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ISIS-Targeted Bataclan Theater Previously Warned for Being Pro-Israel[video]

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) may have targeted the Bataclan theater Friday because it has previously hosted pro-Israel events.

The terrorist also may have thought that the theater’s owners were Jewish. The new owners bought the building three months ago from Jewish owners, one of whom has since moved to Israel.

More than 80 people were massacred during a rock concert Friday night before a SWAT team arrived and killed the two terrorists who randomly shot their victims while shouting “Allahu akbar!”

Bataclan previously has been threatened for hosting pro-Israel events, such as last month’s conference of approximately 500 Christian Zionists.

Seven years ago, 10 men with keffiahs over their heads showed up at the theater and demanded to speak with the management.

One of them told security guards:

This is something we cannot continue to accept. You will pay the consequences of your actions. We came here to pass along a small message. Be warned. Next time we won’t be coming here to talk.

The French Jewish group CRIF stated after the attack:

Our country is bloodied by all those innocent lives cut short by the bullets of these new barbarians. The world war against the monstrosity of jihadist fanaticism must become the top priority of democratic nations

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

RivkA Matitya z”l : Move to Israel, Don’t Wait

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Today is the 5th yahrzeit of RivkA Matityah z”l (Karin Zuckerman), who died of breast cancer at the young age of 44.

RivkA first came to Israel in 1987, and made Aliyah in 1989.

There probably wasn’t an English-speaking Oleh/Olah who lived in Jerusalem for those 2 decades who didn’t know the strong-willed, idealistic, enthusiastic, outgoing, Zionist and life-loving RivkA.

Here is a clip from an early Tuesday Night Live show in Jerusalem when they gave RivkA the mic. Ari didn’t know he wasn’t getting it back so easily.

(The audio-video sync is a bit off)

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Report: CIA Recruiting Israeli Soldiers

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

IDF Intelligence officers have warned Israeli soldiers that the CIA may be trying to gain their confidence to obtain information that could reveal security information.

The memo warns soldiers to “be aware and report any unusual incidents.”

The IDF attached to its memo a copy of an article from a Israeli newspaper that once reported that American s serving in the IDF were extensively questioned when they visited or returned to the United States.

The American government has ears and eyes in Israel, both on the spy level and within the consulate.

One security officer in a community in Judea and Samaria told The JewishPress.com:

During the Oslo era, a Foreign Service officer called me and started a friendly conversation with small talk. After he figured we were ‘friends,’ he began to ask details on how a new outpost was receiving electricity and water.

I told him to try someone else.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

American and Canadian Jews Flying on Aliyah in Face of Terror

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.

The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:

We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.

Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

6 Leading Jewish Figures Weigh In on Aliyah and the Yamim Noraim

Friday, September 18th, 2015

1) Rabbi Yehoshua Fass:

2) Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau:

3) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin:

4) Shani Taragin:

5) Rabbi Ari Berman:

6) Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel:

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A Response to South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Dear Chief Rabbi Goldstein,

Your video describing the Jewish history and connection to the Land of Israel was moving and beautiful. Your defense of our homeland and Jerusalem was pure eloquence.

There was a parable recently told over in Torah Tidbits of two brothers who were ill with an exotic disease called Galusia, and they had to eat non-kosher South African elephant meat in order to survive. (I’m paraphrasing TT here).

The first did so with regret, but knew he had no other choice. The second brother became an international elephant meat connoisseur, writing books and making videos on how to cook South African elephant meat and make the most wonderful dishes.

One day a cure was found for their disease (discovered by an Israeli company, as it happens).

The first brother was happy and relieved beyond belief. He no longer had to eat non-kosher food.

But the second brother now how to give up his beloved South African elephant meat, the thing he learned to enjoy more than anything else in the world.

Rabbi Goldstein, your description of Israel was moving and beautiful, even as your love for South Africa is clear.

But there is now a cure for Galusia.

Please, with your congregation, please come home to Israel.

Galus is the disease, Israel is the cure.

JoeSettler

Aliyah Rises 13% Since Last Rosh HaShanah

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Immigration to Israel is up 13% compared with last year, with most of the rise from France and Ukraine among 97 countries whose citizens made Aliyah.

Approximately 3,600 Jews from North American have moved to Israel since last Rosh HaShanah, approximately the same number as the year before,

In the past 12 months, 29,500 Jews made Aliyah, compared with 26,000 in the Hebrew calendar year of 5774.

Most of this year’s immigrants came from the former Soviet Union – 14,100, compared with 10,800 last year – and from Europe, from where approximately 9,000 people came on Aliyah, 600 more than the previous year.

There was a modest increase in Aliyah from South America.

The two largest sources of Aliyah were France, with 7,350 immigrants compared with 6,700 in 5774, a 10% increase), and Ukraine, with 6,900 immigrants compared to 4,600 last year, a 50% increase.

The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption have been running programs in both countries in order to encourage Aliyah and remove barriers to the immigrants’ integration in Israeli society. Aliyah from Russia also saw a significant 23% increase with the arrival of some 5,900 immigrants this year compared to 4,800 in 5774.

Also in Europe, some 690 immigrants arrived in Israel from the United Kingdom, a 13% increase when compared with the 612 who came last year. Some 400 arrived from Italy, a 30% increase, compared with 300 last year, and 290 came from Belgium, similar to last year’s figure.

Immigrants to Israel came from 97 countries across the world. One immigrant each came from Andorra, Angola, Namibia, Paraguay, the Philippines, and Slovakia.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said:

For the past few years, the majority of immigrants to Israel have been coming from free and democratic Western countries. These immigrants’ free choice to live in Israel, and their preference for Israel over other countries, is the true triumph of Zionism.

Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Ze’ev Elkin estimated that Aliyah in the civilian calendar year of 2015 will be the highest in a decade, with 30,000-35,000 new immigrants expected.

Thousands of the new “olim” are young college graduates in engineering and technology, and more than 1,000 are doctors and other medical professionals.

The three most popular destinations in Israel were Tel Aviv-Yafo, which welcomed some 3,500 new immigrants, the coastal city of Netanya with 3,400, and Jerusalem, which some 3,000 new immigrants made their home in 5775.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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