Responding to Rabbi Sadan …

Rabbi: Minority Can’t Stop Next Pullout


“There are those who say: ‘What if they come to evacuate us from our lands (in the West Bank); will we go like sheep to slaughter? We have no choice but to fight for the Land of Israel’. The answer to this is clear: Even if we will be successful in delaying this or that evacuation by applying force, there is no doubt this will lead to more force being applied against us – force that is stronger than ours,” he said. read more


Olmert’s Arguments for “Convergence”: Demographics, Existential Threat, “Settlements Create Friction with the Palestinians”: Bogus Myths As Israel Loses Frustrated Important Friends …

I Give Up on Israel, by Joseph Farah


I am through defending Israel – at least the regime currently in power in Jerusalem, this useless coalition seemingly hell-bent on committing national suicide.

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a man I once considered, like his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, a reasonable, rational, level-headed defender of his country, is set to visit Washington with his hand out.

He is asking for an initial commitment of up to $10 billion in direct U.S. aid to implement his plan for national retreat, appeasement of the global jihad and a new sellout of more than 200,000 Israeli civilians who have made their homes in historically Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria at the behest and recommendation of earlier Israeli governments. read more


Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora: The Kohen’s Diagnosis …

Parshiyot Tazria/Metzora: The Kohen’s Diagnosis

By Moshe Burt

In learning about the laws of tzara’as, we find posukim which are a pelah, a wonderment.

Torah relates in our Parsha; “If the tzara’as will erupt on the skin, and … will cover the entire skin of the afflicted from his head to his feet, wherever the eyes of the Kohen can see — the Kohen shall look, and behold! — the affliction has covered his entire flesh, then
he shall declare the affliction to be pure; having turned completely white, it is pure. On the day healthy skin appears …, it (the affliction) shall be contaminated.” (Sefer Vayikra, Perek 13, posukim 12 – 14) read more


Parshiyot Vayakhel/Pekudei 5766: Unity of Klal Israel = Leadership Accountability & Transparency …

Parshiyot Vayakhel/Pekudei 5766: Unity of Klal Israel = Leadership Accountability & Transparency

by, Moshe Burt

This author has used the expression before, but this year it is truly appropo; What a difference a year makes. Last year, on Shushan Purim, rather than partying with the Rav in Jerusalem on Shushan Purim, a group of us were in Neve Dekalim installing a Sefer Torah. It was a gala celebration against that looming expulsion, then 4 1/2 months off. We installed the Sefer Torah and davened to Hashem that the gezeira be lifted. read more


Havdalah: A Thought to Take Into the Week …

Don’t Leave It in the Beit Medrash

Over Shabbos, this author spotted a vort from Rabbi Artscroll in the Stone Chumash (Parsha Terumah, Perek 25, posukim 31-40, page 451 in Stone Chumash) which bears repeating;

“The Menorah, whose flames were fed by the purest oil of the olive, symbolized by the illumination of the intellect. It was placed near the southern wall of the Tabernacle (Mishkan), opposite the Table (Shulchan) on the north. The Ark (Aron HaKodesh) … was equidistant from both. … The Ark , containing the word of G’d, cast its spiritual emanations, as it were, upon the Menorah and the Table, which represented intellectual achievement and material prosperity. This symbolized the conviction that both our spiritual and temporal lives must be guided by, and work to serve, the dictates of the Torah. Jewish life cannot be compartmentalized in the realms of sacred and temporal, or in the modern vernacular, Church and State; the Torah regulates all aspects of life, and demands purity in all of them. Indeed, the requirement that the entire, very intricate Menorah had to be hammered out of one ingot of gold (posukim 31, 39) symbolized the indivisibilty of the Torah; a Jewish life must be constructed entirely from one set of values. It may not be a hodge-podge of separate bits and pieces, grafted together to suit anyone’s convenience. All areas of life must derive from the same set of values.” read more


The Importance of Honesty and Principle …

Parsha Mishpatim — The Importance of Honesty and Principle

By, Moshe Burt

Parsha Yithro concludes with the high moment to date in world history; The Asseret HaDibrot(The 10 Statements) on the 6th day of the month of Sivan.

In our parsha Mishpatim, many basic laws of civilized existence are enunciated for B’nai Yisrael. The purpose of the Mishpatim, the civil laws, are to protect the moral fiber of society by regulating relationships between men, ecouraging truthfulness, sincerity and kindness while condemning immorality and deceit. read more


“Crazy Udi; He’s Insane …”

Olmert: Disengagement Didn’t Strengthen Hamas

Full Text;

“‘Hamas was strong before the disengagement; there is no connection between disengagement and Hamas’s win,’ Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday night in an interview with Nissim Mishal on Channel 2.”

“Olmert called the Likud an ‘extreme right-wing’ party, whose policies allowed no possibility for change.”

“The Likud approach, Olmert said, would present a scenario of endless struggles, in which Israel would find itself alone in the world.” read more

Thursday Chevron Update …

IDF to Cease Enforcement of Hevron Closed Military Zone


“The State High Court ruled that those Jewish families could be moved out, because certain paperwork had not been completed before they moved into the homes, in the Shalhevet neighborhood.”

What “certain paperwork had not been completed”? MB

Army to Relax Enforcement in Hebron

Full Text;

The IDF was going to stop enforcing the “closed military zone” rules in Hebron on Thursday morning, in light of the calm that has recently replaced the violence.” read more

Gush Katif Refugees and Chanukah …

Gush Katif Evacuees Prepare for Hanukka in J’lem Hotels


“‘We thought we would only be here for 10 days,’ Miriami said, ‘but that has turned into four months.’ The Naumburgs would like to move to as-yet unready temporary housing, but are not keen on leaving the Hyatt for another Jerusalem hotel.”

Parsha Vayeishev 5766: Yosef and the Pit & Kassam’s, Mortars in Neve Dekalim By, Moshe Burt

I read the short article on the INN website; “Mortar Shells Filled With Chanukah Light” about the Menorah made from some of the spent Islamic mortal shells which were launched on Neve Dekalim over the years. read more