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Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashana’

Tunnel Vision

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

When the shofar blows on Rosh Hashana this year, let us not forget that the wailing sound could have been ambulance sirens. You see, there had been a diabolical plan probably being worked on last Rosh Hashana and perhaps for many Rosh Hashanas in a row as jackhammers and pickaxes ripped at the earth, desperately clawing for a pathway into our land. The Tunnels dug by Hamas to infiltrate Israel were in the works for years, and from the information gathered by Israeli intelligence during operation Protective Edge, it seems that the goal had been to use these tunnels to launch a massive terrorist attack this very Rosh Hashana: Dozens, if not hundreds, of terrorists planned to coordinate infiltration to our holy land via numerous tunnels to attack as many communities as possible.

With the hand of the almighty the tunnels have been destroyed, but let us not forget the lessons that they teach us. The Gemara in Rosh Hashana 10B tells us that Rosh Hashana was a time for miracles: It was on this day of the Holy calendar that G-d opened the wombs of our barren matriarchs to provide them with the progeny that became our forefathers, it was on this day that after Yosef had reached the lowest point of his subterranean journeys to reach the pits of Pharoah’s prison that he was finally released, and it was on this day that the demoralizing and backbreaking work when the Jews were enslaved in Egypt ceased. And so, on the birthday of the world’s creation, we see that miracles have been happening throughout history. On the same day that was the dawn of history, our people have been redeemed time and time again.

Today is no different. This Rosh Hashana is no different. We have been redeemed from a terrible evil. The tunnels were destroyed, the plots of Hamas for their unparalleled terror attacks on our Holy Rosh Hashana were foiled. But the question is, how will we react to this modern salvation? How will we treat our lives and our year? Will we rise to the challenge, make ourselves better people, the type of people worthy of G-d’s miraculous salvation? Will we love each other and strive to reach higher heights in our service of G-d?…..who knows who could have died from such an attack if it had succeeded this Rosh Hashana? Maybe your cousin? Perhaps your old friend from childhood?…….Or could it have been you?

We need to mend our ways this New Year, but we also need to open our eyes. G-d’s miracles are everywhere if only we would venture to look at our world in panorama; They are happening above us, around us, and even underground. And so, when we say in prayer so many times this Rosh Hashana, “Melech Ozer, U’moshiah, U’magen- The King who helps good things happen to us, saves us from bad things that are happening, and protects us from bad things happening in the first place” remember that many of us our living on borrowed time, saved from things we never even knew we were in danger of in the first place this past year.

The miracles in life aren’t always things we see. In fact, often they are things that we never will know about in this lifetime. I keep thinking about how G-d saves us from countless perils every day, and we don’t even notice. However, when they are revealed to us, when our dimmed eyes focus themselves as the heroic acts of G-d are illuminated, it is important to take note.

And so, when the shofar blows on Rosh Hashana this year, let us not forget that the wailing sound could have been ambulance sirens. When we cry out before G-d to save our souls, let us not forget that the crying could have been for souls not saved on that very day. And when the Jews who have the privilege of davening the High Holiday prayers in the Holy Land make their way to synagogue, let us not forget what or who could have been lurking underground beneath their feet…

Beth Perkel

Report: IDF Foils Rosh Hashana Terror Attack Set for Gush Etzion

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Released for publication: Israel’s security establishment has foiled a terror attack that was set to take place on Rosh Hashana.

Seven Hamas terrorists were arrested late Sunday night (Sept. 21) by IDF soldiers from the Duchifat battalion. The fugitives are suspected of plotting to carry out a terror attack in Gush Etzion during the Jewish new year holiday.

According to a report posted on the Hebrew-language 0404 website, IDF soldiers made the arrests in the Palestinian Authority Arab town of Kfar Sair, northeast of Hebron. During a search of the houses the soldiers also uncovered a large cache of ammunition and knives.

All seven suspects were turned over to the Shin Bet for interrogation.

A total of 16 fugitives were arrested overnight in Judea and Samaria for terrorist activity, rioting and disturbing the peace, according to an IDF spokesperson. All were transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

In other security-related news, Palestinian Authority Arabs clashed with IDF soldiers during riots earlier Sunday night in the PA-controlled city of Bethlehem.

Several “protesters” suffered the after-effects of inhaling tear gas after IDF soldiers fired tear gas canisters to control the violent mob.

Hana Levi Julian

Selichot

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Ashkenazi Jews begin saying Selichot tonight, the week of Rosh Hashana.

Selichot are forgiveness prayers that are customarily said before the Rosh Hashana holiday, until Yom Kippur. They’re typically said after midnight.

Jews of Sephardi descent say Selichot for the entire month of Elul, which is the month leading up to Rosh Hashana.

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Negotiations With Hamas Moved Up a Day

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Negotiations between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group were supposed to recommence this Wednesday in Cairo, but someone with a Jewish calendar must have finally realized that Wednesday night begins the High Holiday of Rosh Hashana, and the timing was not the best.

So, the “indirect” negotiations were pushed forward by one day, to this Tuesday.

Presumably Israel will tell Hamas to demilitarize, and Hamas will respond by demanding a sea and air port, so they can more easily import larger missiles, then everyone will wish each other happy new year, and go home.

Whether or not an unsatisfied Hamas will launch rockets at Israel during the holidays remains to be seen.

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The Power of the Pomegranate

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Hamas Planned Rosh Hashana Tunnel Surprise

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Hamas had been preparing a murderous massive assault on Israeli civilian targets during the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah – according to anonymous sources in the Israeli security services cited by the Israeli daily Maariv.

Hamas had been planning a surprise attack where 200 fighters would have been dispatched through the dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel. The terror organization aimed to seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians. In total, thousands of Hamas terrorists would have been swarming across Israel, wearing IDF uniforms, which would have further complicated an Israeli response. Reports further indicate that Hezbollah may have planned to join the attack as well, opening another front in the north.

The source stressed that the current unplanned war with Hamas inadvertently thwarted a catastrophic event on an apocalyptic magnitude such as the Yom Kippur War, which would have ‘brought the State of Israel to its knees.’ The destruction of these tunnels takes away from Hamas a strategic weapon it has been working on and investing in heavily for years according to the source.

Each tunnel has arteries, veins, offshoots as well as offshoots of offshoots designed in intricate and complex arrangements. As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Speaking to the CBC, a senior Israeli defense official said the Israeli military had considerable prior knowledge of Hamas weaponry and tunnels, but was still “surprised” by the extent of both when the current ground operation began. He added that the network had not been detected by aerial surveillance, because Hamas had solved the most obvious problem: how to hide the piles of sand removed from the tunnels. This, he said, was painstakingly taken away, a few bags at a time, and stored out of sight in buildings and underneath greenhouses.

The official said Hamas had diverted huge quantities of cement, imported for civilian construction, into the building of concrete-block walls and roofs for the tunnels. As an example, he cited a 1.7-kilometer tunnel discovered in February 2013 that Israeli engineers estimated would have required 500 tons of concrete – “enough to build a three-story hospital.”

Israel has discovered 31 tunnels so far, and has destroyed several of them by employing bulldozers, explosive and other methods. IDF excavation of the tunnels has resulted in the seizure of tons of Hamas supplies, as well as the discovery of plans for future operations.

Israeli soldiers have already frustrated several surprise assaults by Hamas through tunnels from Gaza into southern Israel. On July 21, ten Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel. They were immediately spotted and eliminated, but the clash cost the lives of two IDF soldiers.

Speaking with Tazpit News Agency, Minister Ya’acov Perry, a member of the Israeli Security Cabinet, commended the IDF for its outstanding achievements. “The IDF is working to uncover a network of underground tunnels that could have created unbearable terrorist attacks,” he said.

He further commended the IDF’s prior intelligence, which enabled these achievements. “I am sure that Israeli technology, which has provided us with the Iron Dome, will provide us with a solution for the terror tunnels as well.” He said various solutions were currently being examined. He further stressed that military capabilities and technological advantages were not enough. A comprehensive reality – changing diplomatic solution must be presented as well.

Writing for Gatestone, Lawrence Franklin says that the construction of network of tunnels used hundreds of tons of concrete that might otherwise have been used by the Palestinians for building homes, shopping malls, parks, schools, hospitals and libraries.

Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

Fast of Gedaliah

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

On Sunday, Jews will be refraining from food and drink from dawn until sunset to commemorate the Fast of Gedaliah.

Following Nebuchadnetzar’s destruction of the First Temple and exile of most of the Jews, the Babylonians appointed Gedaliah ben Achikaam as governor of Judea.

Under Gedaliah’s leadership, Judea and the survivors began to recover.

On Rosh Hashana, Yishmael Ben Netaniah (a descendant of the royal house) and his team of assassins murdered Gedaliah and those with him. This directly led to the end of Jewish autonomy in Judea, the slaughter of thousands of Jews, and eventually, the end of all Jewish life in the Land of Israel for decades, until the end of the Babylonian exile.

While the assassination occurred on Rosh Hashana, the fast day was placed on the third day of the month of Tishrei, immediately following Rosh Hashana.

The story is recounted in the Book of Yirmiyahu, chapters 41-43.

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