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Migron Saga Goes On – For the Good

Shavua Tov

"If I have paid back evil to him who was at peace with me; indeed, I have rescued him who without cause is my enemy" 
(David haMelech  - Psalms 7:5)


Shabbath Shalom

Shabbat HaGadol / שבת הגדול

Shabbat HaGadol ("Great Shabbat" שבת הגדול) is the Shabbat immediately before Passover. There is a special Haftarah reading on this Shabbat of the book of Malachi.

The Torah commanded them to take their lambs and tie them to the bedpost. When they did so, their Egyptian neighbors saw this and asked:
"What is the lamb for?"
The Children of Israel answered: "It is to be slaughtered as a Passover sacrifice as G-d has commanded us."
The Egyptians, for whom the lamb was a deity, gnashed their teeth in anger but could not utter a sound in protest.

What is Shabbat Hagadol

Times for: Jerusalem, Israel
Candle Lighting: 40 mins. before Shkiah | Time Zone: +2 | DST: yes

Date Time    
Friday, March 30, 2012Light Candles at: 6:17 pm 1
Shabbat, March 31, 2012Shabbat Ends: 7:35 pm 1
1 IMPORTANT: The system indicates that Daylight Saving Time is in effect in this area. The listings above have been adjusted accordingly.

korban Pesach

קרבן פסח 

Global March to Jerusalem: a Distortion of the Historical Record for Political Purposes

Love of the Land: Harvardi - Global March to Jerusalem: a Distortion of the Historical Record for Political Purposes

And from David Ha'Ivri a bit of advice to anti-Israel protesters: Don't try to cross over Israeli boarders without permit. Could be very bad for your health .
And I totally agree and unite in this usefull advice!

Jewish Children Crafting Place: A Seder plate and kiddush cup for Passover

Jewish Children Crafting Place: A Seder plate and kiddush cup for Passover: Inspired by the paper Seder plate saw at Joyful Jewish   we made our Seder plate craft this year starting from the original craft ...


Kimcha d’Pischa in Samaria

Urgent Need for Funding for Food Baskets.
100 Families in Samaria with Emergency Need.

Your gift of $54.00 US dollars will be matched for covering the cost of one food basket. Now is the time for you, your  synagogue or organization to bless these families in Samaria (Shomron) here in Israel ASAP for the 100 families.

For donating using PayPal click on the following link: 

The Shomron Liaison Office

Settlers take up residence in Hebron house

Several dozen settlers have taken up residence in a Hebron house overnight, claiming they purchased it from its Palestinian owner.  
Sources in Hebron said that the owner of the house, which is located near the Cave of the Patriarchs, was detained for questioning by the Palestinian police.
As soon as news of the move reached the defense establishment, large IDF forces arrived as the scene to maintain the order. No unusual events were noted on the premises overnight.
The IDF declared the immediate premises a restricted military zone. Military sources told Ynet that the land in question has been at the center of an ownership dispute.
The IDF said that the move constitutes "an irresponsible move and a dangerous provocation that may inflame spirits, especially ahead of Land day."
Settlers have been buying up land and property in Hebron for several years now, with many of the purchases contested in court.
Sources familiar with Wednesday night's event told Ynet that the "operation was carried out in military fashion," adding that no one but the new tenants knew about the plan.
The settlers claim that they have all the legal documents attesting to the purchase of what has been dubbed the "Machpelah House."
Senior officers with the Judea and Samaria Spatial Brigade are currently looking into the purchase's legality.
Shlomo Levinger, one of the new owners, told Ynet: "This is very exciting. It's taken us years but we have finally been able to buy a house near the Cave of the Patriarchs.
"The police have decided not to allow anyone in until a decision on the property is made by higher-ranking officers," he added. "We were told that anyone who wants to leave may do so, but no one can go it. Naturally, we're not going anywhere."
MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) commented on the event, saying: "It's time to reclaim all of the homes taken by the enemies in the City of the Fathers.
"The rule of law must allow for the most basic thing – to let Jews retune to the dozens of Hebron homes that belong to the Jewish community." 



Interview with Chava Sandler

Chava Sandler gives a video interview following the terror attack in Toulouse, France which claimed the lives of her husband,her two sons, and one other little girl.



a little bit of music...

Evyatar Banai-Karev Yom-Hassidic melody

2012: Crash course on Passover

Avraham Fried sings about Shalhevet

The murder of Shalhevet Pass was the gunning down of a ten-month-old Israeli infant by a Palestinian terrorist on March 26, 2001. On that day, Shalhevet Pass (Hebrew: שלהבת פס‎) was shot in the head and killed by a Palestinian sniper while seated in her stroller on the streets of Hebron, where she and her family lived. The bullet, which killed Shalhevet, then hit the leg of her father, Yitzchak Pass, who was pushing the stroller. Israeli investigators believed the snipers were intentionally targeting the baby. The murder of Shalhevet Pass, which came relatively early in the Al-Aqsa Intifada, produced vocal outrage in Israel and abroad.
Abraham Fried, in Concert at the Town Hall for the 2001 Hebron Benefit composed this song in her honor.

Never forget, never forgive

‘I will never be able to erase those horrors from my memory’ 

Raziel Amir was 9 years old in 2002 when a suicide bomber detonated inside the Park Hotel in Netanya during the Passover Seder • Amir, now a counselor for victims of terrorist attacks, wants to serve in “the most combat intensive unit possible.”

West Bank of what?

By David Ha'Ivri

West Bank of what?

Opinion on Ynet news
Op-ed: Term ‘West Bank’ only came about as result of Jordan's imperialist effort to expand
David Ha’ivri

Do you know? Have you stopped to think? When did this area start being called “the Israel to pull out of this area and allow the establishment of a Palestinian State here, would like you to believe that one previously existed and that Israel took it over and closed it down. The narrative presumes that people will believe it without question and will not ask for any proof. Amazingly, that strategy has worked pretty well so far.
Many people do not expect to be lied to by TV announcers and academics, and so they just take the narrative at face value. Even people who support Israel often do not realize how un-related to fact many of these claims against Israel are. So Israel’s supporters are more often put on the defensive, trying to point out the good deeds that Israel is doing in the world as a way to cover up for actions that they do not know how to explain.
But, in fact, the West Bank narrative really has little foundation. It only appeared on the stage of history in 1948, when the Hashemite army of Trans-Jordan crossed over its own western border, the Jordan River, which it is named for. The army of Trans-Jordan did so as part of the joint Arab effort to destroy the newly founded Jewish State and push the Jews into the sea.
The line of defense that the Jewish army succeeded in holding as they defended Tel Aviv from invasion was later dubbed “The Green Line” because it was marked with green colored crayon on the map that was used at the signing of the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its neighbors in 1949 on the Greek island of Rhodes. In that agreement, the Arab side refused to define the green line as a recognized border, but only as an agreed ceasefire line - nothing more.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Trans-Jordan tried to annex their newfound land west of the Jordan River by imposing their laws and naturalizing the Arab residents of the area. They went so far as to change the name of the country to Jordan, removing the prefix "Trans" as a way to hide the fact that they belong on east side of the river, but not on both.


Chometz cn Pesach, Chometz on the Mizbei'ach

"Lo Sei'aseh Chametz Ki Chol Si'or... Lo Saktiru Mimenu Isheh Lashem" (Vayikra 2:11). The two places that the Torah forbids Chometz is on the Mizbei'ach all year round, and in every person's home on Pesach. Why is this?
The Netziv in Hemek Davar says that leavening bread is using human intervention to add on to the natural state of the creation. The closer we are to Hashem the less appropriate it is for us to alter the natural order and manipulate the Briah. Therefore in the Bais HaMikdash, the dwelling place for the Shechina on earth, it is inappropriate to ever have Chametz on the Mizbei'ach to be offered up to Hashem.
Similarly, Pesach is the Yom Tov that imbues Emunah into our souls. Yetzias Mitzrayim is the banner we wave as the proof of Hashem's control over the world and His love for us, and we frequently mention Zeicher Litzias Mitzrayim. During this Yom Tov where we bask in the arms of our great Protector and Father in Shamayim, we refrain from eating any Chametz and leave the Briah as He made it, without our intervention.

Revach lists

Baruch dayan emet

Celebrate Israel by buying Israeli Passover goods

StandWithUs, the non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about Israel and combating anti-Semitism, is urging all members of the international Jewish community to celebrate the Jewish state by designating March 30 as the day to buy Israeli goods at local stores.
While the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement continuously attempts to ostracize Israeli goods, they are escalating their efforts by standing outside stores, advising customers to refrain from buying Israeli-made products on March 30, the same day of the ‘Global March to Jerusalem.

Purim 2012 with Tsahal.Pizza

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Jewish Children Crafting Place: Shabbath Hagadol playing project.

Shabbat HaGadol ( שבת הגדול) is the Shabbat immediately before Passover.   According to tradition, the 10th of Nisan in the year of...


layla tov!


Elder of Ziyon : why peace is impossible.

Support Israel . Buy Israeli goods

StandWithUs and the America Israel Chamber of Commerce built a web page as part of a larger Buy Israeli Goods (BIG) website.
On this page, you can help build the largest list of Israeli products sold in the U.S. and let  know where people in your community can find the products.
If you know of any Israeli product that is sold , if you have bought any Israeli product in your community , let know buy filling in the form below.  
Let everyone know about the product and where they can buy it. You'll be helping make BIG a tremendous success! More importantly, you'll help promote the sale of Israeli products and, by doing that, you'll be helping Israel! 

They all wash their hands of Jewish blood

By Giulio Meotti.

To the UN, Jews are supposed to be passive victims, and departure from this assigned role is unacceptable.

It’s the old central theme of the Albert Dreyfus affair: the fog of anti-Semitism in seemingly liberal societies.
The blood libel leveled last Thursday at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which passed a resolution ordering a first probe about Israel’s settlements, is no different from that which plagued Dreyfus and Jews for centuries.
The United Nations today is the tool of those who would make Israel the archetypal human rights violator in the world today. It is the most important breeding ground for anti-Semitism.
Three days after four Jews were murdered in a pleasant French city, the UN chose to demonize the Jews. For them, Jews are supposed to be passive victims, and departure from this assigned role is unacceptable. That’s why they criminalized “the settlers”.
During the same period, at the heart of Europe, in Geneva, Hamas’ man Ismail al Ashqar spoke before some members of the UN’s human rights council.
In Bruxelles, Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, compared Toulouse’s massacre to Israel’s militacy operations in Gaza, abolishing Jews’ human rights.
Last week, the victim was not a single French Jew like Captain Dreyfus, but the whole Jewish nation.
The plotters were not a band of anti-Semites in positions of influence, but an unholy alliance of murderous racists, “democratic” commissioners, shameless journalists and corrupt intellectuals.
It is not only that the United Nations persuaded a large majority of the world’s nations to probe the most threatened democracy in the world - that fact that the UN had refused to condemn anti-Semitism after Toulouse is another measure of the organization’s old insanity.
It is a pattern.

Memorial video

Don't forget want they do to us. And will always doif we don't strong defend ouserlves. Itamar as Toulouse.

Israel to block entry of UN probe

David Ha'Ivri
David Ha'Ivri, Director of the Shomron liaison office of the settler's Yesha umbrella group, told Xinhua on Sunday that, while he would be willing to make his case before the group's representatives were they allowed entry, he doubted the visit's rationale.
"I think the United Nations are way out of line," Ha'Ivri said. "There are so many outrageous violations of human rights around the world ... in Syria, in Egypt, in Libya - the HRC is making a great mistake in putting this issue at the top of the list"


5 reasons why children steal the afikoman

One of the children's favorite parts of the Seder is the stealing of the Afikoman, hiding it, and subsequently asking for a gift before returning it to their father.  Where does this minhag come from?  The Hagadah Otzar Divrei HaMeforshim brings some reasons for stealing the Afikoman.

1.  To show how much they love the mitzva.  (Mekor Chaim - Chavos Yair)

2.  Based on the Mishna in Pesachim that says the children grab the Matza so they shouldn't fall asleep. (Chasam Sofer)

3. Dogs watch the house from burglars.  On the night of Pesach the dogs did not bark therefore they were vulnerable to thieves.  As a Zecher to this we steal the Afikoman. (Michtav Sofer - Rav Shimon Sofer of Krakow)

4.  Matza represents parnassa.  The Ba'al HaBayis breaks it in half.  He leaves half on the table representing Olam HaZeh and the other half he hides for Olam Haba.  The little children who only know from Olam Hazeh try to grab the hidden half.  The Ba'al HaBayis must watch it and make sure they don't steal it.  (Ach Pri Tevua - Rav Tzvi Hirsch MiLiska)

5.  When Eisav went in to get the brachos from Yitzchok, Yitzchok said "Ba Achicha BiMirma" you brother came with trickery.  The Medrash Plia adds "and he took out the Afikoman."  The brachos were given on Pesach.  Therefore the children grab the afikoman to get the brachos.  The brachos are the present that they ask their fathers to buy for them.  (Rav Menashe Klein) 

The Haggada of the Jewish idea

The Haggada of the Jewish Idea, BY Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane
What makes this Haggadah different than all other Haggadot? 
This one is straightforward with ramifications for today. In this masterpiece, via Binyamin Kahane's commentary of the classic Passover Haggadah, we learn what the Passover holiday is really all about: vengeance, redemption, and self-sacrifice.
The Haggada of the Jewish Idea, or Haggadat ha-Ra'ayon is a book written by Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane based on his commentary of the classic Passover Haggada, which is based on his father, Rabbi Meir Kahane's teachings of the "Jewish Idea". 
The book's commentary focuses on the "Jewish Idea" in general, particularly the concept of faith in God. It also focuses on the approach to Passover, and the nighttime Seder which would, "define the faith of the Jew."

Jewish Children Crafting Place: getting ready for Birkat Ha-ilanot with children

Jewish Children Crafting Place: getting ready for Birkat Ha-ilanot with children


Jew targeted in rock Attack fires back

Jew Targeted in Rock Attack; Fires Back - Defense/Security - News - Israel National News

Where's the Deterrence? By Rav. Lazer Beams

The worst form of blindness is spiritual blindness, where a person refuses to use the gift of his eyes for the purpose that Hashem intended. Hashem is bombarding us with messages, but the overwhelming majority fails to see. I don't enjoy being the wake-up megaphone, but there's no choice. It's time to put aside the iPods and the Chinese restaurants, and to realize that our people have entered a period of greatest danger.

Click here to read all his cautionary words.

Shavua Tov

"The gevura is to give priority to our fear of sin rather than our wisdom." 
(Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 58)


Shabbath Shalom

Times for: Jerusalem, Israel
Candle Lighting: 40 mins. before Shkiah | Time Zone: +2 | DST: no

Date Time    
Friday, March 23, 2012Light Candles at: 5:13 pm
Shabbat, March 24, 2012Shabbat Ends: 6:30 pm

"Please bring more light into the world by kindling the Sabbath candles this and every Friday night... "
Eva Sandler


Between March 9th and March 14th, terrorists from the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli population centers. These rockets are smuggled into the Gaza Strip through a vast network of smuggling tunnels, often hidden under residential structuers. The IDF Combat Engineering Corps' elite unit 'Yahalom' (Diamond) detects and destroys these tunnels, in order to cut off the weapons supply to terror organizations such as Hamas.


Israel founded as a haven for Jews

“I saw the depth of the grief and pain of a young mother who is feeding a baby, who lost her husband and two of her little children, the agony of life cut short and hope which was crushed, and I think to myself: what cruelty, what barbarity can cause a man to do an act which is so inhumane. For these murderers, wherever a Jews walks, every centimetre of land he walks on, is occupied territory. From their perspective, Jews have no place in the world. They want to murder Jews wherever they are, and for that reason the state of Israel was established.” 

Benjamin Netanyahu

Chodesh Tov !!

On the15th Nissan ,Pessach, is full moon and we are enabled to find our freedom. In the month of Nissan we begin the journey of our inner freedom.
This Shabbath is Rosh Chodesh Nissan and Shabbath Hachodesh.
This week, we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, (or Torat Kohanim) learning Korbanot to Hashem.

A heartfell plea for 'Increased Light'

First wisdom lesson Art by alex levine
The young widow of Toulouse murder victim Rabbi Jonathan Sandler has issued a heartfelt plea asking Jewish parents to increase light in the world through Torah.

The young widow's message, issued originally in Hebrew in 'A Heartfelt Plea for Increased Light by Mrs. Chava Sandler of Toulouse' was published late Thursday on the Chabad.org website.

"My heart is broken, I am unable to speak. There are no ways for me to be able to express the great and all-consuming pain resulting from the murder of my dear Rabbi Jonathan and our sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, and of Miriam Monsonego, daughter of the dedicated principal of Otzar HaTorah and his wife, Rabbi Yaakov and Mrs. Monsonego.
"May no one ever have to endure such pain and suffering.”
Because so many people in France and around the world have been asking what they can do on her behalf, however, Sandler said she has felt compelled to respond.
"My husband's life was dedicated to teaching Torah,” the Chabad-Lubavitch emissary wrote. “We moved back to the country of his birth to help young people learn about the beauty of Torah.
"He was truly a good man, living, giving and selfless. He was sensitive to all of G-d's creatures, always searching for ways to reveal the goodness in others. He and I raised Aryeh and Gavriel to live the ways of Torah. Who would have known how short would be their time on this Earth, how short would be the time I would be with them as their mother?”
Sandler went on to express her faith that regardless of the horrific manner in which her husband and the three little children died, she still knows that “the ways of G-d are good, and He will reveal the path and give us the strength to continue.”
To all those who have asked how to bring consolation to the family and contentment to the souls of the departed, therefore, Sandler said, “Let's continue their lives on this Earth.
"Parents, please kiss your children,” she entreated. “Tell them how much you love them, and how dear it is to your heart that they be living examples of our Torah, imbued with the fear of Heaven and with love of their fellow man.
"Please increase your study of Torah, whether on your own or with your family and friends. Help others who may find study difficult to achieve alone.
"Please bring more light into the world by kindling the Sabbath candles this and every Friday night... a bit earlier than the published times as a way to add holiness to our world.
“The holiday of Passover is approaching. Please invite another person into your homes so that all have a place at a Seder to celebrate the holiday of our freedom.
"Along with our tearful remembrance of our trials in Egypt so many years ago, we still tell over how 'in each and every generation, they have stood against us to destroy us.' We all will announced in a loud and clear voice: 'G-d saves us from their hands.'
"The spirit of the Jewish People can never be extinguished; its connection with Torah and its commandments can never be destroyed.
"May it be G-d's will that from this moment on, we will all only know happiness.
"I send my heartfelt condolences to the Monsonego family for the loss of their daughter Miriam, and I pray for the speedy recovery of Aharon ben Leah, who was injured in the attack.
"Thank you for your support and love.”


Rosh Chodesh Nissan

"This month shall be for you the beginning of the months...

From The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov:

One who experiences redemption has emerged from darkness into light. One who has never suffered the oppression of bondage, will not appreciate redemption. The very essence of redemption is the freedom which has its source in the bondage itself. Had Israel not been enslaved, they would never have experienced true freedom. Once they were enslaved, that very enslavement gave rise to their redemption. From the midst of that darkness---and from nowhere else light burst forth. Our Sages taught: Israel said to God, "Master of the Universe, when will You redeem us?" God answered: "When you descend to the lowest level---at that moment I shall redeem you."
...this is true of all the troubles and sorrows that the offspring of Ya'akov have suffered throughout history. All of them were transformed into salvation, and the greater the darkness, the greater was the light which followed. This is true of the final redemption as well---its light shall burst forth from the midst of darkness. At the very time when hearts tremble in despair, the glory of God will shine forth. And when will this be? In the month of Nisan, for God has established it as a time of redemption for all generations. Every trial or misfortune which befalls Israel during this month is but an assurance that the redemption is about to begin.
..."This month shall be for you." ...He established a month of redemption---a month in which they would be redeemed from Egypt and a month in which they are ultimately destined to be redeemed....

Making shmura matza for Passover

Shabbath HaChodesh

Shabbat HaChodesh / שבת החדש

Shabbat HaChodesh ("Sabbath of the month" שבת החודש) precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Passover is celebrated. 
On the first day of Nissan, G.d presented the first commandment of how to "sanctify the new moon" (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nissan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months.).

What if you want to prepare for Pesach properly through Torah study and prayer, but instead find that you need to be busy with cleaning and shopping?
Of course, you should try to grab time for Torah study in middle of everything you’re busy with, and to be firm to daven at set times with a minyan.
But don’t become overwhelmed by all the obstacles that you have to endure. They are there for a purpose, and they are actually the only reason why you’re here in this world.
This can be understood with the analogy of a watch. In a watch, there is a spring which is bent backwards and naturally tries breaking free to jump forward, but is held back by the gears. The gears only allow the spring to be released forward bit by bit at the pace of seconds and minutes. If we would allow the spring the freedom to bounce forward straight away, the watch wouldn’t be able to keep time. Many machines are made in this fashion, by taking two opposing forces and creating a harmony between them.

be of blessed memoty little Miriam

“Say at the Holy Temple I brought first fruits to Jerusalem.
That I brought the best of my children as a sacrifice to G-d”.
 Miriam Monsonego’s mother

The brutal, monstruos killer is dead

B'H" that monster has been killed.


Jewishness. Unity.



Parashah Vayikra

Art by Maggidah Shoshannah Brombacher, Ph.D.
This seems to be a midrash about converts to Judaism, and indeed it has an important message in that matter. I believe we can also take this to a deeper level about spirituality in general. I’ll address both after the midrash; for now, listen:
R. Abbahu opened his discourse with the text, They shall return, dwelling under his shadow (Hosea 14:8). These, he said, are the converts who come and take shelter under the shadow of the Holy One, blessed be He. They shall make corn grow (ib.) means, they become the root just like Israel, even as thou sayest, Corn shall make the young men flourish, and wine the maids (Zech. 9:17). And they shall blossom as the vine (Hosea loc. cit.), even as thou sayest, Thou didst pluck up a vine out of Egypt; Thou didst drive out the nations, and didst plant it (Ps. 80:9).
Another interpretation: They shall make corn grow (Hosea loc. cit.) speaks of Talmud, And they shall blossom as the vine speaks of Aggadah and Halachah (laws). The mention of shall be as the wine of Lebanon suggests: The Holy One, blessed be He, said: ‘The names of converts are as pleasing to Me as the wine of libation which is offered to Me on the altar.’
Midrash Rabbah – Leviticus I:2
Converts to Judaism know a special challenge: having been drawn to this ancient religion, they know the privilege and honor of joining this people. And yet there are many born Jews who have a difficult time accepting the convert, as this midrash alludes. Why else would we need a teaching about how valuable converts are, especially since proselytizing is actively discouraged! This is only one of many instances in midrash, Talmud and halachah (Jewish law) in which the matter of converts is addressed. Indeed, it is forbidden by numerous laws to identify a convert as such, or even speak of their pre-Jewish days!

Chief Rabbi Amar: We Cry but Are Strong

Jewish World - News - Israel National News


Of blessed memory...

Baruch Dayan Emet....This young Rabbi sent to France from Israel to strengthen the Jewish community, killed yesterday, along with his two children and the daughter of the school's Headmaster. 
May Hashem avenge their murder, and may their memories be a blessing
We can only  imagine the pain of the mother, let's all be with her.


four beautiful Jewish neshamot are now in Shamayim,

Toulouse victims to be buried in Israel

Foreign Ministry officials on Monday said the Israeli consulate in Marseille is handling arrangements for the four victims of the Toulouse shooting to be returned home for burial.
"After the appalling murders in Toulouse, the Israeli Embassy in Paris, as well as the Israeli Consulate in Marseille, have contacted the bereaved families and learned of their desire to bring their loved ones to Israel for burial," a statement said.
"The Government of Israel has therefore decided to transfer the coffins to Israel as soon as possible, with the cooperation and assistance of Israel's representatives in France and in coordination with the French authorities," it continued.
It concluded, "The names of the victims are: Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, Gabriel Sandler (age 4), Arieh Sandler (age 5), Miriam Monsonego (age 7)." 
Monday morning at or around 08:00 hours a motorcycle-riding gunman gunned down the four Jews outside the Otzar HaTorah day school.
The attack was the third such attack in recent days, but the first to target France's Jewish community. Previous attacks targeted French paratroopers in southern France.
French prosecutors – who decried Monday's attack as "savagery" – say it is too soon to classify the murders as hate crimes or terrorism, adding they are concerned the mass murders are the work of a "serial killer."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to aid French authorities in bringing the perpetrator to justice.
"I promise that the Israeli government will aid the French government in this task," Netanyahu said. "We would do it anyway, some of the victims were also Israeli citizens."

Baruch Dayan Emet!

Rabbi Jonathan Sandler (age 30)
Gavriel Sandler (age 4)
Aryeh Sandler (age 5)
Miriam Monsonego (age 7)

Rabbi Sandler of Kiryat Yovel in Jerusalem and his sons Aryeh, 6, and Gavriel, 3.5, were murdered in Toulouse Monday morning, as was 8 year-old Miriam Monsonegro, daughter of the director of Ozar HaTorah Toulouse, Yaacov Monsonego
May Hashem avenge their blood.

Shir lama`alot. Esa einai el heharim:  me'ayin yavo ezri? 
Ezri me'im A-onai/hashem ose shamaim va'aretz. 
Al yiten lamot ragleicha  al yanum shom'recha. 
Hineh, lo yanum velo yishan shomer Yisrael. 


a little bit of music...

Shtar - Nagila

Will Hashem forgive this...?

Will Hashem forgive this done by Jews to other Jews, to Erezt Yisrael?
Would not this be sin of Hillul Hashem?
This is the 4 minute video of Netzer Hazani that spread around the world and was the inspiration for producing Home Game the movie. 
This clip documents the emotions and scenes of the last hours of the village, located in Gush Katif/Gaza Strip, as part of Israel's disengagement from Gaza, summer 2005. 
Israeli society paid a heavy, heavy price in striving to make peace by uprooting 21 Jewish communities in Gaza and those people continue to pay a heavy price today.
Watch this video to see some of the special Jews of Gaza who gave up their homes so that Gaza could turn into a rocket launching pad to terrorize Israel! 
They lost their homes, their farms, their businesses, everything all because the world thought that having a Jew-free Gaza would bring peace! 
 See who these people are and what they went through. 
Remember, Gaza had one of the oldest Jewish synagogues and famous Jewish Rabbis from the Mishna and Talmud lived in Gaza. 
Gaza was not and is not Arab land!

Watch the full movie "Home Game" to better understand.
Click here to watch the full movie online http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/home-game-movie 

How to kosher a kitchen for Pesach

Iron Dome technician saved by fellow soldier at last minute

(Photo: Avi Rokach)
The recent round of violence in the south meant that Ashdod residents had to deal with a number of Grad rocket explosions.
Now it has been revealed that the exceptional actions of two Iron Dome system operators successfully prevented the explosion of at least one rocket and that the life of one of the soldiers involved was saved thanks to the resourcefulness of his comrade in arms.
The IDF's Iron Dome operators received wall-to-wall praise in the recent escalation after they managed to intercept 85% of the rockets that the system tried to stop.
Ynet has learned that at the height of the system's activity last week, a technician successfully fixed a malfunction which enabled the system to intercept a rocket fired at Ashdod, while another operator extricated him from the area where the intercepting missiles are launched.
The technician, career officer Sergeant First Class Eli Zada, was sent early last week to fix a technical failure on the Iron Dome battery responsible for protecting the capital of the Negev. Moments after the he began to fix the faulty battery, a siren alerting that at least one Grad missile was making its way towards the city was sounded.
The technician didn't hesitate and instead of running for shelter remained in place to fix the problem, making sure the battery was battle-ready.
According to Air Force safety regulations, troops are not supposed to remain within dozens of meters of the Iron Dome battery when an intercepting missile is launched, due to the incredible heat levels and fire that it emits.

IDF soldiers...

Who isn't touched by this beautiful photo captured by Yossi Raz? 
Combat engineering troops get a fancy greeting from this little fellow after completing a treacherous trek for their well-earned gray berets.

The surreality of terrorist warfare

The million-plus Israelis living in the southern part of the country had another unquiet night. Around 1:30 morning (Friday) , another Gazan...

Rockets are meant to kill

Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired over 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over one million Israelis are currently under threat of rocket attacks.  
In 2011, 627 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israeli towns. That’s an even higher number than in 2010, when 566 rockets were fired:

 source IDF blog

Infiltration Attempt Prevented on the Israel – Egypt Border


Ceasefire' continues, as do rocket attacks

IDF blog
Despite an Egyptian-brokered ‘ceasefire’ announced earlier this week, terrorists continued to fire rockets at Israeli territory on Friday.
A Kassam rocket which was fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Friday afternoon landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no physical injuries or damage.
The terrorists took advantage of winter-like weather conditions in the area to cover up the fact that they were firing a rocket, according to a report on Channel 2 News.
A Kassam rocket was also fired from Gaza towards Israel overnight Thursday and exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council.
At least five rockets and missiles were fired from Gaza into Israeli territory throughout the day on Thursday, including a Grad missile fired at Ashdod on Thursday evening. While the Iron Dome system successfully shot the missile out of the air before impact, the attack caused concern among local officials and led to the closure of schools across the south.
On Thursday, when schools were open, a rocket hit near a school in Ofakim. No children were wounded in the attack.
The latest terror onslaught from Gaza began last Friday. Terrorists fired more than 200 rockets at Israeli cities in four days.

a little bit of music...

Gad Elbaz - Mi sheberah

Rainy Shabbath in Jerusalem

Heavy rain in central Jerusalem, right next to the city's tram rails and the new Mashbir mega store.

Shavua Tov!

"We must always try to extend and increase each successive hour, that is to say: to lengthen and increase with it with an extra dose of Holiness." 
(Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 59)


Shabbath Shalom

Times for: Jerusalem, Israel
Candle Lighting: 40 mins. before Shkiah | Time Zone: +2 | DST: no

Date Time    
Friday, March 16, 2012Light Candles at: 5:08 pm
Shabbat, March 17, 2012Shabbat Ends: 6:25 pm

a little bit of music....

 Ehud Banai - Hayom

Enough of Noam Schalit!

Third Temple under construction...

Listen to The Complete Report, along with viewing the construction first hand, The 3rd Temple will be built even though the christian churches teach that it will not.
That is nothing more than a lie and far from the truth.
The holy spoken word says It Will Be Built In The Last And Final days.

Shabbath Para with children

My daughters painted red two toy cows so for Shabbath Para we had our Para Aduma

This Shabbath is Shabbat Para, the 2nd of 4 special Shabbatot before Passover. 
We read about the Para Aduma, the rare red heifer, whose ashes were used in the bizarre and mysterious purification rite of the ancient Temple. 
The message for us is that it’s time to begin planning to purify our homes and ourselves for Passover. 
But when we take a close look at the text of that purification rite of the ancient Temple, we immediately ask, “It makes no sense; how could this be?”
For this rite, the ashes of the Red Heifer were sprinkled on those that had become impure, usually because of contact with the dead, and they became pure, while those who prepared the ashes became impure. 
Even King Solomon questioned the understanding of this rite when he said (Mishley 7:23): “I said I would be wise, but it is far from me.” 
Perhaps it is because, in the presence of death, there are no answers, only questions.
Shabbath Shalom!