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Aug 1, 2014

MK Eichler: give a grant to soldiers getting married (video)

MK Eichler, while working to knock out the law being passed by Yair Lapid regarding the cancellation of VAT on certain home purchases, suggested that if the government really wanted to help soldiers they should offer a grant to all soldiers who have now served in Gaza that when they get married, the government will give a grant of 100,000 NIS towards the purchase of a home.





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Yair Lapid on Bloomberg (video)






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What's life like for Palestinians in Gaza under Hamas? (video)






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Perry: America Must End ‘Ambivalence’ On Israel (video)







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Jul 31, 2014

Ambassador Ron Dermer on Special Report (video)

Dermer has turned out to be a great spokesperson...




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Woman used as human shield reacts to Hamas' strategy (video)

amazing that she would speak up like this, so strongly for Israel




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the matza that saved the residents of Kibbutz Sufa

another war miracle:

as reported on the Radio Kol Hai program, by the people involved.

The article was already translated by JewishMom.com so I am just ripping it from there, instead of translating it myself..

Three weeks ago a group of residents came from Bnei Brak to harvest wheat for Pesach. They harvest the wheat every summer when the sun beats down on the fields, thoroughly drying the wheat. The wheat is then stored until the winter when they start the production and baking of matzos.
Aharon Samet, owner of the “Samet” factory producing “tzitzis” fringes, is the Badatz community supervisor for the wheat harvest. On a radio program today with Rabbi Moshe Ben Lulu, Samet told the story of the great miracle which occurred for the people of Israel thanks to this year’s wheat harvest.
“This year we are getting ready for the Shmitta agricultural sabbatical year, so this summer we harvested wheat grain for two years. We searched the whole country, looking for wheat which was sown late in the season and needed rain which fell late. At Kibbutz Sufa right next to the Gaza border we found an entire field sown in mid-January, which was considered very unusual, so we found 2000 acres of green wheat which was just right for us, “said Samet.
“We harvested the wheat,” said Samet, “and we ran into military police, as well as undercover and regular police who came to check out who we were.” The Gaza air campaign was already underway, and Samet and his colleagues saw the smoke clouds over Gaza, and heard the sirens while they were busy harvesting and transferring the wheat to trucks and moving them towards the cleaning plant near Masmiya for cleaning the wheat, fumigating and enriching it.
Two days later 13 terrorists came from Gaza out from the tunnel which opened into the fields near Sufa. The terrorists had been planning a big attack, and had been counting on hiding among Sufa’s giant wheat field–which the matzah makers had just chopped down in its entirety. The terrorists couldn’t understand how their camouflage had disappeared.
The empty field enabled military observers to easily spot and identify the terrorists and open fire on them. Many Jewish lives were thus saved by the grace of Heaven.

when you eat your matza next Pesach, think about how the matza might just be bigger than just a piece of matza, and how thigns we do have effects on so many other things, even without us necessarily knowing about it

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Burqa lady shot near Kotel

Last night a "burqa lady" was shot.

This burqa lady was walking towards the entrance to the Kotel, when police called to her to stop. They were unable to identify her as not a terrorist, as a Jew, from afar due to being completely covered, and wanted her to stop so they could identify her.

When she continued walking towards them and did not heed their warnings, they shot her in the leg to stop her, suspecting this person might be a terrorist with nefarious intentions. It is unclear why she did not heed the warnigns to stop.
sources: Jerusalem.net and Srugim

I hope she is ok and healing.

It seems like now is not a good time to refuse to identify yourself and do things that might be considered suspicious. Everybody is on alert everywhere. The security situation everywhere is very sensitive.




And, now Ladaat is also reporting on another incident with a burqa lady in Mea Shearim. She was detained. The article does not say why or what the police wanted from her. I don't know why she did not identify herself, even after being stopped by the police that she needed to be taken away.





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Joan Rivers Epic Interview for Channel 10 Israel (video)


some of Joan Rivers PR tips for Israel:

Israel should show dead puppies!
nose jobs for all Palestinans will bring about peace in the Middle East

I love it!




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Doing away with Gaza, in Jerusalem

A city councilman in the City of Jerusalem, deputy mayor actually, Meir Turjeman, has suggested the city change the name of a local street, due to the war in Gaza.

Turjeman wants the name of Azza St. changed to Tzuk Eitan St. Turjeman says that the name "Azza" right now has negative connotations for people and should be changed.

Mynet gives some history about the street and says that it has been called Azza St. for 66 years and historically was part of the original route from Jaffa Gate to the southern coast that included Azza. Mynet also says that in 2009 another city councilman suggested changing the name to Sderot, saying that the name of that cursed city (Azza) should be uprooted from the heart of our capital. As well, in 2005 others wanted to change the street name to Gush Katif, and yet someone else suggested changing it to be named after Dr. Yosef Burg, who had lived there for many years..

Right now it seems like Turjeman doesn't have the votes to get it changed. Opponents say that Azza is a part of Greater Israel.

Personally, I think it is a bad idea. Azza has a "glorious", or at least, very long history with the jews. For a couple of thousand years it has been a strong part of local history. Jewish communities lived there for large blocks of time, until 2005. Just because right now we don't get along with the people controlling Azza does not mean we should do away with the entire long history of Azza.









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Haredi Avreichim volunteering for army service

Kikar is reporting a really interesting story, worth breaking in on the regular schedule of posts...

A group of avreichim learning in Kolels has decided they want to join the IDF and fight no the front lines.

Supposedly there are tens of such avreichim. They prefer to stay anonymous and not talk about it, under the guidance of "say little and do a lot". They say that after they join the reserves and actually accomplish things in the field, they will then be happy to talk about it.

The one person willing to talk is somebody who seems to be the representative of the group. He says he is Haredi, did army service and reserve duty, and wants to stay anonymous. He says there is no problem with an avreich who previously received an exemption from army service to now volunteer to perform a variety of duties for the army, and even to serve on the front lines. He says there are many initiatives to allow people to volunteer for duty, and even for people from abroad who have no obligation of army service at all, so why not also an initiative for avreichim to volunteer?

The way he says it makes it sound like the most natural thing in the world.

Kikar asks:
Is it appropriate to do this now, when the Draft law is hanging over the heads of the yeshiva students?
Answer: he sees no connection. This has nothing to do with the Draft Law. That discussion should not stop then from being able to volunteer. Just like people volunteer for Zaka and Hatzolah, there is no reason not to also volunteer for the IDF.
The issue of the Draft Law needs to be dealt with by the gedolim, but the issue of yeshiva students is not the same as that of older avreichim who are more spiritually stable. There is also a difference between being drafted for full army service to volunteering in a time of emergency for a short period of time.
Question: How can you call on people who are sitting and learning in the beis medrash to stop and volunteer for the IDF? It isnt Hatzolah volunteers you are callign upon.
Answer: There is no bittul torah here. The volunteers for this reserve duty will do 12 days of reserve duty a year, and the volunteering can be during the vacation periods. We see a value in volunteering for the IDF when it is a "milchemet mitzva", we see quality groups serving, and not people who have nothing to do. But even quality avreichim are not always learning 24 hours a day during the vacation times. It is a good time to take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill this important mitzva.
Question: What about halachic issues in the army?
Answer: In our framework we will ensure that the halachot will be kept and we will be very careful. There will be a separate training group, the environment will allow us to protect our values. In the proper framework, during reserve duty we will even be able to learn Torah.
Question: Are there rabbonim behind your program?
Answer: no. this is just a group of avreichim who got together, from all the sectors and types in the Haredi community. There are litvishe, sefardi and hassidic.

This fellow also explains that everyone involved is an avreich with a wife and children. They are not 18 year olds. They understand the ramifications of what they are getting into (regarding danger). Not every avreich volunteering is willing to go to the front lines - some want to perform other tasks, such as other security roles, but a large percentage of them do want tot go to the front lines [even at the risk of endangering his life and the possibility of death]. Why is the blood of avreichim redder than the blood of soldiers in the field.

I admit - I had to run my eyes when I saw this. At first i thought it was satire, but it is on a Haredi website that has not run satirical pieces like this in the past, and there is no indication on the page that it is satire. Especially when he says they want to volunteer for front line duty and endanger their lives and even die - that made me think it is satire. But then I thought maybe it just wasn't written or said properly. I cant find any actual indication that this is satire.

Also worth noting is that they are doing this without looking for rabbinic approval. This is definitely unusual for haredim to make such a major move without first obtaining rabbinic approval.

So, assuming this is true and actually happening, kol hakavod to them and I hope they find fulfillment in their volunteer work! They can make a kiddush hashem amongst those they serve with, as well as to many others who will see, assuming it all works out well, that meshing torah and Israeli life (including army service) can be done



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Givati Commander Ofer Vinter talks about the ananei kavod protecting the soldiers

This commander of Givati, Ofer Vinter, who got criticized for his pre-battle letter to his soldiers in which he said they will be fighting God's battle and should say Shema Yisrael when going out to battle, is something special.

NRG excerpts part of an interview Vinter has given to Mishpacha magazine (I assume the Hebrew edition - you probably should go out and buy this week's edition to see the whole thing). As well, Ynet has some video talking to Vinter and more of his comments on the battle.

Vinter said that now, during this time of war, when the desire to join the armed forces is strong, now it must be stressed that what is really needed for the nation is that the yeshiva students should be learning Torah even more and with more force. It is the Torah that protects the nation of Israel more than anything else. Whoever can sit and learn - must do so now.

Vinter also describes how his forces have seen miracles in their battles. One story he relates is when they were fighting in Hirbat Hizaah, Vniter says he saw something he had not seen during his entire career in the army to date. Vinter describes that they had decided to attack the area in the week hours of the morning, before daybreak, so the enemy would not notice them. The extraction team arrived at the location on time, but the fighters arrived late. Vinter says they did not know what to do, as the sky was already starting to light up and the soldiers were becomign visible, yet they needed to attack. Suddenly, Vinter says, a cloud cover came over them and protected them. Clouds of glory (ananei kavod). Suddenly it covered us, the fighters, a heavy fog, that stayed there throughout the attack.Nobody saw us. Only after the houses targeted were destroyed and there was no longer any danger to the soldiers did the fog disperse. Exactly as it says "For Hashem will go with you to save you".

There is more on NRG, and I assume there will be more in the full interview in Mishpacha.

It is with the increasing number of people like Ofer Vinter in command positions in the Israeli army that they IDF will become not just Israeli but more Jewish in nature.


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Tzuk Eitan (Protective Edge) of the Breslavers - boosting morale of the soldiers (video)






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MK Moshe Feiglin: Victory in Gaza and Israel's Bright Future (video)






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MK Nissim Zeev attacks MK Ahmed Tibi (video)

Zeev calls Tibi a terror tunnel from Gaza right into the Knesset




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Treister, Kovler and Corn TV interview on Gaza border (video)

these are Bet Shemesh people!




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