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Baby Injured by Stone Throwing Attack on Route 443

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Bus 422 from Bnei Brak to Jerusalem was hit by a barrage of stones on Route 443 as it neared Givat Ze’ev. The attack occurred at 11:45 PM on Thursday night.

The front windshield of the bus was smashed in, and an infant was lightly injured in the terror attack.

MDA transported the baby to the hospital.

Throwing Stones of Love

Friday, April 18th, 2014

While this article was prompted by the stonings outside Tekoa, Hevron, and continued tension (stone-related and otherwise) on the Temple Mount today, Hasidism teaches that we can sweeten these bitter, difficult events by initiating the opposite. If our enemies are throwing stones of hate, then we should counter by throwing stones of love.

But our ‘stones’ are not physical. Instead the stones that we would like to mention in brief are the spiritual stones of Rebbe Yichiel Michel of Zlotshov, one of the Ba’al Shem Tov’s most well-known disciples.

Rebbe Michel said that if he were to see a Jew coming out of a house of iniquity, then the love towards him would not decrease at all. On the contrary it should increase,because he now has compassion for him.

Although there is a time and place to rebuke a fellow, as explained in Hasidism, this is only if this person will listen. When will he listen? We can learn this from a gematria, numerical equivalence, as “stone throwing” is the same numerical value as “You shall love your fellow as yourself” (both 820).

When is it okay to throw stones?

Say that you see another Jew desecrating the Shabbat, or in Rebbe Michel’s example, coming out of a house of iniquity. Is it ever okay to stone him?

We are not speaking now of physical stones, but words of rebuke. When is it permissible to rebuke (read: “throw stones at”) a fellow Jew?

The answer relates back to our gematria. When words of rebuke are conveyed with boundless love, like the love of Rebbe Michel, then it is okay to throw these ‘stones.’ But unless we have reached this level, then it is better to pray for this Jew’s wellbeing without any rebuke at all.

Why did I bring this particular meditation?

This meditation was discussed prior to Rosh Hashanah this year at a yeshiva in the news today. The location where this teaching was delivered is the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar, a building that was recently seized as an army base. (For those interested, the English transcript of the class is viewable here.)

But the lesson of how to throw ‘stones’ of love remains. There was an event today in support of the yeshiva and the residents of Yitzhar, and once again, Rabbi Ginsburgh emphasized the importance of loving one’s fellow Jew.

This is the antidote. The cure by which we will overcome the real enemies of the Jewish people. When we are united with unconditional love, then we will merit to witness the time when no stone will be raised against us from our enemies in hate.

When our “stones of love” don’t appear as rebukes at all, but compassionate words of love spoken from a close friend. then we will have completed the sweetening of the bitter version of “stone throwing”.

The cure for physical stones thrown by our enemies in hate is positive words of reproof spoken out of love.

May we merit to experience this transformation today.

Note to Reader: Before commenting on this article, it is worthwhile to have the 820 meditation in mind. Regarding the situation in Yitzhar. The idea is not there is one side all faultless and one side all guilty, but that a proper sense of familial love and compassion would have resolved this situation before it ever escalated.

IDF Kills Stone-Throwing Terrorist

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The IDF spokesperson reports that during an operation to catch Arab terrorists throwing stones at cars on the road, IDF troops shot and killed a stone-throwing terrorist.

The operation took place near Beit El, after Jewish-owned cars and buses were repeatedly attacked by Arab stone throwers, resulting in damages and injury to the drivers and their vehicles.

The IDF opened fire on the terrorist as he was throwing a stone at a moving vehicle. Medical personnel tried to save the terrorist, but in the end he died from his wounds.

The terrorist’s body was taken to Ramallah.

Road 443 Warning – Too Dangerous for Israeli Ministers

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Israel’s VIP Protection Unit has warned Israeli government ministers that they should not travel on Road 443 due to escalating terror attacks. Those attacks include stones, firebombs, and a roadside bomb that was neutralized before it could explode, according to a report on Israel Army Radio this morning.

Road 443 is the second main highway connecting Jerusalem, Israel’s capital to Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial center.

When the Supreme Court ordered, just over 3 years ago, that parts of Road 443 be reopened to traffic by Palestinian Authority citizens, the more grounded Israelis warned that the road would return to being the terror zone it was before it was closed off to PA traffic and terrorism.

Before Road 443 was closed, six Israelis had been killed and more injured by Palestinian Authority Arab attacks on Jews travelling on the road.

Those on the left claimed that these Israelis were being paranoid and exaggerating (remember the warning about rockets on Israel from Gaza, before the disengagement).

It wasn’t long after Road 443 was reopened that the stone throwing attacks began again and escalated to the level it is now.

It raises the obvious question, since we know what prevents these terror attacks on Road 443, why are Israeli ministers being warned from traveling on the road, instead of the government resolving the terror problem the way it knows that works.

 

 

 

 

Israelis Protest Arab Terrorism Near Beit Omar (Video)

Friday, January 17th, 2014

On Friday afternoon, dozens of Israelis protested the ongoing terrorism on road 60 near the Arab village of Beit Omar.

The road is the main highway connecting Hebron, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem. There have been a tremendous number of stone throwings and firebombs against Israeli drivers on this section of the road.

The mayor of Gush Etzion participated in the protest, which involved dancing and singing “Am Yisrael Chai”.

Rachel’s Tomb Terrorist Shot

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

IDF troops shot a Palestinian Authority terrorist as he was throwing stones at Rachel’s Tomb.

Palestinian Authority terrorists regularly throw firebombs and stones at the Jewish holy site and at the Jews who visit, as well as the occasional explosive device.

Rachel’s Tomb, the burial place of the matriarch Rachel, is located in Bethlehem, at the edge of Jerusalem, and was left in Israeli control as part of the Oslo Accords agreement due to the historical and religious importance it holds exclusively to the Jewish people.

Due to regular terrorist attacks by Palestinian Authority Arabs on Jewish worshipers at the site, the IDF was forced build high walls around the building and road leading to the building, turning the once pastoral area into a virtual fortress.

The terrorist is listed in moderate condition.

 

 

Two Year Old Injured in Jerusalem Stone Throwing

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A two year old girl was injured in the head by Arab rock throwers in Jerusalem.

The girl was in a car driving near the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The girl was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital with serious head injuries.

There has been a series of stone throwing attacks in this area as of late.

On Thursday morning, there were over 17 stone throwing attacks against Jews throughout Judea and Samaria.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/two-year-old-injured-in-jerusalem-stone-throwing/2013/11/28/

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