web analytics
August 21, 2014 / 25 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘AM’

A Ray of Light Behind the Clouds

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Some years ago I was invited to speak at a secular high school for exceptionally bright students. The student body was mostly non-Jewish. Since I am a Holocaust survivor, they asked that I address that subject. After my presentation the principal asked if I would agree to a Q&A session. “By all means,” I answered.

The first student at the microphone asked a question that I sensed was on the minds of many there. “Where was G-d?” he asked. “How can you keep your faith?”

I replied:

“You asked me a question and I will respond with a question of my own. Where was man? And I do not refer only to the satanic Nazis but to all the nations that were complicit in this unspeakable evil.

“As far as faith goes, in what and in whom could I have placed my faith? In twentieth-century enlightenment, education, culture, science? I saw university graduates use their scientific know-how to create gas chambers where millions of lives were snuffed out. I saw doctors maim, torture and kill. I will simply ask once again, ‘Where was man – where was modern Western civilization?’

“Whenever I seek answers I turn to the pages of our Torah, for everything is to be found within it. I invite you to meet the very first family who lived on this planet. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. They lived in paradise. No one had to go to work. The climate was perfect – not too hot, not too cold. There was no illness and no death. G-d intended for man to live forever but then man debased himself. He became corrupt and evil.

“Cain and Abel made a deal. ‘Let’s divide the world between us,’ they said. And so they did. Livestock was to belong to Abel, real estate to Cain. But no sooner had Cain received his portion than he said to Abel, ‘The land is mine, get off it.’ And with that he killed his brother. G-d asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ To which he responded, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’

“To this day Cain’s question echoes in the wind. Man plunders, kills, rapes – but instead of accepting accountability for his heinous deeds he shifts the blame to G-d and asks with audacity, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’

“Thousands of years have passed and man has yet to respond, ‘Yes G-d, I am my brother’s keeper. Forgive me. It was all my fault. I take responsibility. Almighty G-d, give me another chance. Allow me to try again.’

“The question ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ means, in essence, ‘You, G-d, created the world; You, G-d, are in charge. Why did You allow this to happen? Where were You? How can I believe in You if You allowed this monstrous atrocity to occur?’

“Has anything changed in thousands of years? Yes, things have changed. Cain killed his brother with his hands or a primitive instrument but today modern man has harnessed his scientific brilliance to create hell on earth. The way of the first murderer Cain has become the reality by which modern man justifies his abominable deeds.”

* * * * * Recently I shared with readers my experiences when I spoke in South Africa. More than 5,000 people gathered for Torah study at the Sinai Indaba organized by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. In one of my presentations I spoke about the Holocaust. After the program a distinguished gentleman came over and introduced himself. He was a Christian living in Johannesburg. With tears he spilled out his heart.

“Rebbetzin,” he said, “we need to repent, to make atonement for the sins committed against the Jewish people. And we have to make that real, not just an empty declaration. I would like to convene multitudes of people and have you address them. Tell them about the Holocaust so they might all know and pass it on to future generations.”

This glimmer of light amid the dark clouds of anti-Semitism that once again are engulfing the world reminds us that dormant within the human heart is the spark of G-d. We must only plug into it and the voltage could light up the entire world. Whether or not that convention of Christians in Johannesburg will take place remains to be seen but the words were said, the call was made, and that in itself is significant.

Let’s return to the question that bright young student asked me: Where was G-d? Let us understand once and for all that G-d is not a puppeteer and we are not puppets. We have choices; that is what separates us from the animals. It is all recorded in this week’s parshah. “Behold I give you today blessing and curse.”

That choice is the challenge to every generation. The Torah speaks for all time. When will man choose good over evil, blessing over curse? Is it possible that that day will ever come? Of course it is.

There is a spark in the hearts of all men and I believe that one day that spark will burst forth into glorious light and banish all evil – and the world will know that “G-d is One, His Name is One.”

May that day soon come speedily in our own time.

Tuesday War Updates: 2 Al-Aqsa TV Journalists Killed in Air Strike

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Latest updates for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

8:25 PM A female driver was shot near the Husan bypass near Beitar Ilit in a drive-by shooting. Medical forces are treating her on site, but she is in serious condition. The woman is from Tzur Hadassah.

8:00 PM Permitted for release: Reserve soldier killed by mortar fire in Eshkol region.

7:51 PM Netivot and S’de Negev now under rocket fire.

7:45PM A total of 8 rockets were fired at Be’er Sheva. 3 were shot down by the Iron Dome system.

7:33 PM  Four rockets fall in Be’er Sheva. Sirens in Be’er Tuvia, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi. One rocket falls in built up area, no injuries.

7:32 PM Senior Israeli sources deny that there is any agreement on a cease fire.

7:30 PM: 2 Al-Aqsa TV journalists were killed in Gaza air strike. (Ma’an)

6:34 PM: The family that was trapped under their building in Rishon were in a bomb shelter. 2 lightly injured.

6:14 PM: Several victims of panic attacks, and a few feared trapped under a collapsed building in Rishon L’Tzion that was hit by a rocket.

6:12 PM: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion. Earlier, one man was seriously injured from a rocket that fell on a home in Ashkelon and 7 were hospitalized with light injuries after 7 rockets fell on two different locations in Ashdod.

4:58 PM: 6 Arabs accused of spying for Israel executed today.

4:50 PM: After distributing warning leaflets to Gazans to leave the neighborhood north and south of Gaza City, the IDF has launched a massive attack on Hamas assets. Several Arabs are reported dead. In the last 2 hours, the IAF has demolished 30 smuggling tunnels, eliminated 3 launch teams and hit 3 seniors terrorists and 2 weapons carrying vehicles.

3:35 PM: Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over Ashdod.

3:34 PM: 5 hurt lightly from rocket in Eshkol.

2:42 PM: IDF heavy artillery is bombarding Gaza, targeting the launch sites that have been attacking Israeli population centers since early morning.

2:31 PM: Arab killed in new IAF air strike on Gaza City.

2:36 PM: 1 critically injured from 3 mortar shells in an Eshkol kibbutz.

2:32 PM: The Armor officer who was injured from mortar fire died in Be’er Sheva hospital.

2:24 PM: Israel police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open area, no injuries reported.

2:19 PM: 2 Rockets hit a Christian Arab village in Gush Etzion, two injured. Correction: No rocket fell in Efrat.

2:02 PM: Direct hit at a home in RC Eshkol. Several injuries reported. EMT on its way.

1:53 PM: Palestinians report launch team killed in Gaza.

1:48 PM: Direct hit at a factory in RC Sdot Negev. No one hurt.

13:37 PM: Young Arab injured during clashes with IDF forces at Huwwara checkpoint near Shchem (Ma’an).

13:25 PM: Clashes between IDF forces and Arabs during Hebron funeral of Arab who was shot and killed after attacking Israeli soldiers on Monday.

12:32 PM: Hamas fired rockets at a Gaza crossing today, limiting the amount of goods entering. Only 24 out of a scheduled 120 trucks entered the city. Crossing is now closed.

12:31 PM: Rocket falls in a backyard in Sderot.

12:09 PM: The man injured in RC Eshkol was an Armor officer in his 40s. A shrapnel hit his chest. He was removed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

11:24 AM:  A volley of rockets fall on Regional Council Eshkol outside the Gaza Strip.

10:39 AM: 2 interceptions over Ashdod.

10:24 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Be’er Sheva.

10:16 AM: A man was seriously injured from a Gaza rocket at the Regional Council Eshkol. He is being sedated and recusitated and will be flown to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

8:58 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Ashdod

8:57 AM: A volley of 16 rockets hit Be’er Sheva. severe damage to a bus and a home.

7:57 AM: Sirens in Beer Sheva. 2 rocket were intercepted over the city.

6:55 AM: Overnight, the IDF continued to attack about 100 terrorist targets, including underground launchers, terror tunnels and weapons stores, inflicting great damage on these assets. More attacks on buildings belonging to several senior offiocers of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which served as command centers. Additionally, a north Gaza bank used to transfer terrorist funds was attacked. About 10 tunnels serving as shelters for Hamas seniors were attacked. Israel’s Navy fired at targets on the shoreline of the central Gaza Strip, hitting its targets accurately, following months of Intelligence gathering and analysis. Also, during the night artillery shots were fired at suspected points in the Gaza Strip.

06:25 AM: IDF  says Five rockets fired at Israel since midnight. Iron Dome intercepted two of the five.

06:18 AM: Airstrikes targeting Khan Younis. (Ma’an)

06:14 AM: A Ma’an reporter says Israeli aircraft bombing east of Khan Younis. (Ma’an)

06:04 AM: Update: The area targeted in Sheikh Zayed city (03:31) is confirmed to be a security site. (Ma’an)

05:30 AM: A house is severely damaged after airstrikes in Beit Lahiya, but there are no reports of injuries. (Ma’an)

05:10 AM: More explosions reported. (Ma’an)

04:25 AM: Explosion reported in Beit Lahiya. (Ma’an)

04:06 AM: Explosion reported in Gaza City. (Ma’an)

3:00 AM: The Cabinet of 9 meeting over the continued operation has ended, no information released. Israeli officials refused Tuesday to disclose details of the talks underway with Egypt, and stressed that the IDF continues to prepare for a ground operation as long as the fire from Gaza continues.

 

Gaza live report: Day 7
Published today (updated) 20/11/2012 14:40
Palestinians pray next to the bodies of members of the al-Dalou
family during a funeral in Gaza City Nov. 19, 2012. Nine members
of the family, including four children, were killed in an airstrike
on their house, medics said. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
14:31 Ahmad al-Dada killed in new airstrike on Gaza City,

Morning Briefing of Overnight Activities in Gaza

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Two missiles launched since midnight (total 104 since the operation began Wednesday afternoon.

Three terrorists were killed in Khan Yunis that were firing rockets towards the Eshkol region.

28 Israelis were treated for shell shock.

1 person lightly wounded from broken glass, in Be’er Sheva.

UN Security Council discusses situation between Israel and Gaza, but reached no conclusions.

At 4:38 AM, Israel targeted the Palestinian Parliament building in Gaza.

13 dead in Gaza, and over 90 wounded.

President Obama discusses situation with Egyptian president Morsi, telling him it is Israel’s right to defend itself.

Last rocket attacks for at 6:51 AM in the Eshkol region. No injuries reported.

 

 

Rockets Injure 3 in Sderot

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Radio Darom (South) reports that 3 people in Sderot were injured from shrapnel from a rocket launch. The injuries are listed as light to moderate.

A 4th person has been injured, but no details are available yet.

At least 10 rockets were launched at Sderot between 7:55 AM and 8:15 AM on Sunday morning.

Click here for the longer list of rocket launches from Gaza.

Rockets Hit Israel All Night Long

Monday, October 29th, 2012

We lost count as to the number of rockets and mortars that hit Southern Israel overnight (Sunday night-Monday morning).

The sirens went off at: 2:06 AM, 2:14 AM, 2:25 AM, 2:35 AM. 2:44 AM, 3:42 AM and 5:40 AM.

The Eshkol region was hit, Ashkelon beach area was hit.

At out count, we estimate at least a dozen rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel.

The IDF has not yet responded to this particular barrage, but did hit Gazan terror targets including a rocket launch site earlier in the evening in response to Saturday’s attacks from Gaza.

Rains of Blessing

Friday, October 26th, 2012

It’s not an easy translation, the Mishna’s notion of “gishmei bracha.” Midrash Rabah (Vayikra 35:10) suggests that the blessing of “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit” (Lev. 26:4) is fully realized when those rains come down at night.

During the days of King Herod, who endeavored to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, it would only rain at night, and come morning the clouds would disperse, the sun would come out and the workmen would go out to do their labor knowing their actions are favored by their Father in Heaven.

A slightly different view suggests the verse is fully realized when it rains on Shabbat nights (meaning Friday nights). The midrash relates that in the days of Shimon Ben Shatach and his sister, Queen Shlomtzion, the rain would come down only on Shabbat nights, until the wheat grains became the size of kidneys and the rye the size of olive pits and the lentils the size of gold dinars. The sages then harvested and preserved those huge yields for the coming generations, so they would realize how much good they can receive if only they didn’t sin.

It rained early this morning throughout Israel. We received our share in Netanya. Strong, hard, rain, which went on for about an hour and then stopped just before 7 AM, so we could go to shul.

Shabbat Shalom.

Police: Shooting at Manchester Yeshiva Intentional

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

British police reported that the shots fired in front of Manchester’s Yeshivat Shaarei Torah around 2 AM last night. were aimed at the yeshiva and did not happen by accident. The yeshiva is located in the mostly Jewish neighborhood of Broughton Park.

According a report in the Jewish Chronicleת אwo 17 year old boys from Broughton have been arrested  on suspicion of possessing, and discharging a firearm at the Yeshiva in Upper Park Road, in Manchester.

The incident is not being treated as a hate crime or anti-Semitic.

According a report in the Jewish Chronicle, two cars were driving erratically around the yeshiva, which is the largest yeshiva in Manchester, with prominent Hebrew writing on its street side, and then a flash from a gunshot was seen and a shot heard.

A few students went outside to ask the driver to stop honking his horn in the middle of the night. While they were talking, another car arrived and its driver fired a few gunshots.

According to some witnesses only one gunshot was heard.

Police closed down the area.

The website Chadrei Chareidim noted that two weeks ago local police arrested a Muslim who was planning to hit Jewish institutions in Manchester, including Shaarei Torah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-shooting-at-manchester-yeshiva-intentional/2012/07/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: