Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hero's Welcome...for a Hero

When a Jew nearly dies..he or she will often say a special prayer of thanks for the gift of life. A woman says it after she gives birth; you say it after a car accident...

Two weeks ago, a border guard was stabbed. He was lucky to survive and somehow managed to shoot his attacker before collapsing. Somehow, perhaps by sheer will, he fought his way back...and today, he and his family went to the Western Wall, the holiest place in the Jewish religion to which we have access to say this special prayer.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, ruler of the Universe, who bestows kindness on those who are committed, and who has granted to me all kindness.

To which, those who hear this prayer, respond:

May the One who has granted you all kindness always grant kindness to you forever.

That was the plan, that he would arrive. And when he did, his friends and fellow border guards, had a special greeting for him...watch this...watch this and feel the love that is so much a part of our country.

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We Stand...I Stand...with God

Thus sings the father of a young man who was murdered...
"Even in the most difficult moments when all is hidden, even when it is hidden, certainly​ even then, G-d blessed be He, is also found there. Even behind the most difficult things that happen to you, He stands, He stands - and we will stand, we will stand with G-d."
He then says there will be peace and asks his murdered son to come visit them from above. At no time did he scream out for revenge, for the deaths of those responsible. No shots were fired in the air during the funeral.

Tears of a nation, who has lost a precious son, an angel. The amazing thing here is that you actually don't have to understand the Hebrew to understand the agonizing grief of this family, of this father whose sons have lost their brother.


When You Choose to Laugh

I received this via Twitter (through a series of tweets) from a man in India, someone who cared enough to make sure I wasn't insulted when a fellow countryman suggested I take my son out of a school that had been attacked by the Arabs and put him some place safer.

Before I got a chance to explain why I wouldn't do this, this man from India jumped in:

"Bandhu, she is from Israel," he wrote to the other person, "no way you can blame them. There is a reason. Pls delete your tweet. Not in good taste to an Israeli Mom."

He also sent me this picture. The first person apologized and said he hoped that he did not offend me. I answered immediately that it was fine and agreed that India and Israel share a special bond.

And then the second man sent me this wonderful joke... 
Boarding planes in Israel!
 
The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray, but detonate any explosive device you have on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will eliminate the costs of long expensive trials. 

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.

Shortly thereafter, an announcement: 

"Attention to all standby passengers,
El Al is pleased to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom"  

It took me a second to get it...and then I smiled. Get it? Did you smile? 

The Orphans That Aren't

Listen to the chilling words of one of the three who survived the attack that killed Malachi Rosenfeld (How can you murder an angel?).

He was blessed; he was lucky. And because the bullets didn't kill him, there are two children in Israel who are not orphans today.

When he started shooting, you cringe and try to somehow protect the head; I'll never forget that feeling, You feel helpless, someone is trying to take your life away because you are Jewish.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How Can You Murder an Angel?

I think somewhere back in my childhood, I thought angels were these special entities that watched over us. My grandmother was an angel. She died just before I was five and I've always felt her. My grandfather died when I was 16, and I've carried him with me since. I loved him so much...and he's been one of my guardian angels. Look, Grandpa, I've said many times...look at her...look at him.

My second grandmother became one of my guardian angels after my fourth child was born...and I gave her name to my fifth child. Oh what pride they would all have felt if they could have seen my sons in uniform, seen how tall Davidi has become, how beautiful Aliza is...Amira as a mother of two little boys.

I've believed in angels always...they whisper in God's ears, sit beside Him. Perhaps, it is with the flick of their fingers, at God's command, the missiles fly off to the west and miss a building full of people.

The one thing I thought was impossible has happened - it turns out, you can murder an angel. Two nights ago, four young men went to a basketball game a short distance from the village in which they live.

A fun night with the guys...summer is here after a long and cold winter. They're just at that age - still wanting the night out and already old enough to have some responsibilities that weigh on them enough to need it. And in a split second, it all changed. A Palestinian terrorist opened fire. All four were hit, but one more severely than the others. His name was Malachi Moshe (Malachi means "my angel").

It was announced that he was in "matsav anush." Anush can be translated as "mortally wounded" - it means that the doctors don't really expect the patient to live. Sometimes they do - and know they were blessed with a miracle. And sometimes, the miracle isn't there. Sometimes, God says no because He has another reason, another need. God called Malachi to him, He took his angel back.

Malachi was rushed to the hospital by helicopter and the doctors tried to save him. They tried and tried...but a short time ago, Malachi died, murdered by Arab terrorists to honor their holy month of Ramada.

The family released a statement: 
ברוך דיין האמת

משפחת רוזנפלד מודיעה בצער רב על פטירתו של מלאכי משה רוזנפלד הי"ד שנרצח על ידי בני עוולה.

המשפחה רוצה להודות לבית החולים שערי צדק על הטפול המסור.

המשפחה קוראת לאחוד של כל עם ישראל לעם אחד.
Blessed is the True Judge
The Rosenfeld family, with deep sorrow, announces the death of Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who was murdered by "villains."
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Shaarei Tzedek hospital for their dedicated attempts to save his life. The family calls on the people to Israel to united as one people.
May God bless the memory of this angel and be with him as he guards his parents from above. May God avenge his blood and may his killers face the Highest Judge very, very soon. Baruch Dayan Emet - Blessed is the one True Judge.

It feels a bit Clint Eastwood here...but I have a message to the terrorists who organized this, who did this, who murdered our angel...

You can run and you can hide...but not from God and not from our angels. That's right...you killed Malachi but we have many angels, so many. Our sons are tracking you...right now, at this very minute...they'll know where you came from, where you went.

They'll find you...they will. With the help of the angels above, with the help of the Almighty, you will be found. It might take a few hours, days...just know, they'll find you.

And when they do, when, not if...when they find you, I will hope that they will be messengers, angels of God.

To add to the sadness, the family lost another son, who was an air force pilot, during a hike in 2002. I cannot begin to imagine their sorrow and pray that they will be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and, please, please God, may they know no more sorrow.

In the Name of Allah

This post was first submitted to The Times of Israel early this morning. A bit over four hours later, they responded with the following:
toi_editor said on June 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm
This post is not approved for publication as it breaches Times of Israel editorial guidelines against offensive speech.
Since they won't share it - I ask that you consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and with your friends.

In the Name of Allah

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Palestinians stoned a bus filled with children yesterday.

Liron, aged 19, now in a coma,
critical condition
In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a Palestinian woman approached a young Israeli woman and stabbed her in the neck. (Full disclosure, the young woman, aged 19 was wearing a uniform showing that she was serving her nation by protecting a holy site that is often attacked by neighboring Arabs with rocks, firebombs, etc.)

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, four Israeli young men on their way home from a soccer game in Jerusalem were attacked. One is fighting for his life, three others were also injured but expected to recover.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, dozens have been murdered in Tunis and Yemen.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a man was beheaded in Paris, and the murdered took a selfie with the body to show his pride in his actions.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, an ambulance was attacked, the driver barely surviving at least 19 gunshots fired at, around, and into the vehicle which was thankfully not carrying a patient at the time.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, my son's yeshiva in Ramle was attacked at least three times last week.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, firebombs were thrown this morning at a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Muslims around the world are showing neither graciousness nor mercy this holy month of Ramadan.

And what infuriates me most of all is two things.

The first is that no one is surprised. It's this way every Ramadan, I am told. Every Ramadan, I tell new immigrants to Israel who are shocked by the sudden spike in attacks, this is Ramadan.

The second is the absolute irony that during this same month, the Pope rushes to recognize a Palestinian state, where none exists, where there are no borders, no responsibility, no elections, nothing.

The United Nations rushes to condemn Israel, ignoring life saving measures we took during last year's Operation Protective Edge. Israel, who has never threatened to use nuclear weapons is betrayed by the Obama administration while the US negotiations with Iran and pushes for a deal that will almost secure their getting a bomb...which even without having, they have already threatened to use.

We saved lives by warning citizens in Gaza with leaflets, announcements, and text messages. All but ignoring these measures, the idiotic UN Human Rights report suggests that Hamas' threats to wipe out Tel Aviv constitute "warnings" and thus credit THEM and not us.

A flotilla sails right past Egypt, holder of the keys to one side of Gaza, demanding that Israel stop the blockade. And on the ship - cameras and cellular phones...that constitutes humanitarian aid?

In a world that has turned upside down and almost insane, can it be any wonder that Muslims are rushing to murder and main to honor the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful?

This morning, still angry and agonizing over the attack last night, enlightenment dawned. It isn't what I've been thinking - that the world simply hates us - as Israelis, as Jews. Clearly, the 27% hike in anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey, 21% in the US in general, 23% in the Netherlands, with even worse numbers coming from several other European countries, has been misunderstood.

What changed it? I saw a Facebook post from my younger adopted son, who is vacationing in Italy. He wrote that he went to a concert in "a friggin ancient coliseum in Verona. Sickest two and a half hours of my life!!"

Sickest two and a half hours... now, my Chaim loves several things...he loves to travel, he loves the finer wines and beers (and loves how much I am so not a drinker), and he loves music. Not the kind of music I like, but music just the same. So sick here means good...Sort of like once bad meant bad and changed to good.

The Hebrew phrase, "chaval al ha'zman" used to mean something was a waste of time and now means it's amazing and really worth your time. Apparently, one of the highlights of a trip is to go to a concert that makes you sick!

So maybe it isn't the world that is so misunderstood but rather our interpretation. Maybe merciful doesn't really mean one who offers mercy and gracious doesn't mean kind and giving.

Perhaps the UN is not praising Hamas; and perhaps Islam recognizes that a god that gives honor to those who murder, behead, explode, shoot, stab and stone isn't really God at all.

Too much to contemplate when I am so filled with anger. I prefer using English as it was meant to be used. At least when I am tired and upset.

The UN is hypocritical and biased. Allah is neither merciful nor gracious. To stab a woman in the throat is barbaric; to behead a man is terrorism. To shoot at an ambulance is cruel; to shoot four young men is cowardly and criminal.

And, hopefully, the concert was awesome.

The names of the wounded for prayers are:

Malachi Moshe ben Sarah Nechama
Chananya ben Shula,
Shai ben Nili, and
Yair ben Shoshana.

מלאכי בן שרה,חנניה בן שולה,שי בן נילי,יאיר בן שושנה

Please God, watch over them, heal them, comfort their families as they sit beside their sons. May these young men be granted a full and speedy recovery and may those who have perpetrated all of the above attacks speedily and fully be brought to the Highest Judge of all.

May the God of Israel continue to show His mercy in these trying days of Ramadan.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Stand With Israel Today at the UN (and Around the World)

Here's how you can do something today - take one small action to tell the United Nations that we aren't fooled by their biased stance against Israel. 

This idea came from WUJS - and should be shared far and wide - join the sane world in saying NO to the UN bias against Israel!
rethinkUN

It's time to stand up for Israel at the UN
On Monday June 29 the United Nations Human Rights Council will again hold a biased meeting attacking the State of Israel. The Human Rights Council has convicted Israel more times than all the other countries in the world combined.
It’s time to stand up against the bias and no longer accept the constant UN conviction towards Israel. Monday there will be a solidarity demonstration with Israel in Geneva in front of the UN. As we understand that not everybody will be able to physically attend the demonstration we have created an online Israel solidarity campaign.
Here is what you can do to support:
1.Take a picture of your self-holding an A4 support message for Israel. All messages must include ‪#‎RethinkUN and ‪#‎ForIsrael. 
Some ideas for messages: 
- Stop the UNHRC bias against Israel
- I stand with Israel
- Stop the UNHRC obsession with Israel
  1. Post your picture to the event
  2. Invite all your friends to this event
  3. Share the posts from this event. Today we will be posting live updates from the demonstration at the event.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Palestinian Shooter - How the Heck Did You Do That?

Dear Palestinian Shooter,

Happy Ramadan. I can tell by the news each day that your people are having a wonderful month. Just days into it and already they've hit dozens of cars and buses, one man beaten to death, several stabbed, and repeated attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem proving, yet again, that the engineer who decided to send the light rail through the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat was an idiot.

You have exploded bombs around the world that have killed a few hundred and shot fireworks at a bunch of 18 and 19 year old unarmed kids playing basketball. Celebrated jihad in France with the beheading of one man, dozens murdered in Tunisia...and here in little Israel, I have to hand it to you - you've tried very hard to murder and maim.

Rockets fired, trains, buses, fireworks, knives, stoning attacks...and now, in the greatest of all mysteries, you fired around 20 bullets at an ambulance, managing to hit on both sides of the driver...and still miss him. My first thought when I saw the video and listened to the driver showing the results of your attack, was "how the heck did you miss?"

It takes talent, it really does, to get so close and still miss so well. I mean - most people either hit the car and kill the person, or miss the car completely. You managed to hit the ambulance and STILL not kill the person.

But then, the ambulance driver explained it perfectly, and during your holy month of Ramadan no less.

"This is ambulance number six-nine of Jerusalem," the driver begins as he holds the video camera (probably his phone) and focuses on the ambulance.

At this point, Elie pointed out that this is a regular ambulance, not one that is bullet proof. Of course, we have those too here in Israel because this isn't the first time Palestinians have fired on our ambulances.

And, at this point, Davidi pointed out that, "and it isn't like we only help Jews. Ambulances help Arabs all the time." Given that David, like Elie, is a regular volunteer for the ambulance - and both have been called into Azariya and other Arab neighborhoods, he should know.

"A few minutes ago," the driver continues, unaware that both Elie and Davidi are trying to explain things to me, "a terrorist who was standing on the side of the road fired. We see here the locations of the "hits". He fired four shots; there were a lot more."

This is where Elie points out that security forces found no less than 19 casings - 19 shots fired...at least five struck the ambulance.

"There are three shots that entered here near the front door and another one in the back," the ambulance driver continues...because at that moment, just minutes after the attack, what really matters to him is that you missed, not how many you fired at him.

He circles to the front of the ambulance where you can clearly see a bullet hole in the front windshield "and the exit point, here, close to the driver's head, and that was me, [he says with a bit of an embarrassed laugh] and another exit point here with the bullet still stuck in the door."

At this point, he focuses in where you can see a bullet-shaped bump pushing outwards. Having gone through one thick metal door, the bullet was slowed down enough that it became impaled just behind the driver's door. It missed him by a few...a very few...inches. 

And then, as we stare at the ambulance in utter shock that you managed to miss him, the driver offers the truth, dear Palestinian shooter, to how the heck you failed to hit him.

"And blessed is God, we came out of this because of a miracle and I believe, maybe, it was a reward for how we work to save lives."

That is the story of this driver, who went home to his family last night. It is very likely that this weekend, he will go to synagogue and say a special prayer thanking God for saving his life; if he is married, his wife will have already said her own thanks for the blessing of not being a widow today.

And you, dear Palestinian shooter, I would like to remind you of what the Hamas spokesperson said over the summer when confronted with the fact that thousands of rockets had been fired at Israel, nearly all of them falling in open fields. The Hamasnik said that they had fired true and well, but that "the God of Israel" kept pushing their rockets to open fields.

The truth is that yestersday, you fired true and well, gave it your very best shot. No one could expect more - you hit the front passenger door no less than three times. One bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have someone sitting in the front passenger seat, and the bullet whizzed right past the driver's head to exit through the front window.

And another bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have any patient in the rear...and managed to hit mere inches behind the driver's seat. You could not have come closer before reaching utter failure if you tried...

And, as the driver said, I will say to you. For all that you tried, the God of Israel was watching and protected this man who works to save lives, just as God is forever working to protect Israel.

Blessed is the God of Israel, Who forever watches over His people. He never sleeps; He never slumbers...

So, if your fellow terrorists are asking you, "how the heck did you fire FIVE or more bullets into an ambulance and MISS the driver?" tell them - it was, and always will be, by the hand of God. God's will...God's miracle.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Speechless at the Idiocy of the UN

I need to read the report that once again singles out my nation above all others. Our children were kidnapped and murdered; tunnels were dug into our communities so that a massive attack could take place...hundreds would be killed in the ensuing bombardment and terror attacks.

Rockets were fired - hundreds, even thousands of them.

And we were condemned. We announced where we were going to be - leaflets were dropped, cell phones were called...all while rockets were fired at us.

And the UN says Hamas tried to warn us of rocket attacks? I was here, I want to scream at them. I was here. Not once did those...those...oh, I'm too angry to write this post. I can't yet be rational.

What I like to do is take these moronic reports line by line and prove them wrong...and I try to do it in a way that leads the reader to laughter.

I can't do that yet...

Israel did something so smart...we got military experts including eleven former US Chiefs of Staff, a former NATO Military Commander, political leaders from 7 different countries and they issued a simple and clear statement. It is one the exonerates Israel and damns the UN.

Says the group:

“Each of our own armies is of course committed to protecting civilian life during combat. But none of us is aware of any army that takes such extensive measures as did the IDF last summer to protect the lives of the civilian population in such circumstances.”
The UN says we did not do all that we could to save lives in Gaza while ignoring that Gaza did everything it could to take lives.

There has been no greater proof of the UN's bias than this latest affront. When the anger becomes manageable and the first words I can think of are not obscenities, I'll try to offer my opinion.

For now, I'll just say greater fools have not been created than those who think that justice is served by lying.

Minimizing Harm to Civilians - Israel vs. Hamas

Thanks to Lt. Co. Peter Lerner here are some quick and true facts you should know about Israel and Hamas. And, if you read them and think, "well, duh...I knew that" - realize too that the United Nations, the EU, and most Europeans don't know, don't care, and will never take an effort to learn...


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