Sunday Sep 22, 2013
It happened again.
In 2002, on the first day of the huge Succot celebrations, early evening, an Arab terrorist opened fire near the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. As a result, Rabbi Shlomo Shapira from Jerusalem was killed.
Fast forward: Succot, September 2013, eleven years later. Almost the same exact time. An Arab terrorist shoots, killing an Israeli soldier, near the “Beit Merkachat” intersection in Hebron. As with Rabbi Shapira,...
Thursday Sep 12, 2013
Last week one of my daughters moved from the southern Hebron Hills community Eshtamoa to Shilo in Binyamin.
Shilo is one of those places I’ve read about in the Bible, and a place passed by when traveling to communities in the northern Shomron. I have friends who live there, but haven’t ever really spent time at this ancient, holy place. (Next week, over Succot, we will, with G-d’s help).
Presently Shilo is broken into two...
Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
An open letter to the Norwegian Foreign Minister: Mr. Espen Barth Eide
You surprised me yesterday evening. I really didn't expect to see you here. Especially following a two hour tour the previous day with your Tiph staff. Following a successful and interesting tour, at Tel Hebron, at the Hebron museum, at the ancient synagogue, and even a visit in my home, I would have, perhaps expected that they would have been polite enough to have informed...
Friday Aug 16, 2013
It was exactly three years ago that I wrote Serving Israel on a Silver Platter. It is just as relevant today as it was then, but in the name of rejuvenation, a few more points can be added.
First, in speaking with groups here in Hebron, many ask me about the ‘two state solution.’ I explain to them that it is not going to happen. Why?
Hizbullah in the north, Syria to the east, and Egypt and Hamas to the south. And who knows how...
Sunday Aug 04, 2013
The first time was many years ago. I had just concluded explanations about Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael” which arrived in Hebron from Slobodka, in Lithuania in 1924. The Hebron Heritage Museum at Beit Hadassah features an exhibit about this illustrious Torah-learning academy, nicknamed the ‘Hebron Yeshiva,’ which includes a ‘class picture’ from 1928.
As I finished my brief account, an older man approached me,...