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September 3, 2015 / 19 Elul, 5775
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Ya’alon Removes Police Siege of Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Shomron

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has withdrawn Border Police from the Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the community of Yitzhar in northern Samaria after a one-year siege of the institution that has been accused of inciting “price tag’ actions against Arabs.

Ya’alon initially shut down the yeshiva last summer, but despite the screaming headlines that the government had “defeated” the youth, the closure was during the three-week period after the Fast of the 10th of Av when yeshivas go on vacation.

He allowed the yeshiva to re-open, under Border Police guard, the day after all yeshivas re-opened their doors again on the beginning of the month of Elul, one month before Rosh Hashanah.

After a year’s opportunity for the Border Police to learn some Torah and return to repentance, the Defense Minister decided earlier this week not to extend the order that placed Border Police in the Yeshiva study hall.

One the one hand, the security forces now are denied a chance to learn Torah.

On the other hand, the yeshiva stated:

We are happy that the defense establishment climbed down the tree, but it is a pity that the Defense Minister has not apologized for the unprecedented theft of the yeshiva and desecration of more than year.

We wish him and all of those involved in this criminal act to repent. The continued harassment of the yeshivas, including budget cuts, is an attempt to gag us but will not succeed.

The Yitzhar yeshiva added it intends sue the government for damage caused by Border Police the past year.

Terror Attack Foiled Near Yitzhar

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

An Arab terrorist tried to stab hitchhikers near the Little Yitzhar Junction on Thursday afternoon.

The Arab approached a group of Israeli hitchhikers asking them for water.

When one of the Israelis went over to give him a bottle of water, the terrorist pulled out his knife.

One of the hitchhikers at the hitchhiking post then pulled out his gun and fired a warning shot in the air.

The terrorist dropped the knife and ran away into the nearby village of Burin.

IDF Kills 1 Terrorist, Wounds Another in Samaria

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Israeli paratroopers shot and killed a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist Saturday night after he hurled a deadly firebomb at an Israeli motorist traveling in Samaria.

After a brief manhunt the forces shot and captured the second terrorist who also had been targeting Israeli motorists on the same road; he suffered a leg wound. That attacker was hurling firebombs at passing vehicles as well.

The IDF force set out to hunt down the third terrorist as well, who also was attacking passing Israeli vehicles on the road, located near the Jewish community of Yitzhar.

The IDF emphasized to media in its statement that the soldiers were operating according to the rules of engagement.

“I want to bless the soldiers who responded appropriately to the terrorist this evening,” praised Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika. “Unfortunately we already know the awful results that can occur from rocks and firebombs hurled in the name of terror. Still, we must strengthen the soldiers who deal day to day with the enemy and, as we have seen tonight, not hesitate to respond.

“It is crucial that every terrorist know that the moment he intends to throw a rock or a firebomb at an Israeli soldier or an Israeli citizens, his fate is in his own hands.”

Israeli vehicles that travel between the Jewish community of Kedumim and the PA Arab village of Burin are at extremely high risk because the road has become tantamount to a rock-throwing and firebomb field for Arab terrorists in the area.

Since a young girl was critically injured in a terror attack on the road more than a month ago, however, Israeli security forces are taking the matter more seriously and have begun to intensify their protection of motorists in the area. The child and her father were both burned – the little girl nearly died – when their car was struck by a firebomb hurled by Arab road terrorists.

Activism through Torah

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I used to write about interesting topics like technology or science fiction. As with now, the intent was to relate these interesting topics to the Torah. But at some time point all these nice and interesting topics seemed to lack luster. And primarily based on reader feedback, I’ve attempted to engage more in tikkun olam, endeavoring to fix reality instead of talk about it.

The transition began when I started writing articles after the passing of internet activist Aaron Swartz close to two years ago. At that time I began to think of writing as a form of activism, what I called then “content activism.” It took another close to three months to internalize these thoughts further with a piece called, “The Mystical Meanings of the Anonymous Hacking Attacks.” It was an uncomfortable piece to write… a piece which intended to deride and discredit Anonymous while encouraging those noble-spirited within the group to leave. But it was also my most popular article at the time.

But this present article is about more than writing the uncomfortable. As I’ve discussed recently, while this is a prerequisite when writing essay-style pieces, the focus now is on the result; on effecting real change. I began to realize that what I originally called “content activism” is better named “Torah activism.”

Torah activism means going beyond the theory and building a practical system that can be implemented. For instance, I don’t know if anyone picked up on this, but the underlying message behind the Anonymous article was that the best way to counter the April 7th OpIsrael campaign was to invest ourselves in our own holy “OpIsrael.” As mentioned in the article, April 7th that year corresponded to 28 Nissan in the Hebrew calendar, the day when 22 years previously the Lubavitcher Rebbe had put the responsibility of bringing the Redemption into our hands.

Malchut Yisrael – Jewish Leadership

In synagogue on Shabbat a friend was talking to someone about a concept called Malchut Yisrael, establishing true Jewish leadership in Israel. He kept on emphasizing that beyond theory and debate, the most fundamental activity that we all need to occupy ourselves with is action—to do something today to establish a true Torah-based leadership. He quoted from Maimonides in the Laws of Kings and Wars section of Mishneh Torah that: “In the future, the Messianic king will arise and renew the Davidic dynasty, restoring it to its initial sovereignty. He will build the Temple and gather the dispersed of Israel.”

Initially we might think that we need to wait. Wait until Mashiach comes and let him do all these things. But the sages teach us that there is no king without a people. Right now we need to concern ourselves with doing all we can do to begin the process. This is what my friend was explaining. That Malchut Yisrael, building a Torah-based Jewish leadership begins from our actions today; specifically, the actions and campaigns that we initiate according to the holy Torah.

According to the calculations of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and other Torah sages, the appointed time for the Redemption is 5775, the year that we are presently in. While the sages warn against making calculations, nonetheless, many great sages throughout Jewish history have occupied themselves with this. And while we don’t rely on these calculations, from the fact that a calculation of the final date of redemption exists for this year, this should arouse us to make every deed we do count.

With this is mind we can now suggest something most profound, something which also accords with my synagogue encounter. If the Redemption is imminent, this also means that we need to change the way we approach Torah learning. Instead of viewing Torah study as explorations of thought, Torah writings, discourses and discussions should now be considered actions. That today making reality a dwelling place for God means approaching Torah study as activism.

Large Blaze Threatened Yitzhar

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

11:59am Investigators will examine if a blaze that began to threaten the community of Yitzhar was arson.

The fire broke out in an open field between Yitzhar and Hawarwa at around 11am, and quickly reached the caravans at the edge of the town.

Volunteer firefighters as well as Jerusalem and PA firefighters worked to put out the large fire, and managed to get in under control just before 12pm.

Police considered evacuating the buildings in which there was danger to life. No one was injured in the fire.

Residents of Yitzhar claim that Arabs started the blaze that left behind a lot of scorched earth.

Yitzhar Scorched earth

Yitzhar’s Cinematic Moment

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Rabbi Shneur Zalman coined the phrase, “living with the times” which means to live life in the light of the weekly Torah portion; and to see it as an indicator for all that happens to us throughout the week—both on a personal and national level. Thus, while some headlines may take effort to source in the weekly Torah portion, the recent story of police disguised as IDF in Yitzhar was relatively easy.

This Shabbat we will read the Torah portion of Shlach which recounts the sin of the spies. The lesson for us today is when scouting out an area within the Land of Israel, we need to be careful how we respond to what we see. This is especially so during the week of the Torah portion of Shlach.

In our recent reenactment of the story, before the ‘spies’ could even return from their ‘report,’ the ruse was discovered. To capture the storyline using modern terminology, the drama became a comedy and the ‘audience’ who witnessed this event unfold started to laugh.

The intention is not that the police should become a ‘laughing stock,’ but that we should all view this event as an opportunity to take stock, and laugh from the great delight achieved in rectifying the sin of the spies. Thus our hope is that the police will also desire to turn the drama into a comedy. That both police and residents, and the entire Jewish nation, will soon laugh together in friendship and camaraderie.

Show Business

The spies’ mistake was that they interpreted what they saw and they over-dramatized what they thought was negative. Moshe sent them to see the Land of Israel and to report back only what they had seen (nothing more nothing less).

Initially, the spies may have gazed at the land with their right eye and see it for what it was—a land of milk and honey, overflowing with the abundance of God’s blessings. But, they also chose to gaze at the land with the power of their left eye—they chose to interpret their findings. The metaphoric images used by the spies to describe the military strength of the Canaanite inhabitants of the land are some of the most powerful in the entire Torah. The spies said: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are giants. We saw the Nephilim [strain of giants] there. We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

To undo the damage, we must first fix our left eye. In other words we must learn how to portray reality correctly and in a positive way. As the prophet Isaiah stated a few hundred years after the spies’ mission: “If you shall yearn for it [the Land of Israel] and hear [the word of God], then you shall eat the good of the land.” The last part of the verse—“then you shall eat the good of the land”—reflects the result of the final state of rectification when we shall merit to return to our holy land and enjoy its bounty, freely and without fear.

From Drama to Comedy

We mentioned that the spontaneous laughter that occurred after the ‘soldiers’ were discovered to be police should not be viewed as a reason to make the police into a laughing stock, but to provide for an opportunity for us all to take stock. But in addition to fostering a sense of friendship and camaraderie within the Jewish people, there is another thought to have in mind. That the laughter that results from transforming a drama into a comedy should lead to the ultimate joy of eating the “good of the land” freely and without fear.

Police Entrapment in Yitzhar Fails, Yeshiva Seizure Extended (Video)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Police, disguised as soldiers, tried to entrap residents of Yitzhar while secretly video taping them. Additional police were waiting outside the town for mass arrests. Residents, recognizing the ambush for what it was, made fun of the latest failed attempt to entrap them.

The town’s yeshiva, Od Yosef Chai, has been under occupation by the Israeli Border Police since April, and a constant and large police presence is always active in the town. The occupation of the yeshiva began after the IDF destroyed five homes and buildings in Yitzhar in April, and some angry residents retaliated and damaged an IDF outpost and slashed army jeep tires in response.

Police suspect, but for the most part, have been unable to find any evidence, that residents of Yitzhar, or Yeshiva students from the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva have been involved in violence against Arabs and the IDF, as well as “price tag” graffiti around the country.

Police have been escalating “catch and release” frivolous arrests of Yitzhar residents, including minors, in what the citizens claim is an attempt to harass them following the police’s ongoing failure to prove the town is the hotbed of “price tag” attacks that the government claim it is.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Ya’alon extended the occupation of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva by another 3 months, and residents believe the attempted video ambush was connected to that. They believe the government wanted to make a video to show off to the media of “violence from Yitzhar” to justify extending the seizure.

Residents claim that the IDF is trying to provoke them into responding, and the only one committing price tag attacks is the government with their home demolitions, harassment of citizens and frivolous arrests.

Meanwhile, the only videos of law-breaking coming out of Yitzhar lately are of police and soldiers ignoring traffic signs, the ongoing damage done to the Yeshiva by the military, and yesterday’s video of the police ambush being exposed.

There might very well be law-breakers who live in Yitzhar, but the way the government and the police are treating innocent citizens and trampling on democracy and the rule of law is far worse. But it’s no wonder they do that, when so many senior police, army and government officials are under investigation for one crime or another.

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