Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another Cat Story

Limpy (who lost a rear foot somehow)

I like cats, both big (like Cecil and Cubs) and small ones, like Limpy, Blacky and Smokey, as I've written about previously on another blog. So the following also captured my attention.

This is Blacky

and this is Smokey

Cecil and his mate


"Tzuk and Eitan were rescued from the fighting zone in the Strip during Operation Protective Edge by an IDF soldier, who is now the protagonist of a new optimistic and colorful book for children."

"All of a sudden, a weak yowling was heard, and then another very weak, shaky yowling, and then a third. 'What is there in the corner?' Matan called with wonder. Two pairs of eyes sparkled in the darkness. Matan shone his light at the whispering, bustling corner, and then another weakling meow was heard. Matan saw two skinny, gaunt cats, and he felt sorry for the hungry and abandoned kittens."

"Author Nurit Sternberg from Moshav Sde Warburg (...) decided to write a children's book about the operation and the kittens' adoption. Despite the fact the book takes place in war time, she wrote an optimistic and colorful book which makes for a light reading."

"And so the book describes it: 'With a heavy bag on his back and his weapon on his shoulder, Matan marched with his friends along their journey, while the white and ginger cats were closed up in a cardboard box.'"

"'I found the story really touching. It opens up a window into what went on in the soldiers' hearts, and how they did not lose their compassion and gentleness despite the difficult operation,' Sternberg said.'"

You can read the whole heartwarming story here

A Warning From Shomayim

Message From the Next World Comes to 
Israeli Mystical Rabbi Amram Vaknin

Rabbi Vaknin Warns of Imminent War and Danger….As previously reported by Breaking Israel News, Rabbi Vaknin receives periodic messages from the Next World, warning about events in Israel. Gil Nachman, a close student of Rabbi Vaknin’s, told Breaking Israel News, “Pray that it’s not going to be today, tomorrow or in two weeks.”

Nachman recounted the specifics that Rabbi Vaknin received in the message.

“The Muslims are going to contaminate the water, the fruits and vegetables.

They are going to damage the electricity,” he said.

“And there are going to be people dying in the streets, thousands of people all over Israel.”

Nachman urged that the Israeli water company, the electric company and food importers should be prepared for these attacks. (The Rabbi names a member of Knesset who is a spy for the enemy.)


“We’re getting close to the big day of Moshiach. Before that happens, Hashem wants us to do teshuva. We have to be ready and prepared,” pleaded Nachman. “When we do real teshuva, Hashem will fight for us.”

The article which appeared on Geula Watch can be read in full at Breaking Israel News

Previous messages from Rabbi Vaknin can be read at TomerDevorah and at Breaking Israel News.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


The PLO’s Negotiation Affairs Department issued a press release stating that Ateret Cohanim and the Ir David Foundation (Elad) are colluding to alter the “historic character” of Silwan. JPost article.


“In 1938, after the devastating Arab riots and pogroms, the British Authorities evicted the last remaining Jewish families from their homes in the once thriving Jewish neighbourhood of Kfar HaShiloach (Kfar HaTeimanim), that was first established by the Yemenite Jews in 1882.”

Silwan was once a thriving neighborhood of Yemenite Jews before Arab rioting displaced the Jews living there, Ateret Cohanim’s executive director, Daniel Luria, said (cleared for publication) on Tuesday that the PLO’s claim of ethnic cleansing is nonsensical.

The Arabs decimated the character of the Yemenite area. (see WinstonIsraelNews some of which is posted further below).

“The return and/or establishment of Jewish life in the heart of Jerusalem – whether it be to the City of David, to the old Yemenite Village of Shiloah, or to any neighborhood in Jerusalem – is the natural, moral and historical right of the Jewish people,”

“The left-wing NGOs Ir Amim and Emek Shaveh unsuccessfully attempted to block the center in a joint High Court petition, claiming that it would result in “destruction and damage to the fabric of ancient Jerusalem.”

“The Israeli courts have effectively recognized the historical Jewish character of the area, and the Jewish title to many of the properties in the area. It was a thriving Yemenite community of 144-150 Yemenite families, before it was decimated and destroyed by Arabs in the riots and pogroms of 1929 and 1936-37.”


In fact, “In June and July this year, a total of 580 terror attacks [perpetrated by Arabs against Jews] were documented. That is Ten Terror Attacks Per Day in Old Jerusalem Alone  … The area includes the Old City quarters inside the city's ancient walls, as well as the Mount of Olives, the Silwan (Shiloah) neigborhood and the City of David….”

“Peace in Silwan will only take root when 
the Arab community renounces anti-Semitic doctrine.”

“When they stop encouraging their children to throw Molotov cocktails and stones at Jews, when they educate to ‘love, not hate, thy neighbor,’ and when they finally accept that the true son of Abraham has returned home to Jerusalem and to the land of Israel, then and only then, we will have taken a big step towards true peace in this holy city of Jerusalem,”

“Even the British authorities at the time recognized the Jewish character of the area, and after removing the last remaining Yemenite Jews from the village after the riots of 1937 due to their inability to protect the Jewish residents, the British promised in writing that the Jewish refugees should be able to ‘shortly’ return to their homes.”

“If Arabs can purchase homes in Ramot Eshkol, French Hill or in East Talpiot, and can live side-by-side with Jewish residents in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods, then surely the rightful heirs to this land, the Jewish people, have the right to purchase and live in old Jewish neighborhoods in what may be predominantly Arab neighborhoods in the heart of historical Jerusalem,“ (Daniel Luria)

Shiloach 1901

Picture Looking at Silwan from the vantage point of Kind David’s Palace in the Old City of David overlooking the Kidron Valley (Photo by Robert Mock)

I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE YEMENITES (to me they are the closest to the both Temple eras, and so include here) Much of the following is from and wikipedia and from various photos from a google search of old Yemenite Village of Shiloach.


“In 1938-39, The British reneged on their written promises, and the Yemenite Village was effectively decimated, and Arab squatters took over many Jewish owned buildings. The neighborhood became known as Silwan.

“In the year 1938, following the fleeing and eviction of Yemenite Jews, the Synagogue itself (Ohel Shlomo) was desecrated, holy books were destroyed, and the place was initially turned into public conveniences for the local Arabs. (See more at Village of Shiloach 1930-38)

“This was in fact recorded and seen by Rechavam Ze’evi’s father and by British officials, who visited the site in 1939. Ever since, Arab families have illegally squatted and built illegal structures in and around the Beit Knesset. WinstonIsraelNews

Zeevi standing over destroyed holy books in Beit Knesset 1938

“Over the years, Israeli courts have ruled that the Synagogue is ‘recognized’ as an official Synagogue and that it must be returned to the rightful Jewish owners – Hekdesh Benvenisti. (This ruling was in addition to previous court rulings against the Arabs for illegal building on the religious and historic site)

“By the grace of G-d, Baruch Hashem, this morning – 17th Iyar 5775 (6th May 2015) Jewish life returned to the Beit Knesset, and it was returned to Hekdesh Benvenisti, its rightful heirs after 77 years..

“Although only part of the original Synagogue has been returned to its owner (As some of the Arab families who have illegally squatted in the old Synagogue are no longer in the premises, while others remain)…’s still the amazing realization of a dream.

“The Beit Knesset and its adjoining buildings is located adjacent to Beit HaDvash and in close proximity to Beit Yehonatan (named for Jonathan Pollard), both buildings with Yeshiva students, and Jewish families.

“It has been redeemed and after some future serious restoration and renovation work, the sweet sounds of daily prayers, Jewish learning and Jewish life in general, will once again be heard from the Synagogue-Beit Knesset complex (

“The old Yemenite Synagogue will G-d willing service the Yeshiva students in the area (Kolel Yehoshua Rohr-Ometz Yishecha) and also the Jewish families and Yeshiva students, currently living nearby, in the Shiloach neighbourhood. (Beit Yehonatan, Beit HaDvash, Beit Frumkin and Beit Ovadia). YemeniteSynagogue.

“(*Note: Needy Jewish families may also move into part of the complex, as this is one of the aims of the original Yemenite Hekdesh- Sanctified Communal Property, which is known as Hekdesh Benvinisti.”


The most famous Jewish Yemenite migration to the Land of Israel took place in 1949 and 1950 when almost 50,000 Jews were airlifted to Israel in "Operation On Eagles Wings -- על כנפי נשרים" also known as "Operation Magic Carpet."

The earlier Yemenite migration took place 70 years earlier in 1881-1882 when a group of Jews of Yemen arrived by foot to Jerusalem.  They belonged to no "Zionist movement." They returned out of an age-old religious fervor to return to Zion.

The new immigrants settled on Jewish-owned property in the Shiloach village outside of the Old City walls of Jerusalem.


There are numerous accounts and legends concerning the arrival of Jews in various regions in Southern Arabia. One legend suggests that King Solomon sent Jewish merchant marines to Yemen to prospect for gold and silver with which to adorn his Temple in Jerusalem.

In 1881, the French vice consulate in Yemen wrote to the leaders of the Alliance (the Alliance Israelite Universelle) in France, that he read in a book by the Arab historian Abu-Alfada that the Jews of Yemen settled in the area in 1451 BCE.

The Sanaite Jews have a legend that their ancestors settled in Yemen forty-two years before the destruction of the First Temple. It is said that under the prophet Jeremiah some 75,000 Jews, including priests and Levites, traveled to Yemen.

Another legend states that when Ezra commanded the Jews to return to Jerusalem they disobeyed, whereupon he pronounced a ban upon them. According to this legend, as a punishment for this hasty action Ezra was denied burial in Israel.

As a result of this local tradition, which can not be validated historically, it is said that no Jew of Yemen gives the name of Ezra to a child, although all other Biblical appellatives are used. The Yemenite Jews claim that Ezra cursed them to be a poor people for not heeding his call. This seems to have come true in the eyes of some Yemenites, as Yemen is extremely poor. However, some Yemenite sages in Israel today emphatically reject this story as myth, if not outright blasphemy.

Historical City of David

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


IDF soldiers stopped a terrorist FIREBOMB attack in Judea on Sunday night on Highway 60, just outside of the Jewish community of Efrat, about five minutes south of Jerusalem. Two Palestinian Authority Arabs were caught by the soldiers as they were preparing to hurl firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at an IDF outpost located outside the Jewish community.

Israel Catches Palestinian Authority Firebomb Cell Israeli security officials cleared for publication Monday evening that they have arrested a Palestinian Authority terrorist cell that was behind several firebombing and rock-throwing attacks on Judea and Samaria.

Terrorists attack Israeli soldiers with a Molotov cocktail in Arab village riot near Beit El and Ramallah The terrorists are from a village near Shechem, where the Palestinian Authority is committed to maintain security and tear down the terrorist infrastructure.

8 Palestinian Arab Terror Suspects Arrested Eight Palestinian Arab terror suspects were arrested overnight in the Arab village of El Aroub. Four of the suspects were arrested on charges of terrorism. Two were taken into custody on arson charges and two were arrested in connection with rock attacks.

Terror by Fire

AND DO WE REMEMBER THIS:  The Jerusalem area has experienced several fires in recent weeks, and new blazes raged on Monday in various areas in the vicinity. Molotov cocktails were found at the scene of Sunday’s huge fire outside Jerusalem, causing investigators to conclude that it was the work of arsonists. The massive blaze in Jerusalem on Sunday that consumed property and 74 acres of natural forest was ignited by arsonists, Israeli authorities announced on Monday.


This post is in support of one tireless and 
*devoted blogger who always asks 
“What of the nascent Sanhedrin?”

A rabbinical organization called the Sanhedrin, which includes several prominent rabbis from the hardline wing of the national- religious community and from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector, wrote letters of support to the 10 men who have been banned from entering Judea and Samaria on Sunday by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). JPost

“Praiseworthy are you who represent an example and an inspiration to rabbinical judges and to all the faithful of Israel,”

“He who redeemed Israel in the days of Greece will be the One who will redeem Israel from the hands of all the dictators as long as they fail to repent quickly before the great and awesome day of God,”

[T]he letter expressed support for the youth in question “for their self-sacrifice, their dedication and their faithfulness,” and that the reference to “dictators” was directed towards Israel’s current leadership. . .the letter was not praising violence but rather the youths’ dedication to “settling every part of the Land of Israel.”

“There is complete justification in measure for measure and a proportional response and revenge,”

“If the security official tries to beat you, you can beat him back, you are obligated to beat him back, this is a human reaction,” … “You cannot expect Jews not to defend themselves.”

“… acts of vandalism to express anger and opposition to government action were also acceptable, but said that there was no evidence tying Jewish extremists to the arson attack in Duma and the murder of the two members of Dawabsha family."

"The Sanhedrin organization was established in 2004 as an attempt to revive the ancient rabbinical council known by the same name, which existed during the time of the Talmud and comprised 71 Jewish sages. The institution constituted the supreme religious decision-making body of the Jews during that era. . . The newly established Sanhedrin – which is not recognized by the state or by mainstream Jewish denominations and groupings as having any formal standing – has adopted radical and hardline positions on the conflict with the Palestinians and on the place of Jewish law in the State of Israel.”

"The missive was signed by three rabbis from the Sanhedrin organization, including the head of the group’s rabbinical court, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel.

"The group supports the application of Torah law in place of the secular law of the State of Israel, and in February 2010 ruled that “it is obligatory for every Jew to exclude himself from the secular Israeli judicial system in every matter.”

This entire article is from the morning edition of The Jerusalem Post, Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Monday, August 24, 2015


Many of us knew something just wasn't right about that fire in Duma.  Now that someone has finally had the courage to speak out about this injustice


UPDATE: An important JewishPress article: A PA official told WAFA it was important not to rush into blaming Jewish settlers for last night’s arson, because, should it turn out to have been the result of village in-fighting, the Israelis would claim that the same was true about the previous case of arson. Another home from the Dawabsha clan burned down last night in Duma. There's confusion if it the fire was electrical or from a village feud. So far, the Dawabshe clan in Duma had a house fire in February, a car fire in June and multiple house fires in August.ARE WE GETTING CLOSER TO THE TRUTH HERE!

"There is *information on a conflict of hamulot (Arab clans - ed.), the Shabak (Israel Security Agency) with Palestinian security sources must investigate the motive of the previous arson and provide answers quickly,"

After **Second Duma Fire, MK Demands Investigation

'There is info on Arab clan conflict - find the motive in previous arson quickly,' writes MK *Hazan after another home of same family burned.

"MK Oren Hazan (Likud) on Monday called for a thorough investigation following the fire last night, which burned a house in the Arab village of Duma belonging to the brother of a resident whose house was the target of lethal arson attack last month.

"Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces who investigated the home in Samaria, which belonged to a member of the Dawabshe family, said it was caused by an electrical malfunction. However, unconfirmed reports indicate an ongoing internal dispute in the town may have played a role. HAMAS is actively attempting to use the incident as a cynical tactic to provoke further attacks against Israelis in the area." ArutzSheva

**Just one month after a deadly arson killed two members of the Dawabshe family, another house in the Arab village of Duma was gutted in a fire Monday morning. In an odd twist, that house is also owned by members of the extended Dawabshe family.

Reports of the fire first surfaced on Hamas-linked media outlets, which rushed to blame "Jewish settlers" for "attacking the house" and setting it on fire.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Mount Zion (הַר צִיוֹן) is a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been historically associated with the Temple Mount, but its meaning has shifted and it is now used as the name of ancient Jerusalem's so-called western hill. In a wider sense, the term is also used for the entire Land of Israel. (Wikipedia) The following Mt Zion Archaeological Team is uncovering a FIRST CENTURY Jewish Mansion.

However, there is a battle for possession of Har Zion between the Pope and his minions, and the lovers of Zion and HaMelech David. This is all happening just near the City of David

The Archaeological Site

Two years after discovering the lower levels of a first-century C.E. mansion in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Mt. Zion archaeological team led by Shimon Gibson and James Tabor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have continued to excavate the site, uncovering more of the mansion in the process. Excavating at Mt. Zion: Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Mansion I met and heard Shimon Gibson speak at a City of David Seminar this summer.

During this summer’s dig season, the team resumed their excavation of the finished bathroom found in 2013. The archaeologists also found another complete vaulted room.

“These remains are extraordinarily well-preserved, such that not only do we have the complete basements of houses with their rooms intact, but the first story of these houses are also very well-preserved,” Gibson told The Charlotte Observer. “This is truly amazing.”

Gibson explained that not many buildings from first-century Jerusalem have remained intact because of the Romans’ destruction of the city at the end of the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E. and Roman emperor Hadrian’s subsequent rebuilding atop the ruins 65 years later.

“Then, in the Byzantine period (330–1453 C.E.), the buildings were filled in so the area could be flattened in order to build houses and structures on the top,” Gibson added.

It is remarkable, then, that the mansion being excavated by the Mt. Zion dig team is so well preserved.

The archaeologists believe that the mansion belonged to aristocrats or to a member of the wealthy Jewish priestly families. While this hypothesis seems to be a likely explanation from the types of artifacts found at the site—including a cache of murex shells, from which the highly sought-after rich purple dye was extracted—further evidence is needed, such as attestation from an inscription or other writing.

The Spiritual Site
HAR ZION: Diaspora Yeshiva, 
World Peace Center, King David

The Diaspora Yeshiva, the only Jewish institution located on Mount Zion, was the first in Israel to open its doors to those with little or no Torah knowledge. Since opening in 1967, the yeshiva has grown to include a multitude of programs for men and women of all levels of Jewish knowledge.

The holiness and the spiritual sensations give an incredible yet tangible feeling of pure Oneness, pure love, pure peace. Here is where prayers or affirmations are said for the well-being of oneself, family or friends with difficulties on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. Prayers for all humankind, and for all nations are said and felt from this place. This is the place where King David rested while deciding the area of the city to be built in his name. This is the place where you may rest and realize the potential of peace.

An Aerial View of the City of David, Har Zion and David's Tomb (center, a little left and a little down on top of the "Z" of Mount Zion)  

Reading on the battle over David’s Tomb on Har Zion

Kever David Must Remain Jewish

Years of Awe: And David Slew a Bear and a Lion, March 14, 2013

Is it Pope Francis or Francis Pope?

What's Really Going on at King David's Tomb?

David's Tomb Status Quo Breached by Catholic Mass Services

Due to the Pope’s visit, Jews were thrown out of Kever David

Netanyahu wants to give Mount Zion to the Pope (Poop)

"It is I, I am He who comforts you"

Shabbat Parshat Re'eh was Rosh Hodesh Elul, the time of introspection, leading to Rosh Hashana when we crown HaShem as our King. This Rosh Hashana thru Simchat Torah we expect great things to happen for the Glory of Hashem and His Chosen Nation Am Yisrael.

On a regular Shabbat Parshat Re'eh, the Haftorah commentary reads (*from the Stone Ed of the Artscroll Chumash):

"In a lyrical prophecy of Messianic times, Yeshaya (Isaiah) speaks of a world where the currency will be righteousness, where defense will be faith in G-D, and where sustenance will be bought with obedience to the word of G-D. The leader of Israel will be the offspring of David, and the nations of the world will flock to him and his nation -- because all will recognize that G-D has glorified Israel."

The Haftorah of Parshas Shoftim which we just read this Shabbat, reads:

"It is I, I am He who comforts you. The day will yet come whe Israel will hear G-D calling out joyously to Jerusalem, wake up, wake up! Don your strength (Emuna), O Zion, don the garments of your splendor, O Jerusalem ..."

And both Devash, Transitioning from Seven to Eight and ShiratDevorah, The Shmittah Connection both post about the possible beginnings of economic downturn estimated by many forecasters coming this September, together with other foreboding or promising events depending on your perspective (Geula), The Mystery of September 23 and The 33 things to happen in September.

And this coming Shabbat we will read, Parshas Ki Seitzei,

"When you go out to war against your enemies, and HaShem, your G-D will deliver him into your hand...."

Do we see a pattern here, so relevant to our current situation, the gematrias in Devorah and Devash posts, the crash of the market over a two-day spread, and the escalation of Iranian missiles fired from Syria, and Israel's swift reaction. The Prime Minister, loud and clear, "PM warns 'we'll harm those who try to harm us,' slams world powers for nuclear deal after 'Iranian commander ordered rocket strike.'" Iran/Persia is send out its tentacles of war, provoking Israel.

What will happen next, I believe, will depend on our teshuva and calling out to HaShem to heal our Nation, and bring us into the Geula with Mashiach.

Now and then we are privileged to 'see' the Hand of HaShem working in the world on our behalf. We must reciprocate and show that we appreciate and look forward to more and greater things.




Startling article on Haaretz:

"My two-and-a-half-year-old son is trilingual (Hebrew, English, Arabic). The thing is, neither my husband nor I (nor anyone else in our extended family, for that matter) understand his third language, which, funnily enough, has turned out to be his most fluent."  Haaretz

Maybe this baby is not really hers?

Maybe someone switched babies after birth?

Is this a new war-front:  the Delivery Room at your hospital?

Stealing Jewish babies to raise as Arabs? 
They can't wait to meet them at the Mall and marry them.