Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Amona Braces for Destruction of Homes Tonight

Tensions are rising in Amona, where over 5,000 people have gathered to resist the planned destruction of 9 homes. "We won't make it easy for those who come to destroy our houses," one resident said. ( what exactly is going on there)

Monday, January 30, 2006

"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

"come on, rape me" (ariel sharon)

David Wilder writes...
...Ariel Sharon reminds me of a woman who wants to be a prostitute, but is afraid to stand on the street corner and sell herself. So what does she do? She dresses in really skimply clothing, showing just about everything, and strolls around the wrong part of the city. In her actions, she is teasing and inviting, suggesting to the lucky guy, 'come on, rape me.' That's what Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is doing -- he is prostituting Israel, begging the Arabs: Come on, rape me!...

Photo Essay: Inside Amona, In the Shadow of Destruction

The community of Amona, built with help from the World Zionist Organization and Israeli government, is seeking to prevent the destruction of nine new homes built there. (photos)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

my shabbat in kfar tapuach (norah!)

all throughout shabbat i was thinkin how i'd start off this post
and all throughout shabbat it just kept changing.
from ok to worse to omg this is nuts to ok worse things have happened to how did we land up here anyhow to this is the best shabbos ever
and finally i realized that it was just unbelievable. everything that happened-i cant believe it really happened. i will now attempt to describe it, but please be forgiving of your sabra boded if necessary. (necessary=if you don't get the complete picture and feel of it all)

shabbos was unbelievable
i mean that literally
i do not believe everything we went thru
we means chava and i
(chava = esty's sis)
which reminds me mazel tov rachel, esty n chavale!
ok so kfar tapuach, here goes...

-almost take the wrong bus, cuz some helpful stupid israeli (yes u read right, i just called an israeli 'stupid') misdirected us. lo norah lo norah
-eat cookies for breakfast on bus, no time for anythin else (not even time to tell marzipan good shabbos! now that means busy...)
-get off at tzomat tapuach (i threatened the guy behind me that if he forgets to tell me where to get off we will have to go to his house for shabbat. ta'aminu li, he did not forget!)
-tzomat tapuach is a dangerous interesection where many unpleasant things have occurred in the past. please keep in mind that the sweet, friendly, seemingly inoccent word 'tapuach' (apple) bares no relation to the place. there is nothing sweet, friendly or even remotely inoccent about this intersection.
-we do not know where to stand in order to tremp to kfar tapuach (tis like 5 mins away). so i ask someone standin there and shock shock-i had photographed him in Israel's Central Bus Station a month or two ago, because laya and i had decided that the oxymoron of angel blond soldier was too much to let pass by without a canon involved. exhilirating (definitely NON-eliram) moment for yours truly.
-we start walkin until we realize that something was a bit off, considerin that we two young jewish ladies are the only jewish civillians (technically that is a repitition, becuase no arab is a civillian) found amongst scores of arab driven cars. hmmm. lo norah lo norah-just yelp to the soldierette standin there and get pointed in the right direction.
-pleasant feeling to be talkin to the soldierette while arab drivers are gettin less and less patient for they need to show their ID to the military in order to continue driving. and then i nonchalantly, casually, slowly and i mean s-l-o-w-l-y cross in front of the waitin cars with a sense of pride and unheard of jacha because hey! israel is MY land. (well yours also, if you are jewish that is)
-waitin for the longest time till FINALLY we get a tremp to the kfar. before that we get intercepted by yishaya from frumville. no fun. anyhow we have no idea where we are goin so we just walk and walk till eventually we find the correct street. we knock on someones door, a relatively decent looking home. they tell us where to go. and all throughout shabbos we wonder-why did we not simply stay at the house that we originally knocked at? it starts to rain. lo norah lo norah
-get welcomed by two dogs. why o why do i use the word 'welcome'? ach the mindless influence of society.
(and hey don't call your vicious ragged beastly creature 'lady'. its geneivas daas, at best)
-name of the game: dogs try l'kaseach chava and chava. no fun. ken norah.
-sit on couches waitin awkwardly for a kind word, a curious word or any bloody word! none forthcoming. cut toilet paper for shabbos. not allowed to shower because not enough time for them and us. NORAH beyond belief
-name of the game: dan l'chaf zechut (twas a hard one)
-skip some of the gory details and lets head to shul
-wallah aizeh kor! despite the winter frost (no, not robert) we both managed to fall asleep. mercifully, i did not snore (see later in this post)
-wait outside with two girls (one named shilat...see a way early post to what that name means), for the chabad father who we are gonna be walking home with to his house.
-chava stands there shoutin 'shraga shraga' till she realizes that if shraga DOES come out, it might be a fadicha
-fadicha does not occur for shraga does not appear, so we get pointed to his house. built like a huge 770. sababa.
-warm big clean house with clean children and homemade achla food
-that was so important and rare and precious at this stage of the game that im gonna repeat that, warm big clean house with clean children and homemade achla food
-first highlight of my shabbos was being able to answer a halachic question that the father posed.
-after (lotsa good food and) many a quiet (bordering on the uncomfortable) moment, children begin to climb onto the sabra and the fun begins. highlight #2a understanding the hebrew riddles. ok which vegetable begins with an 'a'? nope u guessed wrong, its ariel sharon. ha. and the second one is not so nice but sabras dont have to be nice so here goes...'how do u comfort sharon's family?'...'zeh hasof shel kol ballon" ouch
-back to our hosts
-we will not discuss the night for seeing it on black and white may permanently damage my already demented brain so i will just type really really quickly and not think about it ok ok here goes o wait i dont wanna do lashon hora so i gonna skip out some and we slept on the couch and we are still grossed out cuz didnt shower (choke) and then it takes us a while to lumber into slumber land afilu that we both went to sleep at 7 fri morn (iow we were exhausted), for i couldn't breathe due to stuffed nose so she couldn't sleep due to my stuffed nose (aka snoring) and then mr dog jumps on us, no fun no fun very norah, helpless feeling of trying to ward off a dog but it (i refuse to say he or she) does not obey until mother of house at last comes to rescue us and whisks the dog away but alas! the terror and trauma remains throughout the night thus leaving two very disheveled and angry children in the morning
-go off to chabad shul. typically there are approx 4 males there. by the time kriyat hatorah comes around however the necessary minynan is present in all its glory
-bla bla bla..have kiddush in shul...all the food-wallah! seuda amiti! maa, mah chashavt ahh? lo stam lo yodaati... jachnun! now THAT'S proper food!
-highlight #2b, the women poses a riddle and yours truly nearly faints with excitement and disbelief that yes! she knows the answer. yup, twas the one we heard last night. kol hakovod.
-tried hintin to the 3 other ladies that straggled to shul that we would like to go to their home but hint was not taken. reminder-israelis dont hint. ok ok. we stand outside in the unbelievable kor because we do not want to re-enter the house. and all throughout shabbos we wonder-why did we not simply stay at that house that we originally knocked at?
-at last the cold wins and we enter. discreetly, anxiously and smelly.
-ahhhh what fun! we mercilessly tease penina about tuvya, aya about maor and shir about anything one can tease a 14 year old about.
and then the third and brightest highlight since um i made announcements on a loudspeaker in the rova, i guess. chava meets one of the 3 young teenagers who were held in israeli prisons for more than a month durin the summer for protesting the expulsion of their jewish brethern in gush katif. woah! one or two notes that she mentioned that left me astounded-they were kept there (in the same prison that eichman was kept) for 39 days, 6 shabbosim...bathroom? a hole in the floor, 39 days.....not allowed to shower, wasn't allowed to be brought extra clothes-what to do? wash your hair in the sink and when you can, wash your clothes there as well. thankfully someone had been wearin 2 skirts that day so there was always one to go around....on shabbat they would open up a little crack that was in the wall separating the boys and girls and attempt to answer amen and hum along with the zemiros. (ed note: what is this? czarist russia?!?!) the younger sister was imprisoned 3 times as well. the mother sheps nachas. i cannot write more for i am not emotionally equipped to do so. slach li.
-we ended off phenomenally but still chalishin to catch the first bus/tremp outta there
-get a ride w/ mr texan to the tzomet. (listen, we can handle anything by now)
-he wants to know who i am that i have such 'uncommon brilliant wisdom at sucha a young age' humph, who is he to call me young? stam stam
-get dropped off there and are comforted by a false sense of security due to the two 'young unmarried' (to quote the texan once more) soldiers. after approx 90 seconds the chayalim are off leaving us two young jewish civillians in JEWISH OWNED yet predominantly arab-ly settled land. we shiver. from the cold and yes from the fright. we ponder as to which hachlata is befitting to accept upon ourselves, due to the situation, when a car stops. joy turns to sadness and light to dark, however, when the realization dawns that it is not one of us that has just stopped for us. ok ill say it as it was-WE WERE SCARED OUTTA OUR PANTS FROM THAT ARAB! yea even big tough sabra, can u believe it?
-we wave him off and begin to recite the 12 pesukim. ironic how we argued over the tunes. and the dark turned to light and G-d transformed our sadness into joy in the form of an orange ribbon. yes u read that correctly, as soon as i saw that orange seret swingin defiantly from the car slowing down, I knew we were saved. pulling chava along, amidst her protests of 'how do you know theyre jewish, u have to make sure' (because of the bloody (not literal) orange string my dear. and because theres a bloody (again, not literal) soldier sittin in the front and because hes wearin a kippah and because of the bumper sticker claiming that only ahava and emunah will save the jewish people and OMG just get in before we become yet another statistic chalila!)
-and then we come to highlight #4 and the end of our incredelous chavaya of a shabbat-the driver of this wonderful tremp is in sayeret golani! lemme repeat myself SAYERET GOLANI! breathe chava breathe. (never mind the tzanchan in his uniform also tremping...) woah
(all about the special forces in the IDF)

and i end off with slight regret that i cannot write down EVERYTHING that happened-limitations of dibbur and savlanut, but with the hope that all you chutznikim were able to experience a sliver of my incredible life here in eretz yisroel. you see only at the end of shabbos did we finally stop wondering why we didn't simply stay at the house which we knocked at originally-

fahr altz is hashgocha pratis.

38 yrs since the sinking of the Dakar

(IsraelNN.com) A memorial service was held in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Military Cemetery marking 38 years since the sinking of the navy’s Dakar submarine.

The Bomb Squad

In Jerusalem, bomb threats are as common as forgotten shopping bags and misplaced briefcases.....A plastic house plant, a child's toy, a camera -- all hollowed out and rigged with TNT, are just some of the items that have been spotted on Jerusalem streets by alert citizens and diffused in time. A flashlight, a bar of soap, a tube of toothpaste, a handful of pistachio nuts - all stuffed with plastic explosives, fill out the profile of these artifacts of terror. (read entire article)

tehillim (chapter 20)

just say one perek of tehillim while ur wasting your time readin my blog

Thursday, January 26, 2006

(Rabbi Y. Jacobson told this story over during a chassidus shiur)

An elderly man was at the doctors office for a checkup. After the doctor saw him, he told him that he should come back the following week as there was something he wanted to check out. On the way out, the man went over to the secretary to schedule the follow-up appointment.

The woman looked up the doctor's schedule and told him that there was an opening the next week at 9:30 in the morning.

"I'm sorry", he told her, but at 9:30 I eat breakfast with my wife."

"Well," she replied, "why don't you tell your wife that next week your going to have to push off breakfast by an hour or so".

"I can't," he answered, "you see, my wife is living at a senior center. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she won't understand if they tell her that I'll be late".

The secretary, a bit puzzled, asked, "well, if she has Alzheimer's, then what's the big deal? She doesn't know who you are anyways!"

The elderly man looked at her with tears welled up in his eyes and said, "She may not know who I am, but I still know who she is".

i got this from vintage jean's blog (wandering ramble)
thanks vj, hope that was ok!

what if we ate manna?

what if the norm was that we all ate manna and the jews in the desert received 'regular' food from heaven...and they freaked out at the sight of it..? what if not a single givaati soldier took part of the gush katif scandal? what about tzanchanim and golani and chail ha'avir? what if mendy was a typical modern orthodox name? what if there was no such thing as lying? what if shwarma could talk? what if black was wedding and white, funeral? what if every time you yawn, you would have to pay? what if the army wore light pink vs army green? what if i can be the one to tip the scale for good and bring the final redemption?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

only in israel!

(IsraelNN.com) Israel is unveiling another "only in Israel" invention at this hour--a machine that removes chewing gum and oil stains from sidewalks. The new machine is the only one of its kind in the world and is being unveiled at Safra Square, where the capital's city hall is located.The city developed the new vehicle.

to whisper rather than shout

Rabbi Moshe Feller, head shliach in Minnesota, relates:
“I once had to publish an article about Chassidus in English, and I first sent it to the Rebbe for editing. In the article, I quoted the Chassidic saying that to rouse a person from a faint, one needs to shout his name in his ear. Here, the Rebbe crossed out the word “shout” and wrote “whisper” instead.
Since then, this has become the motto of my shlichus. I considered that this correction to be an important directive to all of us. The arousal of our generation from its spiritual faint is the work of shluchim, but it must be done with a whisper, without any trace of anger.

translated from kfar chabad magazine/shmais

IDF Chief-of-Staff Says Amona Will be Destroyed Next Week

Halutz did not set a date for expelling the Jewish residents living in the Hevron market, though that action is expected to take place by February 15. (read more)

Chabad Shluchim to Empower Chevron Settlers

שלוחי חב"ד יחזקו את תושבי הישוב היהודי בחברון
שלוחי הרבי - מנהלי בתי חב"ד בישראל יצאו ביום ראשון הקרוב לסיור הזדהות בישוב היהודי בחברון המאורגן על-ידי שליח חב"ד בחברון הרב דני כהן. במהלך הסיור, יבקרו השלוחים במערת המכפלה, בקברה של הרבנית מנוחה רחל ע"ה, וכן ב'מצפה שלהבת' שליד שכונת אברהם אבינו בעיר.
Chabad Shluchim to Empower Chevron Settlers
A group of shluchim and Chabad House directors from all parts of Israel will be taking a solidarity trip to the Jewish settlement in Chevron, arranged by the local shliach, Rabbi Danni Cohen. The shluchim will visit the Meoras Hamachpela, the grave of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel, a'h and the 'Mitzpeh Shalhevet' quarters near the Avrohom Avinu neighborhood.
from col.org.il

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

We are all children of G-d

After creating heaven and earth,God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing He said was"DON'T!"
"Don't what?"Adam replied.
Don't eat the forbidden fruit."God said.
"Forbidden fruit?We have forbidden fruit?Hey Eve..we have forbidden
"No Way!"
"Yes way!"
"Do NOT eat the fruit!"said God.
"Because I am your Father and I said so!"God replied,wondering why He hadn't stopped Creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later,God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?"God asked.
"Uh huh,"Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"said the Father.
"I don't know,"said Eve.
"She started it!"Adam said."
Did not!"
"Did too!"
Having had it with the two of them,God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it,don't be hard on yourself.If God had trouble raising children,what makes you think it would bea piece of cake for you?

1.You spend the first two years of their lifeteaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know whysome animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you.In fact,they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
5. The main purpose of holding children's partiesis to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY:Be nice to your kids.
They will choose yournursing home one day.


thanks ck and mk from cincinnati

the coco loco ( i think )

this post is dedicated to moshiko, to noam and to davush.

(of course i should mention uzi and i guess eliran and menachem as well. but im not. cuz then im gonna have to go thru erez and itzik and then it'll never end. so i wont.)


i like that word. found it on knish's blog.

she is my friend. they arrested my friend.

Police in Hevron earlier on Monday evening arrested 14-year-old Oriyah Shirel, who is wanted for an assault that occurred about a year ago when she threw an egg at an Arab. According to Hevron residents, the egg did not strike the intended target, but fell out of her hand. Community officials report that police were armed with a search warrant.

Monday, January 23, 2006

tis a wonderful atmosphere of prisms and corners and colors as well
shiny but matted like an ash tray or silver bell
white bleached stones with soles so far
forget blood and sweat, thats a piece of my heart
knowingly nodding
a bit condescending
sky blue sky blue
forfeit the moment
and seize the ray
lower and slower until end of day
then break again
but no sa-tis-fy-ing slam
an ink blot so minute
unashamed of its role
brazillian cheesecakes
with tough tough skin
like an elephant
it's entirely whole

Karadi, Shoot Me!

Yesterday, Israeli police chief Moshe Karadi, speaking on Israel television, said that he would not rule out using weapons during the planned expulsion of Hebron families from the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood.

In reaction, a group of over 50 Hebron schoolchildren traveled to Jerusalem this morning and protested outside the police headquarters wearing bull's-eye targets saying, "Karadi Shoot Me." Hebron leader Noam Arnon told journalists, "Karadi said he would shoot us, so we decided to make his life easier for him – we brought the children here – why should he have to trouble himself to come to Hebron to shoot them!?"

"Today, the problem is Olmert. Rather than fight terror, he has declared war on Jews, most particularly those of us living in Judea and Samaria. One of this first stops is Hebron."

When the children arrived and lined up on the street outside the headquarters, a security agent appeared opposite them, carrying two weapons: an Uzi-gun, slung over his shoulder, and a drawn Gluck 9mm pistol in his hand. A bystander standing at a bus stop told one of the Hebron participants: "I am here every day. Arab buses and Arab pedestrians use this road all the time, yet I've never seen a policeman here before. And this, an agent with his gun drawn…?"

For More Pictures-http://www.hebron.com/news/shootme.htm

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Home on Leave (by Naomi Ragen)

My son came home from the army last week. There was an unexpected knock on the door, and there he was, my skinny, tall soldier, carrying a duffel bag that weighed twice what he does, a rifle flung over his shoulder. I guess a mother who never had a son in the army won't understand what it feels like to hug your boy in his army uniform, even before he puts the gun down. (read more)

Tough Love vs. Spanking

Most of America thinks it is improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of "those moments." One that I found very effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk. They usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our little car ride together.I've included the photo below of one of my sessions, with my son, in case you would like to use the technique. It's very effective!

tzta'eret that i don't remember where this is from , originally.

Israel: The Safest Place In The World

14:35 Jan 22, '06 / 22 Tevet 5766
(IsraelNN.com) Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz stated there are currently 50 terror alerts including 10 concrete warnings of planned attacks.


Afterlife is a very rational, natural consequence of the order of things. After all, nothing is ever lost --even the body only transforms into earth. But nothing is lost.The person you are is also never lost. It only returns to its source. If your soul became attached to the material world during its stay here, then it must painfully rip itself away to make the journey back. But if it was only a traveler, connected to its source all along, then its ride home is heavenly.

A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe-words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman

Friday, January 20, 2006

Europe Died In Auschwitz

All European life died in Auschwitz
By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned. And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride. They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naïve hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.
What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

(*) This is a summary of an article recently printed in a Spanish newspaper, but it applies to most countries of western Europe.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

let the heat penetrate

its cold in the old city
(it usually is-this time of year, this time of day)
and the cold isn't just around me
its in me-
infiltrates, permeates, spreads and clings to me
it's clutches escape noone
it touches and freezes all
and i shiver
unthinkingly, unknowingly, unwillingly
because just now i gave in to the cold
i obeyed its command
i have allowed it to enter and i have not fought back
ah yes a sweater a glove an extra sock
so what
so what i say
why does cold penetrate all the way inside
and heat stays on the outside
on the surface
i don't feel heat in me, touching me, holding me
only cold
i want to let the heat penetrate

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tense Quiet in Hevron, Now the Stories Come Out

By Hillel Fendel
Police harassment of Jews in Hevron is not a new phenomenon. Long-time residents David Shirel and Shani Horowitz tell their harrowing stories of the past two days.

A Walk in the Shuk (by Naomi Ragen)

It's been a while since I've wandered through the Mahane Yehuda shuk in downtown Jerusalem. The fast pace of our lives makes it difficult to find time to shop in a place with no underground parking and shopping carts. But today I happened to be in the neighborhood, so I wandered in.Well, "wandered" isn't exactly the right word. Since the Intifada, when the shuk was a prime target of terrorists who attacked innocent shoppers and stall owners again and again, security has been tightened, and little wandering permitted. Soldiers with Uzi machine guns guard the entrance. Bomb-sniffing dogs patrol the bus stops. (read more)

what will be with the city of our fathers?

m'az ulitamid. whatever that means. im listening to 'yomim ketomim' now-songs of the gush. not a very comforting idea right now. get my drift? i feel confused. i dont know if i am confused or not. do you ever confuse yourself to pretend that you are confused when in truth you know the truth? the rebbe saw the truth (obviously) when he said that he will not send/encourage his chassidim to settle in chevron for it will only be temporary. and that the government doesn't intend to truthfully settle all of israel. sharon is just being a politician. ach. politicians, building bridgers where there are no waters. but now there are waters. choppy ones. confused ones. the options seem endless. fight the current? get swept along? with which currents though? build bridges? swim under the built ones? give up and sink? save the sunken ones? write a blog lamenting those making the waves?
the rebbe says to add light. [again, endless options. but no confusion with this, thankfully, mercifully.] give tzedakah BEFORE being asked. use kosher lip balm. listen to a niggun. a chabad one. make your roommate's bed. say al hamichya. from a siddur is even better. explain the 7 noahide commandments to a stranger.call a lonely grandparent. not necessarily your own. volunteer at a soup kitchen. or anywhere that needs your help. the world needs your help. you can change the world. and each person is a small world actually. so if you can make a difference to one person, you have made a difference to the whole world. woah. didn't think you had that power, did you? well you do. even you. especially you.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gush Katif: The Good News and the Bad

By Hillel Fendel

Government agrees to fund homeless communities, and their rabbis... IDF begins to draft expulsion protestors... Hundreds of expellees are still in hotels and yeshiva dorms...
* The IDF has decided to revoke its self-imposed ban on enlisting youths accused of criminal anti-disengagement activity this past summer.
* The Cabinet took a step yesterday towards helping former Gush Katif communities remain whole. (read more)

The Story with Chevron Now II

Long Live the Youth of Israel!
by David Wilder
Jewish Community of Hebron has come under invasion by the Israeli police and other security forces. This morning, for the 2nd time in two days, dozens and dozens of police, border police and riot squad members invaded the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron.

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Story with Chevron Now

Leaping Up

sitting in the rova (midday break)
mother with three little children are walking by
they reach a high curb
the littlest one leaps off first
the force of the leap
lose his balance
and he slides onto the floor
lands on his bottom
feet in front of him
he looks up at his mother
and grins
the other two children jump off as well
they manage just fine
(these littles aren't as little as littlest)
littlest goes back up to try again
he leaps and slides again
equal force
doesn't bat an eyelash before climbing right back up
equal determination
mother waits patiently, two other littles frolick about
littlest leaps again
this time he does not slide down onto his bottom
but the force was again too great and he stumbles
righting himself with his palms
(or attempting to at least)
not a proper leap
he turns around to try once more
mother continues to wait and the other littles are engaged in all the things that littles engage themselves in
(this is round #4 by now)
when littlest leaps this time, it is a solid leap.
a solid solid leap
and the four can finally move on
and nobody, not even littlest, realizes what an impact those leaps had

leaping up
to a solid leap

Expelling All Jews from Hevron (ch"v)

MK Yossi Beilin, chairman of the Meretz-Yahad party, has called on Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to expel all Jewish residents from the city of Hevron. Beilin said that Hevron was populated by what he termed Jewish settler gangs who are antagonistic towards Israel and fight security forces stationed there. He said, “Israel has refrained in the past from dealing with this mark of Cain on the forehead of the state, but the events of the past few days requires the immediate expulsion of Hevron’s Jewish residents.”

Supreme Court Rejects Pollard´s Plea to be Prisoner of Zion

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Jerusalem Moon

Jerusalem Moon
Motzei Shabbat Kodesh

Fruity Shuk Salad

-dried mango bli sugar
(some creatures like sundried tomatoes..not me)

put in as much as you prefer. obviously. i mean its not like israel where e/t is illegal.
then i dress it with a freshly squeezed orange and some honey


delicious, REALLY filling and healthy. notta bad combo, eh?

thanks to laya for giving birth to this one.

Murmurs In The Dark

by Dr. Jackie Yaris
Many of my patients seek something far more difficult for me to give than medical advice.
A few months ago near my office, I noticed a partially blind man walking along the street. I began to see him daily, his cane tapping the way in front of my building, and I watched as he tried to approach passers-by with his lopsided smile and cloudy eyes. Each day I would cringe as, almost invariably, they would look away, cross the street, or create a wide arc to avoid him. (read more)

Efrat Shabbos (s/o needs the bathrooooom...)

namely, myself :)
so this is kinda odd-now that I'm posting this directly online I don't feel as comfortable posting random details and private info and the like..
I was just re-reading some of the emails that I posted and gosh they are wacked. I dont know how u understood them all lol.
i should prob edit some of em.
so lets go do shabbos in short

7 hills there, each one named after one of the sheva minim. I stayed in rimon.
there were 3 sons there and omg it was hysterical watchin them interact. one came w/ a wife and darling baby. one w/ fiancee and one was younger. i will never tire of the older-brother-tease-younger-brother scenario.
laya and i got our fair share of teasing as well :)
so much normal americanish food. gosh. you would think that im so happy to be here and so happy to be outta america and not want a/t do with it but when u see familiar american food, ur gastrofeelings start actin up insanely. (and no, i do not suffer from insanity...i enjoy every minute of it)
gosh im feeling so intimidated thinkin how much more official this is on a blog. like i should think before i type. ICHSA! i will not let it get to me! i will be as random and dumb as i want to be! yeshhhhh
ok so this american guy moved to efrat about 2 yrs ago and every friday night he sets up this whole thing w/ food for the kids who are hangin out in the streets anyhow and he like talks to them and stuff. yafeh! (w/o tryin to sound like yurk...)
my nose is always freezing. i do not know why.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

10 Tevet Emergency Prayer In Chevron

I am in the first pic (taken by David Wilder) and the second one I took

israel is being stroyed

i was gonna write that israel is being destroyed but who knows. maybe this is really the rebuilding. maybe sprayin gas at jews and bulldozin more structures in israel is really a good thing. i dont know. to know G-d is to be G-d. so we'll leave it at 'stroyed'.

titchadshi on my new blog

i just started this. duh. im putting up all my old emails that I sent to you all. enjoy. please post comments. moshiach now.