19 Tammuz 5768
22 July 2008 11:52pm
1. Today, Eyewitness Report of 2nd bulldozer Jerusalem Terror Attack by Shmuel Sackett
2. Abbas Congratulates Family of the Murderer of Jews
3. Religion is Rational. Obadia Shoher Nothing but religion provides a sustainable answer.
4. Light a Yahrzeit Candle for GUSH KATIF -
5. Globes: Disengagement Was 'Recipe for Chaos' INN
6. Anita Tucker's Message - Netzer Chazani - Be a Partner in Rebuilding the Land and the Spirit!
7. Spirit of Calev Ben Yefuneh and Yehoshua Ben Nun alive and well in Brooklyn, NY. Outreach to Chareidi Community.
1. Eyewitness Report of 2nd bulldozer Jerusalem Terror Attack by Shmuel Sackett July 22, 2008...
by Shmuel Sackett
Co-founder and International Director
The following is an eyewitness report by Shmuel Sackett, International Director of Manhigut Yehudit, of today's terror attack in Jerusalem.
Today at 1:57 pm, I parked my car about 200 feet from theKing David Hotel. I got out of the car, as did my wife, Rhonda and Manhigut Yehudit President Moshe Feiglin. We were headed to a lunch meeting with Ben Landa, Manhigut Chairman of the Board, who had arrived a few hours earlier and was staying in the King David. We started walking when – about 10 FEET IN FRONT OF US (no exaggeration) we saw a large bulldozer drop his huge bucket in an attempt to crush a woman crossing the street. Baruch Hashem (Thank G-d), she managed to avoid it by a few inches!
The bulldozer - now obviously to us driven by a terrorist - then raced into the middle of King David Street in an attempt to smash into a passing commuter bus. The driver quickly swerved out of the way yet the bulldozer managed to smash into the rear of the bus on the "passenger" side. The bus smashed into some guard rails but quickly turned down a side street - by the Dan Panorama Hotel - to avoid any further attacks by the bulldozer. That bus driver was an AMAZINGLY quick thinker and saved MANY lives!!
The Arab attacker – who lived in Jerusalem and had an Israeli identity card – continued driving the bulldozer down King David Street in the direction of the Inbal Hotel. I immediately started running after him at full speed – praying to Hashem that he would not injure any more Jews and that I would have the merit to personally kill him. He smashed into a parked car on the left - Baruch Hashem it was empty - then into two cars in front of him. In the first of those two cars he pinned a man inside, although he was just mildly injured. The second car he managed to completely flip over and seriously injure a man. I kept running towards the bulldozer.
When I was about 20 feet away, a civilian came from the left. He started shooting into the cabin of the bulldozer. Then, from the right hand side, a Border Policeman shot about 7 bullets from his M-16. The bulldozer came to a stop and the terror was over.
I immediately ran back to the man that was seriously injured and saw that the lower part of his leg was severed. I called Dovid Shirel, who was in the King David Hotel already having lunch with Ben. Dovid is Manhigut Yehudit's Educational Director and also a highly experienced paramedic. He came flying out of the hotel and was the first paramedic on the scene. He administered IV to the man and helped him until the ambulances arrived.
When I turned around I saw Moshe helping the injured man as well. Moshe spoke to him, found out his name and also that he was an attorney. Dovid told Moshe to keep talking to him since that would help keep him calm. I saw many people crying and screaming and tried the best I could to help relax my fellow Jews. It wasn't easy.
Within minutes, police arrived as did the Israeli SWAT team. Helicopters flew overhead, police on horses charged in, ambulances and ZAKA motor-scooters sped in and the media set up shop to start their reporting. Things happened faster than I would have believed.
We immediately sent a "beeper alert" to the media that Moshe Feiglin was an eyewitness to the terror attack - of the Jerusalem Arab with an Israeli identity card - and his cellphone started ringing. Moshe gave live reports on the radio and TV in both Hebrew and English.
People asked if anyone was killed and when we answered "no" – they immediately said "Baruch Hashem" and put on a happy face. While it is true that we must thank Hashem for the fact that there were no fatalities, we must NEVER FORGET the injured. This young attorney may lose his leg. Even if doctors manage to re-attach it – his life is changed FOREVER!!!
And what about the trauma? What about the people that went into shock? What about the fear? What about the tears?
I do not know the Hebrew name of this attorney and do not want to reveal his family name, in case his family has not yet found out about his injury. Still, please pray for him. Have a nice young Jewish man in your prayers who may never walk again, G-d forbid. Have ALL of Klal Yisrael in your prayers because… we REALLY need it!
May Hashem watch over His people and protect us from harm. Amen.
2. Abbas Congratulates Family of the Murderer of Jews. PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas congratulated the family of arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar on his imminent return to Lebanon. (What is Israel negotiating for and with whom? The removal of all terror-infested population from Jewish land is the only way toward the establishment of peace in Israel!)
Kuntar Will Kill More Jews When Freed. The mother of Dani Haran told reporters Tuesday that Samir Kuntar will kill more Jews once he is released back into Lebanon. Nina Keren, mother of one of the four Jewish victims of Kuntar's 1979 cross-border murder spree, said that she "could not stop crying" when she heard the news that her son's killer will be freed
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Many right-wing Jews, who are now deeply religious, started as
atheists. I'm not even talking of those Russian Jews who have a
typically Slavic urge for a higher idea. Zealous communists before,
they became equally zealous believers now.
Jewish patriots seek a firm ground for their ideology, thus Avraham
Stern embraced Judaism. Those who didn't, left shallow roots:
children of Herzl, Ben Gurion, Zhabotinsky are assimilated.
Humans have a natural urge to believe in something; beliefs form
societies. Pagan communists died for their deities, notably Stalin.
Ancient Roman pagans fought for money. It isn't easy to convince Jews
to fight for the sake of glorious tradition or cultural heritage.
After the wars of survival seemed over in 1973, it became very hard
to build national consensus for subsequent military operations. Jews
need a good reason to stay in Israel, a Hebrew-speaking Brooklyn,
rather than move to America. Nothing but religion provides a
Some patriots become religious because Judaism is the best, probably
the only way to confirm their beliefs and intentions. Nationalists
demand holding on to Jerusalem and Judea, but why? Judea's only
importance to us is religious. Arguments from military necessity are
labored: as the missiles' range increases, a few more miles of depth
cease to protect. Judaism is the most straightforward way to answer
the detractors: instead of writing the very dubious apologia such as
the "Case for Israel," it suffices to assert that God gave us this
land and obligated us to conquer it upon the return from Exile
In ancient times, there was a bandit named Yiphtah. A son of a Jewish
father by concubine, he fled the family house and started a highly
successful gang. At one point, Amonites issued ultimatum to his
paternal tribe of Gilead: give us back our land which Jews have
occupied and let's live in peace - otherwise, war. Exactly the
Israel's choice now. Yiphtah offered several political justifications
for holding onto the land, notably the expired statute of
limitations, but recognizing the weakness of his arguments, finally
resorted to a foolproof argument: whatever land God gave us will
remain ours. Not because we have conquered this land, but because God
gave it to us. In the logic terms, Yiphtah argued from the authority,
the ultimate authority in this case. He went to war and won it. So it
is today: whether the West Bank is liberated or occupied, Jewish
rights there are open to legal debate. If God gave Judea to Jews in
1967, the argument is closed.
Religion cements Jewish identity like nothing else. Children of the
most prominent Zionist patriots assimilated, but grandchildren of
religious Jews remain Jewish.
Perhaps a few people were convinced by the miracles which God
performed for Israel: salvation from Holocaust, escape from the
Russian holocaust in 1953, UN vote for Israel, subsequent military
victories, Arafat's refusal to accept the Barak's offer of Jerusalem,
Myself, I was more than convinced in theism by many miracles, down to
magic and witchcraft which I observed during my years of interest in
Rational minds can come to the religion by properly studying Hebrew
language. It is artificial, consciously designed rather than
naturally evolved, as we can see from its mathematically precise
grammar, the root cells, and other technical issues. Hardly a genius
linguist went out of his cave on a sunny morning four thousand years
ago and designed this wondrous language. The Hebrew they teach you in
Israeli schools is an abominable slang.
The Torah lays out an astonishingly coherent moral and political
theory (see my, The Ethics of Free Society). I've studied political
philosophy and other religions, and none of them comes close to the
Torah in coherence and subtlety. I know many editors, and Torah is
not a product of editors; its meticulous wisdom, where disparate
statements reinforce each other and never contradict, is beyond
And on the top of it, the Pasquale's wager seems reasonable: Live as
if God exists for if he doesn't you lose nothing.
©2004-2008 Obadiah Shoher
4. Light a Yahrzeit candles for Gush Katif
Dear Children of Israel,
Light a Yahrzeit candle for Gush Katif and Northern Shomron in memory of the communities, the shuls, the educational and community centers, and in memory of the the "Sacrifices of the Disengagement" on the third yahrzeit of the destruction, The 9th-11th day of Av 5768. The price of the candles are 10 New Sheqels. In Israel, the special candles can be acquired in local grocery stores, distribution networks or by distributors throughout Israel. All proceeds are Kodesh for the the museum of Gush Katif in Jerusalem and for activities for the children of Gush Katif and Sderot. With the lighting of these candles in your homes, your work place, public squares and public areas you are announcing in a loud voice "NEVER AGAIN".
We are turning to all public activists and Gabaim of synagogues to help us in distributing the candles. We are asking the youth to help with distribution. Please call 08-858-4353 or contact
HaMateh LeHatzalas HaAm VeHaaretz.
Publication: Eretz Yisroel Shalanu
P.O.B. 1025 Kiryat Malachi
5. Globes: Disengagement Was 'Recipe for Chaos' INN
(IsraelNN.com) Nearly 1,700 families expelled from northern Gaza and Gush Katif three summers ago still are without permanent homes as a result of the Disengagement program, which the Globes business newspaper called a "recipe for chaos." Its in-depth study shows that 80 percent of the expulsion victims are without permanent housing solutions despite optimistic promises by the Olmert administration.
Construction of new homes has begun at only two sites, with other sites only having reached the stage of allotting plots of land and others not even at that stage.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 18 months ago proudly pronounced that 4,600 housing units would be built in Lachish, including 400 for former Gush Katif residents. However, the area remains as barren as it was when Prime Minister Olmert spoke, Globes reported.
6. MESSAGE FROM ANITA TUCKER sent to Izzy Kaplan
Flatbush and Boro Park are known for the abundance of lectures during the 3 Weeks bein Hametzarim between Shiva Asar BaTammuz and Tisha Baav. Hundreds of attendees can be found at each of these inspiring events which are either live lectures or video presentations. The following and similar material is being distributed at such gatherings to the men and to the women that attend asking them to call the Establishment Jewish Organizations to speak out for Judea and Samaria so that another Gush Katif never happens again!
The following is a sample of the literature that has been distributed to a Chareidi crowd in Brooklyn, NY. Please feel free to copy and distribute yourself.
Aloh Naaleh Veyarashnu Osah Ki Yachol Nuchal La!
We are individuals that have taken the cry of Calev ben Yefuneh and Yehoshua Ben Nun.
We hear your question "But what can we do other that Daven and say Tehillim? Aren't we powerless especially living here in America?"
Yehoshua and Calev said: THE LAND IS VERY VERY GOOD! IF HASHEM DESIRES US, HE WILL BRING US TO THIS LAND AND GIVE IT TO US. A LAND THAT FLOWS WITH MILK AND HONEY. BUT DO NOT REBEL AGAINST HASHEM! YOU SHOULD NOT FEAR THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND...HASHEM SAID TO MOSHE, "HOW LONG WILL THIS PEOPLE PROVOKE ME, AND HOW LONG WILL THEY NOT HAVE FAITH IN ME, DESPITE ALL THE SIGNS THAT I HAVE PERFORMED IN THEIR MIDST?....Parshas Shlach Bamidbar Perek 14.
Our generation is given the opportunity to be metaken the chait Hamiraglim to fix the sin of the spies by proclaiming our desire and love and yearning for Eretz Yisroel. We call upon you, a member of Knesset Yisroel to take the side of Calev and Yehoshua. We ask you to speak out strongly to our very own spiritual and religious leaders whose silent voices are echoed by the Jewish Establishment. Insist that we stand up to our enemies and protest those that wish to rob and steal our Land and destroy us. We must protest any American Foreign Policy or Israeli Policy that promotes "Land for Peace"a process which negates our Torah and the releasing of terrorists which endangers the lives of the residents. .
Agudath Yisroel of America, the OU, the Young Israel, and Lubavitch Headquarters need to hear our voices cry out for Eretz Yisroel! G-d forbid that we allow Miraglim in our generation. Chas Vechalila that here in Chutz Laaretz our inaction and indifference for the precious gift of Eretz Yisroel is the CAUSE of the pain and suffering of our brothers in Yehuda and the Shomron. Insist as a member of the Jewish community that their Washington offices proclaim publicly and with strength, the first Rashi of Breishit: The entire Land belongs to G-d and G-d chooses to whom to give the Land.
Let us be worthy so that Hashem will desire us. Let us speak proudly for our entitlement of Judea and Samaria. Only then will we be worthy of Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh.. Isn't it true that the Temple Service in Yerushalayim can not begin without Chevron? Are our prayers relevant or merely lip service? How can we speak out for a United Jerusalem and leave out Chevron? How can we abandon our brothers in Judea and Samaria by allowing the Roadmap? Do we want Hashem to say "Who asked of you to trample on my courtyard?" Calev silenced the people toward Moshe Rabeinu and said, "We shall surely ascend and conquer it, for we can surely do it!" Let us not be an assembly that will pelt the Calev's and Yehoshuas of our time with stone. ::
Thank you in advance for acting and for not standing idly by the blood of your brothers.
Contact information for the Established Orthodox Jewish Organizations and the White House:
* Agudath Yisroel of America
42 Broadway Suite 1400 New York, NY 10004
Fax: (212) 254-1600
* The Council of Young Israel Rabbis USA: - CYIR,
111 John Street, Suite 450, New York, New York 10038
* The Orthodox Union
New York, NY 10004
Tel:: (212) 563-4000 ♦ Fax: (212) 564-9058
* Chabad Headquarters
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Tel: 718 774.4000 / fax 718 774.2718
FAX: (202) 456-2461
PHONE: (leave a message for the President) (202) 456-1414