What He Said…

Yesterday, after reading the news, I thought my head would explode. I haven’t been worked up by the insanity of the Israeli judicial system for a long time, but the arrest of Rav Lior just put me over the edge. I thought I would write a post, but I couldn’t articulate anything (I didn’t think writing a post with “that’s outrageous” over and over again would qualify).

Then today as I was catching up on my favorite blogs, I came across this Youtube site, recommended by Batya at Shilomusings. The following video just about sums it up for me too…


Turning a Blind Eye

I know, I know, I’ve lived in Israel for 20 years already and I should be used to it, but it still amazes me that the left-wing media is so biased.

Yesterday a young Jewish man took a “wrong” turn on his way home to Maaleh Adumim, and was set upon by Arabs who tried to lynch him. This took place in the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in Jerusalem. A few Arabs saved him from the others, until the Border police and ambulances arrived. Part of the reason that some Arab villages like these are “discriminated against” and don’t receive services by Jews (trash collection, for example) is because the Jews are afraid to go there.

Ynet carried the story. The Jerusalem Post had a short blurb last night and has not carried the story further.

Haaretz, of course, has ignored it completely.

Now just imagine what the press would have done if the story went like this: An Arab man took a wrong turn and went into a yishuv, and was set upon by Jews who tried to lynch him.

Do you think that Haaretz would ignore the story? Never. The headlines would be full of it for days, with various prominent members of the “elite” calling for action.

Still can’t get over it.

Aliyah – Everyone Has A Story

Updated! New posts added at the bottom:

I decided to celebrate our 20th aliyah anniversary by posting a roundup of aliyah stories. I did the same thing five years ago, and you can read that roundup here.

I think it is appropriate that the first person to send me a link was Batya – here with her husband for more than forty years.  Rivka explains about some of the miracles in the process of “getting to yes” – how she feels that G-d took away the obstacles to making aliyah for her.

Shimshonit shares with us about how her family would have “the Conversation” at various periods of their marriage – about when would be the right time to make aliyah, and how one dvar Torah pushed them to make their decision. Ruti Mizrachi tells her story in her usual moving way, and for another bonus gives us a rundown on what it is like three years after aliyah.

Baila tells us about how her aliyah journey took a bit of a detour down the aisle….Mrs. S. shares her story too.

Aliyah06 points out that most of us come to Israel at least partly because of the kids – but hers is a very special version. Special needs kids can get what they need in Israel too!

Dovid’s one year aliyah anniversary coincides with our 20th. He writes about how he has changed over the year. Inspiring stuff!

I hope you find these stories as moving as I did!

Another Sign….

Next week there will be a nationwide drill here in Israel to prepare for war. Starting June 19 (next Sunday) various government and security agencies will practice for “emergencies”, and on Wednesday, June 22 there will be a nationwide drill – once in the morning and once in the evening. This means that a siren will go off at these times, and we all should go to the nearest bomb shelter – or safe room in our house.

I have lived in Israel for twenty years, and although there have been local drills here and there, I don’t ever remember a nationwide one. Although the IDF press release linked above is careful to use the word “emergency” – we all know what it means. War. Bombs falling everywhere in Israel.

For some reason this drill makes me feel reassured, and not stressed. I live in a country that unfortunately has a lot of experience with war. Fortunately, we have a wonderful army and people whose job it is to worry about what might happen and prepare for it, who learn from past mistakes and try to correct them. After the Gulf War in 1991 Israel passed a law that every new house built must have a “mamad” – a safe room included. My house was built in 1999. One of our bedrooms (ours, in fact) is reinforced and has a special window, so it acts as a mini bomb shelter. Next week in the evening when the siren goes off my kids need to go into mom’s room (and I hope they won’t spend the time jumping on my bed….) I see this as symbolic. When you are a kid and you have a nightmare, where do you go? Mom’s bed of course (at least that is what I did, and my kids did when they were little). Hopefully it won’t be necessary to run there for real – but we’re preparing anyway. As it should be.

It’s Never Too Late….

As this heartwarming article proves, it is never too late to make aliyah. It is also not too late to send me your aliyah story. One week to go until I post my roundup! Send your stories to westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

“Occupied Teritories”? I Think Not!

It is always a good idea to check out other people’s blogs – you find the most interesting stuff! Ruti Mizrachi put this video up at her blog which explains the legal status of the areas in Yehuda and Shomron (Judea and Samaria). It is in Hebrew, with English subtitles, and is clear and even entertaining! Enjoy!

Just In Case…

Just in case you don’t have enough delicious recipes for Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks, or for my Christian readers, Pentecost) the Kosher Cooking Carnival has what you need here……

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