Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mess With The Bull Ya Get The Horns

  Israeli Soldiers shielding Arab kids from Gaza rockets

I have been thinking a lot lately, I guess during war situations it preoccupies my mind a lot.  I am often checking for updates and watching news stories from INN and others on youtube. My mistake is reading the comments. They get pretty aggressive. Sometimes if I feel I can get someone to see my point I'll write back but sometimes I know there is no point so I'll just be agressive back. I know that sounds like a big waste of time but the war is on in cyber space too.

My husband was at work today when a code red siren went off. There's no bomb shelter there which isnt very comforting. I actually heard the explosion where I am.

I want the war to be effective and not end before the job is done. The media are getting so worked up every time lives are lost in Gaza. Loss of life is not the goal here unless they are Hamas militant targets. But we never aim to kill civilians, unlike our enemy across the border who is dafka trying to kill Israeli Civilians. There is definitely a different standard here that I think is being ignored by most people forming opinions against Israel.

I was thinking today about the scenario of sibling or cousin when we were kids and you know, when the kid starts bothering you and you try to ignore it, then it gets more annoying, they wont stop, you warn them "cut it out!" he keeps it up, and keeps it up, your face becoming redder and redder, eventually you burst and beat the daylights out of him saying "I warned you!!!" Now you're going to get it... mess with the bull you're getting the horns!!! This is the perfect analogy for what we are dealing with. How much have we put up with? How many warnings, how many times did we try to solve it without war? I mean there is only so much anyone can be expected to put up with. And now they are crying, but what the heck did any of them expect that we were going to sit around and allow rockets to rain sdown every day as a way of life that we would be willing to get used to? The children of Sderot who are celebrating Bar and Bas mitzvah this year have never known a life without code red and missiles falling in their city. It's about damn time we did something, even if its took too long to get our acts together lets complete the task.

I've also been thinking about the hypocrisy that is always the situation in the Muslim world. You know we are constantly under attack as Jews, Israelis, we are used to being critcized and made fun of, being the center of bad political cartoons. We usually take it in stride. It's infuriating  but like i said were used to it. On the other hand, when anyone makes fun of or draws a cartoon making fun of Islam or Muslims they lose it completely and everyone involved has to pay the price.

Another example is Israel being accused of being built on the blood of Palestinians. I know, this comment took me by surprise but the thing about it was how hypocritical a statement it is considering the entire Middle East is a burial ground for all those that refused to follow Islamic law or convert to Islam. They definitely have a stronghold on bullying for the sake of honoring Allah. I have seen video footage of Ghana's non Muslims being burned to death by the Muslims, It happened by Sadam Husein all over Iraq to the Kurds there, The Armenians were massacred, countless Jews in Arab nations. I could go on.

No our tiny nation wont stand for it and the world has no respect for our rights and courage. Moshiach is coming!

I ran across this video and I thought I would share;

Peace upon our Land and safety for our Chayalim and the people in danger. Please say tehillim for the situation.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

We Wont Be Afraid And We Wont Back Down!

I live in Beit Shemesh, I am technically 45km or so outside of Gaza target range, as long as they dont use long range Fajr missiles that is. I have never been up close and personal with any type of explosion except the time a car bomb went off in the center of Jerusalem back in 2001 during the second intifada. That was frightening, I think the most frightening part about it wasnt the explosion but the public reaction to the explosion, which was panic. Not knowing what to do and where to go was really upsetting. I have friends in this country who have been in terror attacks and friends who have lost their family members and friends. That is why I am writing on this blog again. I cant sit here reading these news articles and fighting my opinion with idiots that have never been anywhere close to this stuff and who base their opinions on what they hear the newscasters say. People who sympathize with a country of
people who elected a terrorist regime to lead them into war should expect war. Were they not prepared for the notion of a hard defense? And everyone cries for them?

Israel is a civilized country. We dont target civilians in Gaza, in fact we give warnings before we destroy the target sites to civians to leave the area. However, they have been attacking and bombing us for 12 years without relent and without warning. The few times we have tried to defend ourselves we have pulled out due to pressure from outsiders. Why? Because when it comes down to it most of the world denies our right to exist. When Hamas attacks they target civilians. When is the last time an Israeli strapped on a suicide vest and boarded a bus in Gaza? When is the last time we kidnapped an Arab for ransom of our own? Why didnt we do that for Gilad? Because we are a humane country, one that cares for Arabs in our own hospitals employs them and lives freely with people from other religions while maintaining our own culture and religious freedom. When I had my last child I nursed him next to an Arab woman in the same hospital ward in the same room. Does this sound like apartheid?

I dont like war, no one does. But if Israel backs down what's next? Will they finally develop the ability to nuke Israel? I mean lets just go in and get the job DONE this time. The pull out from Cast Led in 2009 predicted this very dilemma we are now all facing. The pull out from Gaza from Gush Katif did as well now we are all paying the heavy price.

May our soldiers be zoche to miracles this Chodesh Kislev and Hashem should protect them as they are protecting us. We appreciate you all for your dedicated service.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Elul is here!

Well I've been away from my computer for the zman, my kids were home, bored and who can concentrate on blog writing!?
I wanted to share some things about Elul, Rosh Hoshannah is right around the corner and and we were given the month of Elul to prepare for Yom Hadin. Hashem has been making the need for Teshuva loud and clear with an earthquake felt in Israel (ok little ones but still) an earthquake on the Eastern side of the US and then again with the hurricane. All in a very auspicious time for the Jewish people. We Jews know that there are no coincidences and no mere "acts of nature". Every thing is a sign from above, and those among us who are tuned in know that when bad things happen we need to daven more, do more chesed, strengthen our emunah and do teshuvah! My friend and neighbor told me that every day of Elul one should do teshuvah and cheshbon nefesh. Look inside ourselves and see what needs fixing, where we messed up, who we wronged, how we could have acted with more kindness to another person, given someone the benefit of the doubt, helped someone else in need, or just been more careful with observance of halacha. If we really try and call out to Hashem and ask for forgiveness and strength to do better next time and feel it for real, our judgement will be lessened during the Yomim Noraim. It's time to clean it up and come closer to our Abba... He misses us!

I just received an e-mail I wanted to share with you (please include the names in your tefillot or Tehillim);
Dear Friend,
As Rosh Chodesh Elul approaches, the Gates of Heaven are opening even wider for our tfillot, as Hashem's Children!
The following information is based on updates from OneFamily case workers who are visiting the victims wounded in the most recent attacks, in hospitals and at their homes.
Please find below the names and short description of the survivors from recent terrorist attacks, who need our tfillot and much Rachmei Shamayim.
Wishing us all a meaningful Yom Kippur Katan, and chodesh tov u'mevorach, filled with Chasdei Hashem and bsorot tovot!!!
fabia ; )
- Tel Aviv - on August 28:
Albert ben Miriam is a soldier in compulsory service who immigrated from France in 2002. He was run over at the police roadbloack and suffered serious injuries to his legs and head. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Or ben Mali is a soldier in compulsor service. He was run over byat the police roadblock and suffered serious head injuries. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Naor ben Nava is an officer in the border police. He was injured when the car rammed the roadblock, and suffered serious injuries to the neck and head. He underwent surgery and is now sedated in the intensive care unit.
- Southern, near Eilat - on August 18:
Gal ben Smadar suffered shrapnel injuries to his legs and has had pins inserted to stabilize his legs. He was moved from intensive care to the orthopedic ward on Monday (August 22). His condition has stabilized, but he has a long recovery ahead of him.
Guy ben Rina was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Chagai ben Rachel suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms. His condition is stable, and doctors expect to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Matan ben Ayelet was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Sagi ben Chana suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms and is in stable condition in hospital. He will be moved to the rehab ward within the next few days.
- from rocket attack in Ashdod - on August 19:
Shmuel Ze'ev Shimon ben Esther Chaya suffered damage to his internal organs. He has undergone a number of operations and had one kidney removed. He was injured on his birthday.
Yitzchak Meir ben Malka Leah suffered injuries and internal bleeding in the lungs.
Eitan ben Chana suffered moderate injuries to his upper limbs. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Antonina bat Sara suffered a broken pelvis and had surgery to repair the damage.
- Seriously injured in the GRAD rocket attack in Beer Sheva - on August 20:
Adel Leah bat Chaviva was critically injured in the rocket attack. Rav Ovadia Yosef added the name Leah to her name. She suffered injuries to his abdomen and remains in intensive care.
Eliyahu ben Masouda is Adel's father. He suffered injuries to his arms and leg. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Chaviva bat Mazal is Adel's mother. She suffered injuries to her legs. Doctors hope to release her from the hospital before the weekend.
Zehava bat Chana suffered serious injuries to her limbs, and required surgery to replace bones and nerves. She will require prolonged rehabilitation.
Penina bat Itta was moderately injured in her limbs.
Lior ben Esther suffered shrapnel and burn injuries to his legs and back, and damage to his circulatory system.
Netanel ben Anna lost a leg in the attack. Doctors are still trying to save his second leg, after serious injuries to his circulatory system. Netanel will be moved to the rehab unit within the next few days.

- Civilians injured in the Jerusalem bombing - on March 23:
Natan Daniel ben Shulamit - a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition. He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed. He also suffered serious injuries to the neck and shoulder. He was released from the hospital on April 4, but is still in a lot of pain, and will need more operations and about 6 months of physiotherapy. Natan requires periodic hospitalization to ensure against infections and monitor his recovery, as well as prolonged physiotherapy and preparation for future surgery.
Odelia Nechama bat Michal - suffered very serious head and upper body injuries and burns. She is still sedated, in a coma and on a respirator. She was transferred to a long-term care facility, and has since been back and forth between the facility and the hospital for more surgery and tracking against infections. Her family is begging for continued prayers for her.
David ben Janette - David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded. He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body. David has returned home and remains in pain, but is recovering slowly.
Shilo ben Zehava Ofra - Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen. He is recovering in the hospital. He is in a lot of pain and suffering from very serious post-trauma. He has been moved to the physiotherapy department for continued treatment.
 -Ester Riva

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Glenn Beck in Israel

On August 24, 2011, IY"H, Glenn Beck will hold the Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem. Beck received  blessing for success from Ashkenazi Cheif Rabbi, Yona Metzger, when he had the opportunity to meet with him recently. Rabbi Metzger will deliver the Tefilat L'Shalom Hamedina at the rally.

Here is the schedule: You can read more events in Israel with Glenn Beck here.
Restoring Courage: Courage to Stand
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
  • Time: 17:00 IDT (5:00 PM local time in Israel)
  • GBTV Broadcast Times:
    • LIVE: One hour pre-show begins at 9:00am ET followed by the event at 10:00am ET
  • Venue: Davidson Center -  Jerusalem, Israel
On August 24, 2011, Glenn Beck will host an event at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. Taking place just steps from the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, this program calls for unity among all faiths, and will honor Israelis who have displayed courage in their struggle for survival and peace. It will also issue a challenge to all citizens of the world to stand with and declare their support for Israel. Joining Glenn will be religious leaders, esteemed speakers and entertainers including the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shumuel Rabinovitch, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight, internationally renowned singer Dudu Fisher, and the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir.
While tickets to watch at the Davidson Center are sold out, you can watch the program LIVE at Safra Square in Jerusalem (see directions below). Viewing at Safra Square is free and no tickets are required. Seating at Safra begins at 16:00 IDT. The event will also be broadcast internationally on GBTV.com
General Directions to Safra Square:

Safra Square is located on Jaffa Street in the center of Jerusalem, next to the Municipality building.
Due to heavy traffic in the area and closed streets, we advise all guests who plan on watching the program from Safra to take public transportation to the site.
If you travel by car, there are several parking lots located around the square:
Safra Square Parking Lot – Shivtei Israel Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road #1 (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd.), HaTzanchanim, Turn Right on Shivtei Israel Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street until Kikar HaMeches (Tax Square). Left to HaTzanchanim Street, Left at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) to Shivtei Israel Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv Street until Kikar HaMeches (Tax Square), Right to HaTzanchanim Street, Left at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) to Shivtei Israel Street.
Carta Square Parking Lot – Yitzhak Kariv Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd) until HaTzanchanim Tunnel. After that, turn right to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv.
Mamilla parking lotYitzhak Kariv Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd) until HaTzanchanim Tunnel. After that, turn right to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv.
MAP: http://bit.ly/mWS1By

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I got a response today to my email to Lush regarding our boycott;

Dear Bina,

Thank you for your email. I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed with Lush's support for the OneWorld project.

Lush UK have added their voice to the OneWorld project to help raise awareness about human rights abuse and poverty facing Palestinians. The campaign is based on the implementation of United Nations resolutions and international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians.
The history between Israel and Palestine is long, complicated and often under dispute. However, what is very clear is the level of suffering occurring today, in part due to the military blockade of the Gaza strip and the Wall being built in the West Bank which cuts Palestinian people off from vital infrastructure, including health services, and has led to restrictions on movement, a lack of drinking water plus increased poverty and human rights abuse in the area. History does not excuse such suffering. It will take both sides to come to a solution, but what is also clear is that this is not a conflict of two equal sides and thus the onus must be on the dominating force, Israel. The OneWorld project has been launched in solidarity with the Palestinian people and, like Lush, strives for human rights and equality for all regardless of race or religion, is non-partisan and does not support violence. OneWorld is supported by both Palestinian and Israeli organisations and aims to help create a just peace for all people living in the region.

We support organisations fighting for human rights all around the world on a variety of issues, from the freedom of West Papua and Tibet to labour rights of workers in India, women's rights in Africa and environmental rights of indigenous people in Latin America. Whilst there are many other issues we have not supported, there are sadly limitations as to how much we can do.

Throughout the course of the year we support many humanitarian, animal and environmental causes, many of which are nominated by our own customers. We welcome and value all feedback, so thank you for getting in touch with us. I will be sure to pass your comments on to our Campaigns team for future consideration.

Kind regards,

Vicky Jansson
Customer Care Manager
Lush Ltd.

My response:
Why cant you keep politics out of cosmetics? Eventually you are going to upset someone. There are two sides to every story! Have you ever bothered to hear the Jewish point of view on the situation? Our 12% of World population vs. The Arab 35% means nothing to you? Jews don't deserve a homeland? Even though we're surrounded by an Arab population that hates us if for nothing more than being Jewish?

This isn't about human rights for Palestinians. It's about rights for everyone. Israeli's deserve rights too. Jews deserve rights. We deserve to have one tiny piece of land in the Middle-East that has a historical connection for us for far longer and more meaningful than anyone else living here. It's about protecting the people who live here, within the borders of Israel. The citizens of Israel are Jewish, Christian and Arab. All deserving freedom of movement without fear of riding buses and walking the streets. Remember we gave Gaza back? If they cant handle it, and require our assistance then maybe they should be nice! If Arafat (and now Hamas) wouldn't have (and are) funneled all the aid given to his people into his Swiss accounts they would be far better off. But that's I suppose our fault too!? The wall is for the protection of the citizens of Israel. Unfortunately the behavior of the the terrorist regime they elected (almost unanimously) is to blame. As long as they solve their problems with violence this will be the result. I do however believe that much of what you see in the mainstream media, which is sorely biased against Israel, is showing much propaganda. "Pallywood" at its finest.

The boycott will continue. I am disappointed that Lush, who seem to really want to help fight for what's good in the world, would support terrorism, antisemitism and Holocaust denial outright.

Turning a blind eye to the truth, that is; Arabs in Israel have it better than anywhere else... Look at any Arab country on the map and you will see Muslims killing civilians, even other Muslims. This is how they solve problems, martyrdom and Jihad, maiming and killing. This is ingrained in them from childhood (camp Jihad, learning to kill Jews etc) and sadly it wont change here either. We have no tolerance in Israel for this behavior. So if that makes us the evil ones in your eyes, maybe you ought to rethink what you are fighting for. I pray your eyes should be open to the truth and their should be peace in The Land.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rest In Peace Leiby Kletzky

Leiby Kletzky was laid to rest yesterday, Hashem sent a clear message with a rare full rainbow over Brooklyn. Rainbows became a symbol since the time of Noach and the Great Flood.
After the Flood and the deliverance of Noach and his family, G-d shows Noach the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His covenant with mankind that He will never again bring a deluge to destroy them (Beraishit 9:8-17).
It's a calling to do tshuva, repent. We can not fathom at all in our tiny minds why or how something like this could happen to a sweet, naive little boy, who only wanted to show that he was responsible enough to walk home by himself. What parent doesn't want their child to be independent? But at the same time we worry for their safety. And children especially aren't expecting that someone from their own community a "religious" person could hurt them. We tell our kids, if you're ever lost or need help always ask another Jew. Well now we are all taking stock and thinking again about that advice.
I think that the rainbow came out yesterday not only because of the loss of this sweet neshama, but also because he was murdered by a Jew. None of us ever thought this was possible.
The mercy of Hakadosh Boruch Hu is endless, but we as a people needed a reminder, especially at this time, that we can only rely on Him. "Boruch Dayan Emet", blessed is the True Judge. He gives and He takes. He decides when and how. Everything He does is good even when we cant understand. That is why we say "Blessed is the True Judge". But If we repent and come to Him. If we cry to Abba, and ask Him to forgive us and help us correct our wrongs, we wont know from this type of suffering and we can mitaken the wrong that happened to Leiby. It's hard to realize in the throws of loss and the feelings of injustice and pain, and all the anger and horror that surrounded this tragedy, that it isn't up to us. Leiby finished his tikkun. He is in Shemayim, straight to the top. It's up to us down here to hear the message. Sometimes it's subtle. Sometimes it rocks the world. If you don't hear it when it rocks the world...

Please take this opportunity to think about something you can do to make things better. To right the wrong. Take on another mitzvah, improve yourself and your relationship with Hashem. Something small that you can do, without a neder (vow), for the aliyat neshama of Leiby, Yehuda Ben Nachman .

My heartfelt condolences to the Kletzky family.

המקום ינחמכם עם שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים