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Terror Victim’s Widow Targeted in Shooting Attack Near Karmei Tzur

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

It’s an old adage that lightning doesn’t strike in the same spot twice, but that doesn’t hold true for Jews in Judea and Samaria when it comes to terrorist attacks.

Ruthi Gillis, the widow of Dr. Shmuel Gillis, z’l, was targeted at around 7:30 pm Saturday night by Arab terrorists who opened fire at her while she was driving near the junction leading to her home community of Karmei Tzur.

Her husband, a doctor at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, died in February 2001 in a similar terrorist attack, the victim of a drive-by shooting on his way home from a night shift.

He was attacked on Highway 60 in Judea, close to Karmei Tzur, as he passed the Arab village of El Aroub, just south of Gush Etzion.

Karmei Tzur is about five minutes south of El Aroub, and about 10 minutes north of Kiryat Arba.

This time, no one was physically injured in the attack. Gillis called police as soon as she heard and saw the bullets fly past, but kept driving until she made it to Gush Etzion, north of Karmei Tzur.

Security forces were deployed to search for the attacker, and later found two bullet casings close to the spot where Gillis was targeted.

The attackers and their vehicle have not yet been found.

Hana Levi Julian

Weapons Seized, Terror Suspect Arrested Near El Khader

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

A weapons cache was seized and a terror operation was averted over the Sabbath by the alert response of police and military personnel at the security checkpoint near El Khader, which is north of the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

Israeli police and IDF Etzion Regional Brigade forces confiscated the arms after the haul was discovered during a routine search of a vehicle driven by an Arab resident of the Palestinian Authority.

The suspect was allegedly on his way to transfer the cache to a hiding place, IDF officials said.

Among the arms seized were three assault rifles, two ammunition magazines and a large quantity of bullets.

“This was a successful continuation of an operation that began in Dehaishe this morning,” the IDF said. “The suspect was arrested on charges of weapons possession and was transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

“This activity is part of the campaign against illegal weapons in Judea and Samaria. Since the beginning of 2016, more than 350 weapons have been seized, and 32 arms manufacturing facilities have been shut down.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Force Captures Arab Weapons Dealer [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured an Arab weapons dealer Thursday night in a joint operation near the Palestinian Authority city of Halhul, in Judea.

The suspect was arrested while allegedly on his way to carry out a weapons deal.

He was pulled over by Israeli security forces, who then conducted a body search as well as a search of his vehicle, confiscating a Carlo Gustav submachine gun in the process.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Bulldozers Level Land Along Southern Gaza Strip Border in Search of Tunnels

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A team of IDF bulldozers entered inside the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning and proceeded to raze the lands past the border fence, Arab media reported. The Ma’an news agency cited local witnesses who said that five Israeli military bulldozers came through the Sufa crossing and entered about 50 yards into the strip, east of the city of Rafah.

They reported that the bulldozers were leveling the lands along the border fence.

The IDF has been crossing the Gaza Strip buffer zone frequently, with heavy machinery, since the 2014 war, in search of newly dug terror tunnels that lead underground into Israeli territory.

Arabs who work near the buffer zone on occasion attempt to attack, even fire on the machinery and are repelled with fire.

Ma’an complained that the practice has “destroyed much of the agricultural sector of the blockaded coastal enclave,” a loss that could be prevented by not digging any more tunnels into Israel.

And while Israel’s buffer zone defending its civilians against Gazan terrorists is quite narrow, Egypt has demolished more than 3,255 homes and other buildings on Gaza’s Egyptian border, to create its own buffer zone and eliminate smuggling tunnels, after a surge in attacks by Islamist terrorists. The Egyptian military destroyed nearly all buildings and farmland within about half a mile from the Gaza border, using uncontrolled explosives and earth-moving equipment.

In comparison, the incursions of IDF D9 bulldozers into Gaza are described even by local media as “limited.”

JNi.Media

Getting Uncomfortable: The Jewish Search For Meaning On Campus

Friday, September 30th, 2016

After several meetings with a bright and affable Harvard sophomore who made it abundantly clear that he was a “devout atheist,” I was utterly confused.

As a rabbi and the director of MEOR programming at Harvard, I spend the majority of my time working to inspire, educate, and empower the budding Jewish leaders on campus. Though I dress with a modern flair, my rabbinic look, complete with a black velvet kippah, make it clear to all that mine is a traditional, theistic view of life.

Granted, we always met in a trendy coffee shop, and the meeting came with an offer of a hot beverage or even a scoop of ice cream, but he rarely took advantage of those perks. So I wondered what this unabashedly liberal student was really after.

“Why do you meet with me?” I finally inquired.

He fielded my question without batting an eye. It was simple, really. He was in search of purpose and meaning, and was hoping I had a healthy dose of it to spare.

On today’s competitive college campus, the pace is frenetic and allows for little time to focus on “trivial” matters, such as life’s meaning. Many of the students I meet are preoccupied with a great many things. They are hyper-focused on their problem sets, term papers, and numerous extracurricular activities, and are constantly haunted by the invisible voice of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) in the social sphere. It’s difficult to have a coherent thought about schoolwork with that kind of noise, and it’s almost impossible to find time to consider the “big questions.”

Even worse, one student recently told me he believes many students have no interest in developing genuine friendships, only welcoming the advances of those who can help them get ahead socially or scholastically. In this setting, it is no wonder that so many students are gasping for spiritual air. Amid all the tumult, a need for quiet arises, as well as a desire to think about something else entirely, something more substantial – even if that something propels them into uncomfortable territory.

Which brings me to the struggle on campus to define the role of college itself. Some believe it is a place for the unabashed intellectual freedom of ideas, no matter their source. As a recent letter from the University of Chicago to incoming students explains: “At U of C, you will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times, this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”

The opposing view believes that college must provide a comfortable intellectual environment without forcing discomfort, even at the expense of learning. As Harry Lewis, the former dean of Harvard, suggests: “Ensuring that the intellectual and emotional environment is ‘comfortable’ for students is an almost unquestioned priority in American higher education, even at Harvard – in spite of the fact that real learning about values can take place only when one’s own values are challenged.”

In light of events at several American institutions over the past year, it appears as though most colleges agree with Mr. Lewis, making the University of Chicago perspective a minority viewpoint. But this means we have reached a paradox.

For many, the college environment is entirely bereft of meaning, and they begin actively seeking out something they can define as meaningful. But that very search leads to deep questions about life, heritage, and spirituality. Jewish students find themselves questioning the materialistic perspective held by so many in their circles, pondering the implausibility of Jewish survival through the ages, and considering their roles in the global Jewish community. Undoubtedly, these questions will challenge their initial assumptions to the point of internal discomfort, a position that many millennials would deem inappropriate and unfair.

However, this is where love comes in. Institutions are notoriously poor at providing love or forging relationships based on trust. Yet those are the two main ingredients required to create a “safe space” for those who are developing rapidly in an academic jungle, as well as the only true way to coax them into exploring viewpoints and experiences that were non-existent in their formative years.

My job as a campus rabbi is to lead students down that path of internal and external exploration, enveloping them in enough warmth and encouragement that they are not only able to embrace the discomfort the process produces but figure out how to grow from it.

Every student I encounter understands I have chosen this calling because I believe a human being only reaches his or her potential when life is cosmically meaningful and I want them all to reach their greatest potentials because I care. Whether I end up on the same page as a student is essentially inconsequential, as what makes the students great is their willingness to tackle uncomfortable questions. That ability is something they can take with them the rest of their lives. It is, in fact, the key to finding true meaning in every area of life.

I met with the “devout atheist” several more times throughout the semester and slowly realized I was no longer the one asking the questions. One day he asked me the mother of all theological questions: “Why do you believe the Torah is true?” A satisfied smile stretched across my face.

It was at that moment that I knew our meetings had been truly successful. He had asked a question whose implications were cosmic and quite likely immensely uncomfortable. And yet that’s exactly where he wanted to be.

Rabbi Yoni Ganger

Head of Search in TA Building Collapse, as 3rd Dead Discovered: Time Not on our Side

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

“Time is not on our side,” said Home Front Command chief for the Metropolitan Tel Aviv District Colonel Amir Ulu, who described the challenges facing hundreds of rescue workers at the collapsed building where three have died—the third victim discovered Tuesday morning—and 23 injured so far. On Monday night the rescuers lost contact with two victims who until then could be heard from under the layers of dirt and destruction. “The more time passes, the more problematic it becomes to find living victims, although in the past we’ve rescued collapse victims after 30 hours,” Ulu said.

Rescue worker with dog at the site of the building collapse September 5, 2016 in Ramat Hakhayal, Tel Aviv.

Rescue worker with dog at the site of the building collapse September 5, 2016 in Ramat Hakhayal, Tel Aviv.

As dark was setting at the collapsed, 4-story parking garage under construction in Ramat HaKhayal in north Tel Aviv, the rescue teams mapped the construction site, but the dimensions and sheer mass of the detritus and debris posed a significant difficulty. “It can take us hours to reach each one of the mapped areas,” Yonatan Raz, Ulu’s deputy, told Walla. “But the command’s decision is that we’re not leaving. We have the capacity to remain here for 48 hours, with the hope of finding trapped victims who are still alive.”

The rescuers believe there are four more people under the collapsed structure. Overnight the site was flooded with high voltage lights and shifts were changed frequently, to maintain the workers’ alertness. The rescuers are fearing additional collapses in two spots, which they continue to monitor. “The structure has stopped moving, which is good news,” Ulu said Tuesday morning.

Ulu related that only a week ago, commanders from the Home Front Corp, Police and MDA underwent a course intended to regulate communications between them in the event of a major disaster, “And here we are, applying what we’ve learned, unfortunately,” Ulu concluded.

David Israel

The Search

Monday, June 6th, 2016

They say that happiness can be elusive and that both four-leaf clovers and the proverbial needles in haystacks are hard to find, but for me, none of those quests can compare to the hunt for a good raincoat.

My oldest daughter had just started high school when I first found the perfect raincoat. A black hooded poncho with a lightly rubberized finish, this thing was made for rainy days, shedding water like a champ and keeping me dryer than James Bonds’ legendary martinis. The length was just right, the hood stayed on when I needed it to and it was light enough to be packable while still substantial enough to stand up to regular wear. Maybe I looked a little like an overgrown bat when I wore it, particularly if and when I flapped my arms, but that was totally fine with me, because this was the best raincoat I had ever owned.Eller-060316-Poncho

Until one day it suddenly wasn’t.

It was a rainy Sukkos afternoon and walking home from my sister’s house, just one block from mine, I found myself soaked through. Holding my coat up to the light after I dried off, I could see through it, a clear sign that the waterproofing had started to flake off. The writing was on the wall: it was time to go shopping. Not that I could complain. By now, the same daughter who was starting high school when I bought the coat was married with three little kids.

You might think that replacing a raincoat is no big deal, but you would be wrong. I’m not quite sure why, but unless you are heading to stores that specialize in coats, raincoat season, at least in the greater New York area, is typically about four weeks long, starting in mid to late February. So, if you, like me, need to replace your coat in October, you may find yourself having a tough time just finding a raincoat, especially if you are genetically programmed to be thrifty and hate to spend too much on foul weather gear.

I know. In today’s day and age, you can find just about anything online, but I like to buy my raincoats in a store. I need to try them on, make sure they look good and are big enough for layering in slightly colder weather without being so baggy that I look like I am wearing a rubberized potato sack. Most importantly, I need to test-drive the hood to make sure it is big enough so that I don’t show up in shul Shabbos morning with the front of my sheitel dripping all over my face.

Eller-060316-RaincoatI waited till the end of winter, hit the stores and found plenty of raincoats. But surprisingly enough, none of them, except the really ugly ones, had hoods. I could hear my mother’s voice in my head, telling me to be practical and that it doesn’t matter what a raincoat looks like as long as it keeps you dry. I love you, Mom, but I have to respectfully disagree. When the weather is gloomy and you find yourself jumping puddles, a cute raincoat is the best way to brighten your day, so there was no way I was going to spend money on a coat that I didn’t like. As for the other coats, can someone please explain why anyone would make a raincoat that doesn’t have a hood? Not only do I have zero interest in having to deal with both a hat and a coat, I can’t imagine that the search for a rain hat that looks good is going to be a fun one. Thus ended my 2014 raincoat search. I prayed for sunny skies as often as possible and figured I would just manage with my slightly drippy raincoat.

Sandy Eller

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