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December 2, 2015 / 20 Kislev, 5776
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Would Your Great Grandparents Believe This?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

If you told your great grandparents the following they wouldn’t believe a word. But it’s all true:

My husband just called. He’s in Efrat, the small town in the hills of Judea, about 10 miles south of Jerusalem, the capitol of Israel. It’s the town in which I lived last year, during my “Year of Living Israelly.”

My husband is in Israel to see the graduation ceremony of our son, who just finished basic training in the Israeli army and is about to enter some combat unit, he doesn’t yet know which one.

My husband had been at the wine store in Efrat — it specializes in wines made in Israel. He was on his way to the big grocery store at the Gush Etzion Junction — the Rami Levi — to buy food for our daughter (who is in the Israeli Air Force) to cook for Shabbat. She asked for boneless chicken, and he wanted to ask me if they had that at the Rami Levi, and if not what he should get instead.

But coming out of Efrat there was a huge traffic jam, and Route 60 — the road to Hevron, where three thousand years ago our father Abraham bought a burial plot for our Mother Sarah, as explained in the coming week’s parsha — was completely jammed going south, the direction in which my husband had to go.

My husband checked the news and found that, right at that junction, an Arab had just tried to kill some Jewish soldiers. It seems the Arab had been detained because he looked suspicious, and while he was being questioned he took out a knife and tried to stab the soldiers.

Savor that — the Jewish soldiers had detained the man who wanted to slaughter Jews. The Jewish soldiers were armed with automatic weapons.

The Arab, after he’d been detained and while he was being questioned, took out a knife and tried to stab one of the soldiers. Such a stupid and pointless act is impossible to understand until you remember that the Arab’s family will now be a paid a pension for this ridiculous, doomed attack. That pension, by the way, is financed in part by U.S. Tax dollars.

The predictable result resulted. The Arab is dead. The traffic jam was another predictable result.

My husband will go to the Rami Levi tomorrow. There will be more traffic, because it’s right before Shabbat, but maybe less if some other genius doesn’t try to stab Jewish soldiers, armed thank God with automatic weapons, who are there to protect Jews who have the wild presumption to live next door to Arabs.

By the way, that Rami Levi is typically filled on Thursdays with Arabs buying produce for their Shabbat – Friday – but they probably can’t get there today either because of the traffic jam caused by the Arab’s attempted stabbing.

If you told your great grandparents, living in their shtetlach of Eastern Europe — where, you can be sure, there was no Jewish army, armed with anything — they wouldn’t believe a word.

Roads Closed Efrat – Karmei Tzur

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Highway 60 is currently closed in both directions from the city of Efrat to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur.

The closure follows a vehicle terror attack at the Gush Etzion junction close to the turnoff for Efrat.

Efrat’s Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Efrat’s elite, rapid-response, counter-terrorism unit, “Ninja unit”, during a training exercise on Thursday night in the town.

It’s unlikely any terrorist stupid enough to infiltrate into the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion would survive the encounter.

Now, if only they could find that missing pizza pie.

Kitat Konninut Efrat 2

Firebombs, Rocks and Rioting in Gush Etzion

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

10:23 AM Arabs are throwing firebombs and rocks at vehicles driving past Beit Umar, on Thurday morning. H/T Efrat Wise

10:30 AM Arabs are rioting at the T-junction in Gush Etzion between Efrat and Tekoa. No injuries or damage reported.

Stone-Throwing Arab Terrorists Attack Drivers in Gush Etzion

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Palestinian Arab terrorists attacked Israeli drivers in Judea along Highway 60 late Saturday night.

The attacks took place near the Jewish community of Efrat.

At least one vehicle was struck by rocks hurled by the attackers, which smashed the car’s windshield.

Miraculously, no one was physically hurt in the attack.

On Saturday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced that four Israeli Arab teens were arrested for the Jerusalem stone-throwing murder on Rosh Hashana of Alexander Levlovitz.

This past Thursday, the Security Cabinet approved new rules of engagement as well as immediate steps to combat stone and Molotov cocktail throwers.

A new, three-year temporary order sets the minimum penalty of four years in prison for adults who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Judges may deviate from the minimum sentences but must provide reasons for it.

IDF Soldiers Foil Firebomb Attack Near Efrat

Monday, August 24th, 2015

IDF soldiers stopped a terrorist attack in Judea on Sunday night on Highway 60, just outside of the Jewish community of Efrat, about five minutes south of Jerusalem.

Two Palestinian Authority Arabs were caught by the soldiers as they were preparing to hurl firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at an IDF outpost located outside the Jewish community.

The suspects were turned over to security forces for interrogation.

Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief Rabbinate

Monday, July 6th, 2015

(EFRAT- July 6, 2015) The Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin made his first public statements following a month-long ordeal where Israel’s Chief Rabbinate held up the extension of his rabbinic tenure.

Speaking at a reception of Efrat residents hosted by Mayor Oded Ravivi to mark the continued tenure, Rabbi Riskin stated that he was forced to “rely on reports in the media” regarding his standing, and that the Rabbinate never attempted to reach out to him directly to explain the reason for the unprecedented delay in extending his tenure. (Editor’s note: JewishPress.com was the first to report on the tenure extension crisis in English.)

The ordeal began when the Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically renew Rabbi Riskin’s post and instead chose to delay their decision as they examined the merit of extending his thirty-two year tenure as Efrat’s religious leader.

“The Rabbis didn’t speak with me at all,” said Rabbi Riskin. “From the moment they chose not to automatically extend my tenure, I didn’t receive any indication from any of the members of the Chief Rabbinate whether they intended to renew my position. Even the rumors that I was to be invited for some sort of hearing turned out to be false,” Rabbi Riskin continued.

Responding to claims that some of his Halachic rulings were deemed problematic by a few members of the Rabbinate, Rabi Riskin stated, “I am sure all of my decisions are based on accepted Halachic precedent. Even the rulings that some viewed as too far ‘outside the box’ are based on decisions by former Chief Rabbis. This is a debate about differing ideological paths.”

Rabbi Riskin also spoke about the Kashrut issue that has been publicly debated in recent days. The Rabbi reminded his audience that it is in the interest of the Rabbinate that Kosher food be readily available to as many Jews as possible.

“The Chief Rabbinate must ensure that Kosher food is accessible to all the Jews in Israel, and that it is done so at the lowest possible cost to the general public. It should be their highest priority that as many Jews as possible eat Kosher. This is not what is happening right now with the latest decisions. The Rabbinate should be opening its arms in acceptance and limiting divisiveness in Israeli society,” Rabbi Riskin concluded.

In his comments, Rabbi Riskin urged the Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society and return to the vision for the institution set out by the original Chief Rabbi Kook which was intended to respond to the needs of all the Jewish citizens of Israel.

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