18 September 2016

Gematria: Getting Down to the Wire

17 Elul 5776

The pressure's on! Only two more weeks to go, and Mashiach hasn't been identified yet as far as I know. Too many gematrias (gematrioth if you're good at Hebrew) point to 5776 as the year he will show up on Jewish "radar." The radar part is my interpretation, not what was said.

 Also take a look at this video: the Temple will come down to Yerushalayim in 5776.

My husband and I wrote an article back about 2013-ish, an exercise in interpreting gematria that even R' Pinchas Winston had nothing bad to say about - we had it posted under his video Geulah b'Rachamim, thinking they went well together, and published it on our personal web site. (I'm not adding a link to it here because hubby redesigned the site and hasn't put any articles back in. The Wayback Machine doesn't have it either. If my husband finds it, bli neder I will post it next. If not, then I'll continue with more writing I have had in mind for a while.) It was inspired by a teaching by R' Ephraim Sprecher, that in Parashath Behar, Vayikra 25:10 the gematria of the word tashuvu  תשבו (missing a vav (ו) - we know it through the nikud) comes out to 708, referring to the rebirth of the State of Israel.


י וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל ישְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל אֲחֻזָּתוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶל מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ

10 And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom [for slaves] throughout the land for all who live on it. It shall be a Jubilee for you, and you shall return, each man to his property, and you shall return, each man to his family.

My husband's question was: How do we know it was in 5708, since the gematria was 708? It could have been in any of the past or future millennia. To find the answer, he and I went through all the millennia from Creation - the years 708, 1708, 2708 and so on, up to 6708 (which hasn't happened yet) searching for events that could answer 1) the gematria, and 2) the context of the verse it occurs in (in this case, sanctifying the Yovel, or Jubilee, year), and came to the conclusion that 5708 was the answer because of the major event that occurred in that year, the announcement of the rebirth of the State of Israel. All the rest of the millennia didn't have such a clear event to point to.



In the next two weeks we shall see whether the gematriot that have been put forth as possibly indicating Mashiach's identification in 5776 come true. Prior to this we can never know. And even if it doesn't...we must wait expectantly, and not give up! There's always 5777!

Meanwhile, the King is in the field, and we must go out to meet Him...!




11 September 2016

Valuable Post: The Day We Decided to Win, by Emily Amrousi

8 Elul 5776

Blogger's Note: I have not had a lot of time to write articles myself this summer; I have plans for a series after this month is over. Meanwhile, I hope that the State of Israel will consider and take the excellent advice hinted to below.

It would be a step in the right direction even if this is not our ultimate government. Do I really believe they will take it? I don't know. It is a matter of fact and not opinion whether they do or not. Bottom line, it is a matter of whether they truly care about the survival of any state of the Jews, and in particular, the only one that exists. If they don't, I believe their role will be "overtaken by events" at some point. Meaning, it will be left out of the Geulah Shlemah (complete redemption). I hope the Absolute Truth blog is right on what he's saying there. But if not, I'll keep waiting.

I have enhanced the article a bit with links (except the two to Israel haYom, which are original), pictures and commentary [between brackets; just a couple of questions for Ms. Amrousi.]

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Iconic photograph from the expulsion of Gush Katif & the northern Shomron. (Oded Balilty, AP)


The day we decided to win
by Emily Amrousi for Israel HaYom
 

On the day that the State of Israel decided to win, infantry units entered schools in the Palestinian[*] Authority, confiscated all the existing textbooks and left in their place piles of freshly printed Arabic textbooks. Paratroopers took down the monuments in memory of martyrs that stood at the entrances to villages, and soldiers in the Intelligence Corps set up digital whiteboards and computers in all the classrooms. 



On the day that we decided to win, we left the murderers without a community: The imams in the mosques were disconnected from their microphones; Palestinian television was taken off the air; and anyone who made a post in the evening inciting to murder had their water turned off by the following morning. Those praising the murderers were arrested and put on trial. The echoing voice that led the propaganda movement, calling Jews rats and pigs, rapists and murderers, was put to rest. 

On that day, when Israel decided to win, we were sorry for the Palestinian who helped the children of the Mark family when they were injured in a terrorist attack and then had to appear in interviews with his face blurred and his voice distorted. We began to understand the culture of death in which he lives: There are many Israelis, including settlers, who help Palestinians, and none of them have to hide their faces. 

On the day that we decided to win, we carried out thousands of demolition orders for illegal buildings in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. We prevented the transfer of funds to security prisoners. We entered Palestinian Authority territory as needed. We did not enter when it was not necessary. We were sovereign. 

[Wouldn't granting any territory to them, within that which was granted us, be abdicating sovereignty? - this is how the Arabs seem to have always understood it; they have not and will not give up trying to take over all of the land, at least as long as they have help from the European Union and the United Nations. Have we not yet learned our lesson?]

I took this picture in April 2015 (during hol hamo'ed Pesah 5775) on a field trip with Regavim. Look for the small blue-and-white stickers, which are the European Union's signature on this "shantytown" near Ma'ale Adumim. - CDG

We spread out a map of the land and marked large swathes of it for construction. Tens of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem, in the greater Jerusalem area, on the way from the capital city to the Dead Sea, between Gush Dan and the Jordan Valley. In Ariel and Maaleh Adumim, in Beit El and in Gush Etzion. The bubble burst and real estate prices dropped throughout the nation. On the day that we decided to win, we stopped the trial of Elor Azaria; a circus of a trial that has left an IDF soldier alone in the ring. Azaria went home, exhausted and free. 

Elor Azaria in court. (Ynet News)
On the day that we decided to win, we made the decision to destroy terrorists' homes with no advance warning. We deported the families of terrorists. We wrapped the bodies of terrorists in pig skin. "They've gone crazy," everyone said. Yes, we had already gone crazy, when they murdered a young girl in her bed [and, don't you think, long before that? No one I know has forgotten or forgiven the Holocaust or dhimmitude, both of which have cost an incredible number of Jewish lives and kept us one of the smallest nations on earth in modern times.].

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Amona: "Every house destroyed is a victory for Hamas." (Wikipedia)
 
On the day that we decide to win, we will also decide to allow the outpost of Amona to remain intact. This community's fate -- to be demolished by the end of the year -- is not just about the dozens of families that have been living there for the last 20 years, rather it is an Israeli story. 

The residents are not thieves. The vast majority of the landowners registered in the Ottoman and Jordanian documents cannot be found, making the land "absentee property." Some left the country or died without heirs, and some cannot be identified because they used fake names for tax purposes. In recent years, a small number of the owners have been found, and they did not even know about their ownership of the land until the left-wing organization Yesh Din intervened. A plot here, a plot there, scattered among Jewish homes, between the grapevines and the fig trees. 

The residents are offering additional compensation to anyone proven to be a landowner now and in the future. The High Court of Justice is asking that the whole settlement be bulldozed. If this small and beautiful outpost is ordered to be demolished, all the other settlements and kibbutzim established on land owned by Arabs prior to 1948 are also in danger. This is what logic would say and what history would determine. If Amona goes down, why should Shefayim remain?

[*] Need we remind readers that Palestinian = Arab?

More reading:

Regavim | Women for Israel's Tomorrow | Israel Law Center | Zehut | Yes, The West Wants to Ethnically Cleanse Israel of Jews


26 August 2016

Parashath Ekev: Use It or Lose It!

22 Menahem Av 5776

This post is in honor of my husband's 69th Hebrew birthday, which occurs tomorrow, Shabbat Ekev. He was also born on Shabbat! Happy birthday, ahuv sheli!

"For if you shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your G-d, to walk all in His ways, and to hold fast to Him, then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: From the wilderness to the Levanon, from the river, the river P'rat, to the uttermost sea shall be your border. There shall no man be able to stand against you: for the LORD your G-d shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread upon, as He has spoken to you. -D'varim  11:22-25, my husband's birth parashah, aliyath mashlim (7th aliyah, which completes the parashah).

The lime-green overlay is everything HaShem promised Am Yisrael in the future. From Ahavat Eretz Israel

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Use it or lose it

BS”D Parashat Aikev 5776
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

An orthopedist will tell you “use it or lose it” – exercise or the limb will eventually undergo necrosis (death of the cells).

So the title of this week’s message is “Use it or Lose it”.

The great traumatic crisis that faces Am Yisrael today is the mass departure, retreat, and abandonment, of millions of US Jews from their religious-historical-national ties to Judaism via intermarriage and related avenues leading to the golden gate of assimilation.
Why is this happening just now when the Jewish people are free to serve HaShem and fulfill our religious responsibilities as in no previous time in the past 2000 years?

I submit:

Friday of last week, we commemorated the festive day of the 15th of Menachem Av, which as stated in the Mishna (Ta’anit) as one of the two happiest days in the Jewish calendar year, the other being Yom Kippur.

The Talmud Yerushalmi in Ta’anit states that the 15th of Av is a joyous day for several positive things that occurred on it, one of them being the edict proclaimed by King Hoshea ben Elah of the ten northern tribes. The Gemara explains that on this day King Hoshea ben Elah rescinded a decree prohibiting the Jews of the northern tribes to go up to Yerushalayim.

In order to fully appreciate what this meant we have to return 300 years prior to the time of Hoshea ben Elah. The arch-rasha (evil-doer), Yeravam ben Nevat incited the people of the northern tribes to secede from the union which was under the monarchy of Rechav’am son of King Shlomo. In order to complete the secession, Yeravam began interpreting the Torah in his own way, but the formal act of secession was accomplished by closing the roads to Yerushalayim and creating two substitute spiritual centers, one in Bet El and the other at Dan in the north.

Yeravam knew that as long as the connection to Yerushalayim existed his break away nation would not endure. Yeravam imposed a harsh prohibition on going to Yerushalayim and in order to maintain this rule he placed police and soldiers along the entire border. This situation continued for over 300 years, during which time the Jews of the north were severed from Yerushalayim and the Bet Hamikdash.

Hoshea ben Elah ascended the throne and withdrew the border guards opening the way to Yerushalayim; this occurred on the 15th of Av. Indeed, a day to parallel Yom Kippur for now the Jews would be able to offer korbanot in the Mikdash and achieve kappara for their sins.

After this explanation in the Talmud, a rabbi whose name was Rav Kahana asked that if Hoshea ben Elah was such a great man, why then in his time did HaShem permit Shalmanesser King of Assyria to invade the northern tribes and exile all the Jews?

To this the Talmud answers that Hoshea ben Elah indeed opened the way to Yerushalayim – BUT NO ONE CAME. And the king was held personally responsible, although he opened the way, because he did not use his authority to coerce his citizens to renew their connection with the holy city.

The Gemara explains that in the 300 years when pilgrimage to the holy city was prohibited by the evil kings, the heavenly bet din (court) could not accuse the northerners of neglecting their responsibilities to Yerushalayim. But now that the government permitted the free movement of people to the holy city there was no longer an excuse for not going. It was as if HaShem was saying, “You did not come to my house, so I will eject you from your houses”, or “Use it or Lose it” – and exiled the Jews to the far fling lands to the east.


Seventy years ago the gates to Eretz Yisrael were thrown open to all Jews. The call was sounded to return home and receive immediate citizenship under the “The Law of Return”.  Very few came home from the Western countries; in fact, the year that we came on aliya in 1962, a mere 677 people came from the millions of Jew in the US.

2500 years ago, HaShem exiled the Jews from Eretz Yisrael for not going up to Yerushalayim. And although this dire sin is being repeated daily by the Jews in Western countries, HaShem cannot use the same punishment today as he did with the ten tribes. And this for the simple reason that they are already in exile.

So the question is: Anything short of a repeat Shoah, what is a fitting punishment for a people already in exile?

Answer: It is exile not only from the Jewish homeland – it is absolute banishment from the Jewish nation through assimilation.

The unaffiliated and “liberal” streams of Judaism are left to inter-marry as their punishment, and they will forever be lost to the Jewish nation.

For the religious Jew who does not come on aliya, there is a similar punishment. He is provided for with religious leaders who fortify and uphold the rejection, prohibition, alienation and exclusion of their adherents from the Holy Land which they blindly base on so-called halachic reasons; like “wait for the Mashiach” or “there is chillul shabbat in Israel.” Thereby insuring that their adherents will remain in the galut until their children, grandchildren or great grandchildren will eventually inter-marry and disappear.

Use it or lose it

The Olympic games are over. The winners proudly display their medals around their necks, gold, silver and bronze and wait for the big company sponsors competing for their endorsements. Because when such illustrious people who can run so fast and jump so high endorse a product how can the teeming millions of “plain” people not put their hands in the pockets to purchase the product!

The payments to the lucky winners are in the millions of dollars, just for saying that he prefers a particular pair of sneakers or shaves with a certain razor blade.
Adidas would pay many many millions for the president of the US to endorse their running shoes, and tens of millions to the Pope for his endorsement.

How much would they theoretically pay for the Creator of heaven and earth to endorse an earthly product?

We find in the Tanach (24 books of the Bible) an endorsement of Eretz Yisrael which is called “ha’eretz ha’tova” – the good land, repeated 7 times: once by HaShem (Devarim 1,35); four times by Moshe (Devarim 3,25; 4,21; 4,22; 9,6); and Yehoshua in his book (23,15) and in Chronicles 1 (28,8).

The term “eretz tova” – a good land, stated by HaShem in Shmot 3,8 and by Moshe in Devarim 8,7.

Birkat hamazon (grace after meals of bread) and the closing blessing over cake, wine and those fruits which are indigenous to the holy land (al hamichya) are replete with praises for Eretz Yisrael.

We in Eretz Yisrael are spectators in the “Theatre of the Absurd”. For despite all the above and more, when I speak to most American yeshiva students visiting or learning here all I get is negativism and criticism of HaShem’s holy land and holy people. I get the feeling that something in their Jewish souls has died or was extinguished by their spiritual leaders, as my mentors attempted to do to me, before I escaped.

Tradition states that at some future time the Twelve Tribes will return to Eretz Yisrael.

I have the feeling that we shall see their return a lot sooner than the return of the American orthodox Jew.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5776/2016 Nachman Kahana

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23 August 2016

On the Front Lines...

19 Menahem Av 5776

With light editing. H/T: Barbara Ginsberg, by email. She has known the Federmans since 1978. She says: "They are special people, very special and we need to help them. It is a mitzva to help the Federmans who fight every obstacle to keep our land."


From Wikipedia: Hevron in 1839, after a drawing by David Roberts

 From Elisheva Federman:

PLEASE HELP US PROTECT OURSELVES AND FIGHT AN UNJUST TRIAL AND RIGHTS FOR A GUN

Dear friends,
December 4th, 2014 was a day like all others. Noam drove the children to their 'Gan' (kindergarten) in Hebron. It was a day like all others when Arab terrorists threw stones on Jewish cars in an attempt to kill and injure. But it wasn't a day like all others the moment Noam decided to stop the stoned car, get out of it and pursue his attackers.
Needless to say, that since that day, not even one stone was thrown at a Jewish vehicle from this same corner where Arabs used to stand, in the middle of the day, and stone Jewish cars.
As it appears, this incident was staged and "Betselem" cameras were set, before the stoning to catch any Jewish response. It wasn't long before all the news headlines said:" Settlers vandalize property as revenge for stone throwing". It took only a few days for the police to show up at our home and arrest Noam, and our son Oved – which was a few days before his recruitment to the Israeli Army. They were investigated and released with a bill of indictment. 
It is over a year now, that Noam and our son Oved, an IDF paratrooper, stand trial for "vandalizing property."
During the trial, the prosecution had to reveal the army's footage of the incident. it was shocking to see Arab teenagers standing in that specific junction on the road from Hebron to Kiryat Arba, and for more than 30 minutes they are throwing stones in broad day light on Jewish cars and on military cars, and no one is stopping them. The Army jeeps, which were captured on camera, decide to do nothing. They flee the scene and let the young terrorists continue their attacks on innocent passersby. It was even more shocking to discover that the offenders were not caught, and were not even investigated for their deeds, although their faces appear clearly in the footage.
A few weeks after this incident, the police came knocking on our door, warning us that they have intel indicating that Noam, the car, and our house is targeted by hostiles. And we should use measures of precaution. Both Noam and I applied for permits to carry hand guns. Both our requests were denied. We decided to appeal against this decision not to allow us protect our children and our home.
And the last straw: after the despicable murder of Hallel Ariel, Military Intel points that these days the Arab terrorists aspire to intrude isolated homes such as ours. We were approached by the security officer of Kiryat Arba advising us to put bars on our windows, due to the fact that our house is isolated and we have nothing in our hands for self-defense. Because of the fact that our home is on "illegal territory" we won't get any help funding it.

"But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew" (Exodus 1:12).

Hebron is our birthright. This is where our forefathers set roots for our great nation, and this is where we feel privileged and obligated to raise the next generations to come. We are here to stay. No matter what the obstacles we face, we stand strong and live here as proud Jews. But we need your help, to fight this unjust trial, to appeal against these unjust decisions preventing us from protecting our home. This is not our private struggle; this has to concern each and every Jew. Please don't let us deal with it alone. Help us fund a lawyer for our son Oved, who spends his nights and days protecting this country. Noam represents himself, but they won't let him represent Oved. Help us fund the appeals for letting us carry handguns for our protection. Help us provide security to our children.
We are looking at a sum of $12,300 US. If you want to help us, please donate in any of the 3 ways below:

PAY PAL
Long into your Pay Pal Account
Hit Pay For Goods or Services
Write Elishfed@gmail.com
Write Amount and Send

Write check payable to Noam Federman
P.O.Box 89
Kiryat Arba 901000
Israel

Bank Hadoar 001
Account no. 24431524
Noam Federman
Mobile phone: 0528693868
noamfed@gmail.com
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Many thanks in advance.

11 August 2016

Yearning for the Land

7 Menahem Av 5776


Yearning for the Land
from Beyond Words: Selected Writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane
1960-1990, Volume 7

The klipa, the callus, that slowly and imperceptibly covers the burgeoning adult, immutably desensitizes us and forever loses for us the emotion and value that is the heart and nucleus of the mitzvah cell or ritual.  And so, as if suddenly – but really as part of the slow and ongoing process – there is created a human being, a community, almost a people that elevates the ritual to the heights reserved for the concept, and we become practitioners of Jewish ritual, rather than emotional and living embracers of the concept.

So it is with Tisha B’Av and the three weeks that precede it.  Not a few can emote all the laws and customs emanating from them.  Not an Orthodox Jew will violate the rituals that make up the three weeks and certainly not the nine days.  And yet, as with too many Jewish concepts that were meant to be living, thriving, real things that grip the heart and soul – ha’ikar  chaser min hasefer.  [Editor's note: A Hebrew idiom, literally meaning, “the principle is lacking from the book,” referring to the fact that the main concept has been forgotten.]

For I put it to all honest people that, of all who practice the rituals of the three weeks and Tisha B’Av, few – all too few – mourn for Jerusalem and the Land.  I put it that most find the three weeks an excruciating thing that prevents them from enjoying the summer; that most look forward to its passing as quickly as possible so that vacation and enjoyment can continue in the Catskills and all the other places that make up the Galut enjoyment; that few, all too few, feel the stab of pain in their heart for the Temple that is not there; for the Moslem jackals who walk and control the Mount; for the lack of holiness and sanctity that Jerusalem and the Temple mean. 

What happens because of this is a shallow and terrible corrosion of Judaism and a slow and terrible corruption of the Jewish soul.  Mitzvot become things to be done with and finished; the soul becomes a hard and callous thing feeling nothing, and, worse, mitzvot become meaningless and fraudulent as we weep for a land we could be living in – if we wish to; as we speak of a return to a land of which we do not wish, as we grab ourselves in emotions we do not feel.

We do not wish to leave America; we do not feel any pain in an “exile” that the ritual has us mouthing as a thing of tragedy and pain.  We enjoy the luxury of Galut and mouth quickly the kinot, the lamentations, most of whose words we do not understand anyhow.  We sit on the floor in the Ninth of Av and look forward to the 10th.  And enjoyment.

That is the death of Judaism, no matter how many synagogues and shtiblech have grown.  This is the destruction of Torah as a real and vibrant “thing,” no matter how many yeshivas have sprung up.  For all of them will produce scholars of callous soul unable to feel the pain and joy and honesty of a mitzvah as it was meant when given by G-d at Sinai. 

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Of course, this applies to all the nations of galut/golus, not just America.

Here are a few videos that I hope will point the way forward:


 R' David Bar-Hayim: To Fast or Not to Fast on Tish"a b'Av

Zimmerman Farm: Experimenting with hydroponics, part 1

Zimmerman Farm: Experimenting with hydroponics, part 2

R' Ephraim Sprecher: T"U b'Av: A Tikun for Tish"a b'Av

Temple Institute: Tish"a b'Av: A Time to Build




31 July 2016

Free, Free Invaderstine!

26 Tammuz 5776

I believe that people who support the Palestinians (and the Arabs who keep them as they are) — especially the Jews among them — should really know and think about what they are saying when they yell out "Free, Free Palestine!" I could be wrong, but I imagine that most of these people have no idea who the Palestinians are, what the name they have adopted means and where it came from, and why on earth they are doing nothing to build a country they say they want, except trying to clear a particular country of its people, namely the Jews of Israel. I suspect the answer to this last question is this.

As my many gentle and intelligent readers might have anticipated, I titled this post as I did because we can see that in Hebrew the root of the name Palestine (פלש palash) does indeed mean invade — and here are some English synonyms. So, when you watch videos of massive crowds screaming the chant above, what they are really saying, whether they mean to or not, is Free The Invaders to make "Invaderstine" out of whatever territory they can penetrate and seize!

If any of you participate in protests like this, Heaven forbid, is this what you really want? Take a look at Europe (and my European readers, take a look around you; you likely don't need links since you can see for yourselves) — the Muslim overrunning of these countries is exactly what Invaderstine is, even though they do not call themselves Palestinians. The cry to free Palestine is the cry to unleash the pillage and plunder of Israel, but don't think the world will escape in the end. It is already seeing the results of their quest upon themselves even more than upon us. Perhaps you might want to reexamine the propaganda you have heard and seen about Israel. Many Arabs and Muslims have done so, and these are only a couple of examples; here are a couple of searches you may draw from.

Free, Free Invaderstine!



Here's some insight on what they say about themselves.



18 July 2016

Yesterday could have been my last. Thank G-d it wasn't.

12 Tammuz 5776

UPDATE BELOW...

Yesterday could have been my last day on earth. I am still processing an event that, although it was not carried out to its intended conclusion, may nevertheless have had a significant impact on how I look at the reality I live in.

It had to happen eventually. I had to be a near-witness to a near-terrorist act that turned out well only due to a miracle: HaShem brought the Palestinian would-be murderer to the attention of a light rail security guard, who brought the police and other security forces together to quash his plans. 

Yesterday morning started like most in Jerusalem: bustling, cheery, lots of car horns beeping, people going about their business. My husband and I were headed downtown on the light rail to perform an important errand earlier than usual.

After the errand, we went to get some breakfast. Hubby pointed out that there were police cars blocking car traffic at the intersections from Yaffa Street to Hillel Street along King George Street. We did not stop to stare and wonder what was happening.

Mind you, we did not see any real action; in fact, no one was even injured, thank G-d, except maybe the terrorist as he was being apprehended. In fact, I am reminded of our ancestors, the ancient Israelites, going through the desert, arriving at Arnon, at the border between Moav and the Amorim and seeing blood seeping from the mountain, wondering what that was about. Hearing the news later was like the body parts rising up out of the well (which we would not know about, but for Rashi's commentary. After all, HaShem just put in the words "...it is told about in the account of the Wars of the Lord, 'What He gave at the [Sea of] Reeds and the streams of Arnon.'" and left it to man to figure it out; Rashi could have had access to a scroll. Here is some commentary on it; but I cannot find a readable copy of the work itself. A lot of talk exists about a book no one can find, apparently.). Thankfully we will not be seeing body parts from this episode.

Later on, when we arrived at the OU Center for our Sunday afternoon class with Rabbi Sprecher, he, along with several friends, told us what had happened; and that some of them had been downtown at that time, unbeknownst to us.

My husband, not one to believe word of mouth alone, found an article on the Israel Broadcasting Authority site titled "Palestinian with homemade bombs arrested on Jlem light rail."  I don't know how long you will be able to see it at http://www.iba.org.il/world/.

Later on, we talked about how fortunate and thankful we felt to have lived to make it home, back to our comfort zone, to talk about it. As for me, I might not have made it to my first anniversary blogging - the Common Era date passed eleven days ago, but the Hebrew date is coming up, on the 20th of Tammuz. Thank G-d.



Many thanks to my blogging colleagues who also informed us of what had happened through links to articles, videos and pictures. Especially this article.



More Reading: In My Little Country ... the story isn't over yet.

UPDATE: The spot where the terrorist was captured is the very same corner where the Sbarro restaurant was blown up in August 2001, where many Israeli civilians were murdered, including Malki Roth. I had no idea until I read this article on This Ongoing War. This makes the miracle all the more palpable.