Between birthdays, the Sovereignty March around the Old City Walls on Tisha Be’Av, a 3 day vacation with kids, grandkids & a great grand-kid, a beautiful wedding at Ma’arat HaMachelah & a lovely Shabbat with everyone in that family, I’ve missed send you news. Here comes some:
THE TISHA BE’AV SOVEREIGNTY MARCH. RUMOR CONFIRMED THAT JONATHAN POLLARD WILL BE PAROLED (not same as released – see below). IRAN, THE EVER-LASTING EXISTENTIAL THREAT.
BTW: I attended the BESA Conference on the 10th ‘Anniversary’ of the Evacuation & Destruction at Gush Katif. Twelve excellent speakers. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ya’acov Amidror spoke very authoritatively. The Conference was in Hebrew with instant (very expert) English translations. At one point Amidror made mention of “…giving the Arabs ‘Sovereignty’ in the Gaza Strip.” I was up for the first question: “Sir, did you mean to give Hamas ‘Sovereignty’ in the Gaza Strip?” He answered thunderously: “No, I said ‘Citizenship’.” [Gail Sez: “That could also be questioned. Why??”]
On the Tisha Be’av March around the Old City walls during the speeches at the Lion’s Gate (where the IDF entered in June 1967 to liberate Jerusalem), Nadia Matar was asked: “What 3 things should the Israeli government do now?” She answered like a... Read More→
“I returned to Zion & settled inside of Jerusalem, City of Truth” Zachariah 8 is written on the top of Women-for-Israel’s Tomorrow: Women-In-Green flyer for our 21st Tisha Be’Av Eve March of Sovereignty around Jerusalem’s Old City Walls – on Moetzaei Shabbat July 25, 2015. Eicha reading at 9:30/March at 10:30 pm. I don’t remember my first March but, I’ve done it ever since. Please come & join us – seems like 10,000 Jews are walking together around our Eternal Capital in Jerusalem.
Have a wonderful night, great day, inspiring Shabbat & join us Saturday night in Jerusalem!
All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom
The waning afternoon of the Tisha Be’Av fast. We had a wonderful Shabbat in the Rova, the Jewish Quarter of the Eternal Jewish Capital of Jerusalem. Last night with my grand-daughter, we heard chanted the mournful “Eicha, Alas, Jerusalem sits desolate…”, on the lawn of Gan Hatzmaut, Independence Park. Then we marched with huge Israeli flags around the beautiful Old City walls with some 5,000 or many more wonderful Jews (& some devoted Christian Zionists) of all ages. We were warmly guarded by Israeli soldiers & police. Why is that necessary? Because we are not yet fully free in our own Jewish Capital, Jerusalem. But, they watched over us like mothers.
This annual Tisha Be’Av March was the 21st organized by the Women-in-Green, begun by Ruth & Michal Matar in 1994, now carried forward by their daughter-in-law Nadia Matar & Yehudit Katsover. Women-In-Green was created by Ruth after Shimon Peres told her to “Go back where you came from Madam” when Ruth had asked a question – in Hebrew – about Jerusalem. Apparently, Peres was ‘offended’ by the New York accent in her Hebrew…or perhaps, he didn’t know that Ruth had been rescued from the Holocaust at age 4. Her New York accent in Hebrew was at least as good (if not... Read More→
This is “Honor Gush Katif” week/month/year/decade. For whatever reason it seemed necessary to cause so much destruction of Jews by Jews – of 1800 families, homes, businesses, agricultural innovations, schools, synagogues & cemeteries – the people & place must be honored.
This striking photo is of Manny, z’l, & my very good friend, Col. (res.) Moshe Leshem, while he’s standing on top of the Kfar Darom Synagogue all day long, waving a huge Israeli flag, during the horrific day of Destruction. My family & I saw this ‘shanda’ [Yiddush for ‘shame’] at home in Israel on television. We heard the news reporter of Fox News say that: “The boys were pouring acid down on the soldiers.” And “We don’t know who that man is with the huge Israeli flag”. We got the phone number in New York City, got through, & corrected Fox that: “The boys were pouring olive oil from huge 10 liter rectangular cans down, to make the climb up to capture them too slippery…And, that the man with the huge Israeli flag was Col. (res.) Moshe Leshem who was actually protecting the boys & the soldiers below from either side getting hurt.” Fox changed their story!
“It’s not a deterrent, if it’s not on the table.” Gail Sez!
Tonight is Rosh Hodesh Av. Chodesh Tov! Have a wonderful month.
This begins the 9 days before Tisha (9) B’Av, increased days of mourning for the destruction by the Romans of The Second Temple & the city of Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av.
We also mark Tisha B’Av by an annual march around the Old City walls in a re-built Jerusalem. This is the 20th year in which the Women for Israel’s Tomorrow – the Women in Green, have organized this inspiring, restorative march. Please come.
Motsaei Shabbat July 25th we’ll hold our 21st Annual Tisha Be’Av Walk around the Old City Walls.
9:30 pm Eicha reading at Independence Park on Agron street
10:30 pm The Walk begins
Speakers at the Lion’s Gate: Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan; deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Yossef Mendelevitch; Former MK Prof. Arieh Eldad; MK Bezalel Smotrich, Habayit Hayehudi; Arieh Klein;
Route of the Walk: The New Gate, Damascus Gate, Flowers Gate. At the Lion’s Gate we will stop to hear the speakers. The Walk will end at the Dung Gate near the Kotel.
Bring family and friends, a Meguillat Eicha and a flag of Israel
Date: July 16, 2015
Parasha: Mattos-Masei / מסעי-מטות
Title: The Israeli Cocoon
Copyright Sha’i ben-Tekoa 2014
“Shalom laYehudim, Shalom laBnai Noach, Shalom laGoyim” It’s the evening of the 6th day, erev rosh khodesh Menachem Av, tav-shin-ayin-heh, Parashas Mattos-Masei, the evening of the 5th day, Thursday, 16 July 2015, webcasting from the Holy Land, again in Jewish hands after almost 2,000 years.
That fact surely contributes to the hostility to Israel, as in every generation people hate the Jews who by their fidelity to their G-d and their functionally miraculous survival as a people are evidence that He exists and that makes a lot of people angry at us.
It also seems that what is happening these days is happening for it is evidence that all those Holocaust shrines and museums – I think there are more than a hundred in the States alone – and university courses on the Holocaust have not suppressed the need of at least some goyim to salivate at the prospect of murdering us all.
It is thus no coincidence that for thousands of years Christians... Read More→
Bring out your orange clothes & hats from your closets. August 15, 2015 marks 10 years since the Gush Katif Destruction. How could our wonderful, Jewish country have a government act so stupidly? I have photos & memories of Gush Katif before, & of people whose homes & lives were trashed – literally. Some still have not made it back to a normal life. Read Moshe Saperstein’s stories. Moshe & his wonderful wife, Rachel, are true heroes of the Gush Katif destruction. They’re in our Website – still under the Jerusalem Book category. Hope to give him a category of his own soon.
More news leading up to the ‘oft-promised’ gift to Iran of world agreement. Hope against hope it fails. [IT DIDN’T. 6 WORLD NATIONS VOTED FOR IT YESTERDAY.]
Hope Congress can stop it if it comes. Hope & pray the Moshiach comes!
Have a wonderful night, a great day. Tomorrow is Rosh Hodesh Av & the start of the 9 days before Tisha B’Av. All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom
“Shalom laYehudim, Shalom laBnai Noach, Shalom laGoyim”. It’s the evening of the 4th day, “kafkhes beTammuz, tav-shin-ayin-heh”, Parashas Mattos-Masei, the evening of the 3rd day, Tuesday, 14 July 2015, webcasting from the center of civilization marked for destruction by the barbarians of Islam.
With the news today being that the barbarians are winning, I envy historians of the future who will try to understand this generation. I hope some note the coincidence of the recent astonishing decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to ordain men marrying men and women marrying women, and the decision in Vienna today to supply Iran with nuclear weapons the day after the regime presided over massive rallies where the faithful shrieked “Death to America!” and burnt the American flag and Iranian national leaders proudly declared their continuing war of destruction... Read More→
So, It has begun. The Day After Negotiations & Signatures.
Now it’s in the powerful hands of the U.S. Congress, the Israelis & the American people to use the 60 days to discombobulate this suicidal agreement. Let’s learn the issues & talking points to write, speak, rally. And then do it again tomorrow & next week.
Meanwhile, have a good night, a great day. All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom