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High Court: Ofra and Adam to Lose Fence Protection

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Despite the significant rise in terror attacks against Jews in Judea and Samaria, the Israeli High Court ruled that the fences around two towns, Ofra and Adam in the Binyamin region, be dismantled.

The Israeli High Court ruled that the fences were built without the proper authorizations, and they cut off Arab access to some farmland. The fences were built to prevent Arab terrorists from infiltrating into the town and committing terror attacks. Ofra is a community of 3000 residents, and Adam has over 4000 residents.

The IDF was supposed to dismantle the fences 3 months ago, and replace them with new fences around the towns, but it never began work on either project.

The primary reason the IDF did not comply is because they Ministry of Defence never gave approval or funding for the replacement fences.

Major General Nitzan Alon just gave the order to dismantle the security fences around two towns by this coming Friday, even though no replacement fence is in place.

It may take the IDF up to 6 months to build a new fence to protect the towns, assuming the IDF gets the approvals and funding.

Alon said the IDF will increase patrols around the communities until a replacement fence is built.

The town of Ofra has petitioned the High Court to not destroy the fence until a new one is built, as the IDF patrols alone are insufficient protection against Arab terror in the area. An answer to the petition is expected mid-week.

Army Violently Evacuates Oz Etzion Outpost

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

At the Oz Etzion (Jewish) outpost in the Binyamin region, a large number of troops arrived on Saturday night to expel the residents and destroy the homes that were built there.

There are two permanent homes built on the site. They were rebuilt there after troops destroyed the homes that were on the hill a month ago.

According to the Tazpit News agency, troops violently attacked the local residents, after they asked the troops to not destroy the equipment that was there.

One person was reported to have been pepper sprayed after he was handcuffed, while a second was violently attacked and his camera was taken away, on which he had recorded the violence.

Anarchists and Palestinians Protest at Rami Levy

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Eighty Palestinians and Anarchists burst into the Rami Levy supermarket in the Binyamin region (north of Jerusalem).

The demonstrators were waving Palestinian flags and blocking the entrance to both the  Binyamin Industrial Park where Rami Levy is located, as well as stopping traffic on Highway 60 which leads to it. The demonstrators are calling on Palestinians to not buy at the store because of the “Occupation”.

IDF and Police arrived and broke up the demonstration using shock grenades. Two foreign activists and two Palestinians were arrested. One protesters was injured and taken away by a Red Crescent ambulance.

Rami Levy hires Jewish and Arab workers, and Jews and Arabs shop side by side in all his stores.

The Ramy Levi stores have been touted as models of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs. [Draw your own conclusions about the protesters].

At the Binyamin Industrial Park, where this Rami Levy is located, Arabs and Jews were together in the various shops and businesses.

Two Injured From Arab Rock Throwing

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

In an Arab rock throwing incident Sunday morning near Michmas in the Binyamin region, three cars were damaged and two Israelis were injured.

One of the injured was treated on site, the second was transported to Hadassah-Har Tzofim hospital for treatment.

Update: Details on Funeral of Benzion Netanyahu, Father of Prime Minister

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Professor Benzion Netanyahu will be laid to rest at 5pm on Monday at the Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood.

The former aide to Ze’ev Jabotinsky, father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Operation Entebbe hero Yoni Netanyahu, was 102.  For more about Professor Benzion, click here.


The Megillah: How-To Manual on Defeating Anti-Semites

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Throughout the entire Scroll of ESTHER, God’s Name does not appear even once. Upon a casual reading, it would seem that Haman, Ahashverosh, Mordechai, and Esther are fully responsible for the events taking place within the narrative. Intrigue, human jealousies, and political machinations all account for the twists and turns within the Megillah as events of great significance to the Jewish Nation unfold.

After completing the story, however, it becomes clear that the juxtaposition of all the coincidences is nothing short of miraculous as God’s Hand becomes visible through the thin veil of history. It is important to note that the events described in ESTHER took place over a period spanning roughly ten years. Ahashverosh’s party took place in 3395, Haman drew the lots in 3404 and Israel won our victory in 3405 (dates according to Seder HaDorot). Living through that period, one would probably not have noticed anything extraordinary taking place as everything was unfolding according to the laws of nature. There was nothing especially supernatural about the process that we retroactively understand as having been miraculous.

Our Sages teach in the Jerusalem Talmud (Brachot 1:1) that we must look at the Purim story as a model to understand the final Redemption process. Through the epic story of mankind, HaShem weaves the Redemption of Israel. When making the effort to closely examine our own times, we can see God orchestrating the historic events – large and small – that have brought Israel back to our borders and are bringing the world ever closer to perfection.

We celebrate Purim today with great joy because we are familiar with the story’s victorious ending. The Hebrews of ancient Persia, however, had clearly found themselves in a very frightening situation. Persia’s Jews were faced with the threat of complete annihilation. And Mordechai – who Israel today praises as a national hero – may have been much less appreciated in his own generation. A superficial reading of ESTHER can even lead one to attribute Mordechai blame for placing his people in such a terrifying position.

“All the king’s servants at the king’s gate would bow down and prostrate themselves before Haman, for so had the king commanded concerning him. But Mordechai would not bow and would not prostrate himself.” (ESTHER 3:2)

The rabbinic leadership of Shushan at the time strongly condemned Mordechai’s refusal to bow before Haman. Comfortable with life outside of their homeland, they feared Mordechai might provoke Persian Jew-hatred and spoil their enjoyable Diaspora existence. But according to our commentators, Haman either engraved the image of an idol on his robes (Ibn Ezra) or attributed to himself the powers of a deity (Rashi). Because it is well known that the Torah commands one to die rather than bow before a false god, the condemnation of Mordechai seems somewhat unjustified.

The Maharal of Prague clarifies the rabbinic position in Ohr Hadash by explaining that Mordechai went out of his way to appear before Haman in order to purposefully demonstrate that he would not bow, thus creating an otherwise avoidable confrontation. The Sages record how the Jews of Persia reacted.

“They said to Mordechai, `Know that you are putting us at the mercy of that evil man’s sword!'” (Agadat Esther 3:2; Megillah 12:2, commentary of the Radvaz)

“So the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordechai, `Why do you disobey the king’s command?’ Finally, when they said this to him day after day and he did not heed them, they told Haman, to see whether Mordechai’s words would avail; for he had told them that he was a Jew.” (ESTHER 3:3-4)

A close reading of the Megillah reveals that Mordechai’s refusal to bow before Haman was not an isolated incident. Rather, he had gone out of his way several times in order to walk near the minister and publicly antagonize him. Because Mordechai could have easily avoided the situation but instead engaged in actions that were deliberately confrontational, Shushan’s Jewish leaders seem justified in their condemnation.

Even when Mordechai saw that “Haman was filled with wrath” (ESTHER 3:5), he continued to intentionally provoke the viceroy. Based on his actions and the Talmud’s teaching (Pesachim 64b) that a person is forbidden from relying on miracles, one could easily argue that Mordechai behaved irresponsibly with the lives of his people. The Maharal, however, defends Mordechai (in Ohr Hadsash), asserting that challenging Israel’s enemies ultimately leads to the sanctification of God’s Name.

The Midrash recounts that Mordechai explained to Haman that the reason he would not bow was that he was born of kings from the tribe of Binyamin. Haman countered, “But Yaakov, Binyamin’s father, bowed before Esav, my ancestor.” Mordechai answered him in turn, “Yes, but that was before Binyamin was born. He was born in Eretz Yisrael, and his soul, therefore, was an elevated soul. He would not bow down before others.” (Esther Rabbah 7:9)

Tel Shiloh Declared a National Heritage Site

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The Israeli Government has approved ten projects promoting sites of historical significance, including an archeological site in Tel Shiloh, in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

These promotional projects will allocate millions of Shekels to the rehabilitation and development of the sites. All the sites are of historic and Jewish significance.

Shiloh housed the Mishkan – the Tabernacle – during the period of the Judges, and essentially served as Israel’s capital in the 13th century BCE. It was destroyed some time before the establishment of the First Israelite commonwealth. Archeological findings at the site indicate that the area was inhabited in later periods as well, including during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. A visitor’s center was established there a few years ago, to facilitate study of the Tabernacle. Tens of thousands of people visit the site every year.

To date, there have been only minor excavations at the site, with no comprehensive and thorough uncovering of the entire ancient city. This new promotional project will enable the completion of archeological diggings. An educational center will also be established to focus on the biblical events that occurred here thousands of years ago.

The National Heritage Site program was initiated two years ago, and is intended to preserve, rehabilitate and reconstruct sites of historical Jewish and Zionist importance. Thirty sites, including Tel Arad, the Herodium, and Beit Ha’Aztmaut in Tel Aviv, will receive this special dispensation, ensuring that their national and educational value are properly presented to the public, while cultivating the national identity of the state and preserving a unique history for generations to come.

Tamar Asraf, Binyamin and Shiloh’s spokeswoman, told Tazpit: “We are very happy that the government has come to this decision. We think it is a worthy and proper development, as Shiloh was the capital city of the first commonwealth. The site has earned its place in this distinguished list as a result of its significance”.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/tel-shiloh-original-home-of-the-tabernacle-declared-a-national-heritage-site/2012/02/15/

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