav, and served for a year in a civilian canine unit in Kfar Tapuach before enlisting in the Israeli army.

He and his rescue dog worked as a member of the search and rescue unit to find missing persons, the Hebrew-language Rotter.net website reported.

A second brother serves in an IDF paratrooper unit.

“He was always in love with Israel,” his older sister Yocheved told reporters. “He didn’t know Hebrew, because he didn’t grow up here. She he came here, he taught himself Hebrew and he joined the unit that he was really passionate about.”

Rindenow was killed when the grenade held by 24 year old Sgt. First Class Hussam Tafesh (res) blew up in his hands. Tafesh, a member of the Druze community, lived in the northern Israeli village of Beit Jann.

Three other soldiers were injured in the blast which occurred on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams.

Rindenow and Tafesh were members of the 601 Assaf Battalion of the Combat Engineering Corps. The three wounded soldiers are members of the 401st Artillery Brigade. The investigation into the accident is being headed by an officer at the rank of colonel.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Hana Levi Julian

American IDF Soldier Killed in Grenade Incident on Mount Hermon

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were killed and three wounded—one moderate and two light—from an exploding fragmentation grenade inside their vehicle Sunday morning, near the entrance to Mount Hermon and a military base in the Majdal Shams area. The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to Maimonides Hospital in Haifa.

The two who were killed were Sergeant Shlomo Rindenau, 20, whose family lives in New Jersey; and Sergeant Hossam Tafesh, 24, from Beit Jan.

According to a preliminary report, the soldiers’ jeep stopped for an unknown reason near the Majdal Shams check post, about six feet from the wall; the driver, Tafesh, a reservist, got out of the jeep and was holding the grenade in his hand for a yet unknown reason. He surrounded the vehicle and approached the open door with the grenade, following which the grenade exploded and he and another soldier were killed.

So far, according to IDF sources, the entire event is still a mystery.

David Israel

Texas PR/Tech Guru Killed in Tel Aviv Car Accident

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

A 41-year-old man from Ra’anana suffered a heart attack on Saturday night. The man lost control of his car and drove it into the Furama sidewalk restaurant in Tel Aviv, according to police.

Three people were killed in the accident, several more were injured.

One of those killed was Alan Weinkratz, a Tech/PR/Social Media guru from San Antonio, Texas.

Weinkratz regular traveled back and forth between Israel and the US, promoting Israel, technology and advising Israeli startups.

Weinkratz, along with MK Michael Oren, met with JewishPress.com in December 2015, at Hub Etzion, a co-working startup space, where Weinkratz was offering advice to the local startups in the newly formed business hub, while learning more about the burgeoning startup community in Gush Etzion.

At the time Weinkratz presented Oren with his signature Rackspace poster that points an arrow at Israel as “The Five-Thousand Year Old Startup”.

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Oops! Russian Air Force Bombs Iranian Forces in Syria

Friday, May 13th, 2016

According to the Iranian Al-Alam TV, the Russian air force accidentally bombed Iranian forces stationed in Aleppo, Syria.

It appears this incident happened as Syrian army and friends (Hezbollah, Iran) were launching a new offensive against the Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra front who control areas of northern Aleppo.

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Sweden’s Deputy PM Calls 9/11 an ‘Accident’

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Is it possible any more for senior members of Sweden’s Green Party to speak to the press without putting their foot in their mouth? A case in point: Deputy Prime Minister and Green Party co-leader Åsa Romson on Tuesday told a local website called, simply, The Local, that she refuses to let terror set the agenda, and then she referred to the September 11, 2001 attacks as “accidents.”

The interview with The Local followed Romson’s appearance on public television SVT’s breakfast show “Gomorron Sverige” (Good morning Sweden — but you knew that) on Tuesday morning, where she defended her party comrade, former housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, who had been forced to resign this week for comparing Israel’s treatment of the Arabs to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. Don’t ask.

Romson praised Kaplan’s efforts working with Muslim youth associations in Sweden, including his former role as leader of the group Sweden’s Young Muslims.

“He has been chairman of Young Muslims in tough situations like the September 11th accidents,” she said.

Naturally, the gaffe was received with a wild orgy of condemnations and calls for her resignation, which goes to show you that most Swedes still don’t believe the Twin Towers came down due to mechanical failure in two consecutive passenger planes.

It should be noted that Romson’s behavior has been kind of Aspergerish in the past, too. A short while after the terror attacks in Paris last November, where ISIS terrorists killed 130 and injured 352, Romson tweeted: “The very serious events in Paris right now can obstruct the climate change summit in December when more than 100 heads of state have planned on taking part.”

And last May, she said about the situation in the Mediterranean refugee crisis: “We are turning the Mediterranean into the new Auschwitz.”

Considering the fact that more than a million people, most of them Jews, were murdered in Auschwitz, the comparison, as unfortunate as the refugee crisis may be, was a bit disproportionate.

Now, there’s a term a Swede can understand.

David Israel

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