Wednesday Aug 13, 2014
Today is, according to the Hebrew calendar, the 17th day of the month of Av. Exactly 85 years ago today, the 1929 (Tarpat-Hebrew year) riots and massacre began. Over 160 people were killed throughout pre-State Israel. Sixty seven were slaughtered in Hebron. This led to the expulsion of the Hebron survivors, and the first time in almost 1,000 years that Hebron was Judenrein.
A couple of weeks ago we were honored to hear a...
Wednesday Aug 06, 2014
During the war I only attended two military funerals. The first, lone solider Max Steinberg, and the second, Kiryat Arba resident Benaya Sarel, HY"D. He was supposed to be married on Aug. 21. Thousands were present, in the middle of the night, for the procession which began at his home in Kiryat Arba, to Ma'arat HaMachpela, to the small military plot at the ancient Jewish cemetery, here in Hebron.
I've known Benaya's father, Rabbi...
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
A couple of days ago Bibi conducted a press conference, together with the Defense Minister, Bugi Ya'alon, and the Chief of Staff, Benny Ganz. I watched it live on the net. When it was over I mentioned to my wife that nothing of any real substance was said, or added to what we all know. Why did they spend their precious time repeating themselves.
My answer to my own question was: Bibi wasn't speaking to us; he was speaking to the...
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
A couple of days ago I drove with my son-in-law towards Jerusalem to pick up my daughter – his wife, and their new daughter – our granddaughter.
During the trip in, and on our way back, my thoughts wandered – back and forth.
A new grandchild. Baruch HaShem. Thank G-d. People ask 'how many?' So now I can say, from Alef to Taf. Those who understand, understand.
It was exactly forty years ago that I came to Israel. The...
Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
Early this afternoon an article appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward. Authored, in two parts, by the paper's editor, Missy Jane Eisner, today's item features yours truly and Hebron.
A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from NY, informing me that Missy Eisner would be arriving and asked if I could give her a tour. I agreed. That's my job.
I know that The Forward is not overtly pro Judea and Samaria. I've had more than one...