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From Mon Jan 1 17:22:19 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 23824 invoked from network); 1 Jan 2001 22:22:16 -0000 Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; 1 Jan 2001 22:22:16 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.8c.921cb8 (3975) for ; Mon, 1 Jan 2001 17:19:43 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 17:19:42 EST Subject: CJC-Amcha solidarity Visit Underway To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************** Despite snowstorms which closed New York area airports, a delegation of sixteen people accompanying CJC-Amcha national president Rabbi Avi Weiss arrived in Israel yesterday evening. >From the airport the group proceeded directly to the Kotel, followed by a meal at the unique Between The Arches Restaurant in the Old City. Today the itinerary included an extensive tour of Jewish communities in Hebron; a look at the historic Jewish cemetery in the city; a visit to the Avraham Avinu synagogue and a look at its 700 year old sefer Torah; tfilla at the Cave of the Patriarchs and a moving encounter with Chaim Didovsky, husband of murdered teacher Rina Didovsky. For Didovsky, left to raise his 6 children alone, it was the first time he had spoken publicly about his wife's murder three weeks ago. He described how his family sat down to the Friday night meal on the day of Rina's funeral. "We ate the food she herself had prepared that morning," Chaim told the group. Their 18 month old son has just started to walk, "but his mother will never see him...." Kiryat Arba educational institutions were next on the list--Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Nir hosted the Amcha group . A quick visit to the Ulpana (Girl's High School) where 500 young women are living and learning gave the group an opportunity to meet the next generation of committed Jews. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and his wife Vicki escorted the group to Givat Dagan, a proposed new Efrat neighborhood bordering Bethlehem. As the sun set over the stark beauty of the Judean Hills, Rabbi Riskin enthusiastically pointed out the spot where new families would shortly be joining the Efrat community. Walking past the pre-fab buildings of the yeshiva, Rabbi Riskin showed us the concrete slabs placed by the IDF to protect the hill from the regular Arab shooting attacks. A chance encounter with a lone IDF tank officer stationed on the hill soon turned into a Jewish geography session. The young man , from a prominent Brooklyn family, is completing the second year of his army service. He made aliya while his parents remain in New York. During the course of the day, the group delivered toys to the children of needy Hebron families and Rabbi Weiss presented Chaim Didovsky with a significant contribution to the Didovsky Fund which will help support the six Didovsky children. FROM TODAY'S HEBRON COMMUNITY WEBSITE: Visitors in Hebron In spite of the continuing violence, visitors are still touring Hebron. This morning a group of 16 Americans, led by New York Rabbi Avi Weiss and Judy Balint arrived in Hebron. They enjoyed a full tour of the city with Hebron resident Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, including Tel Rumeida, Beit Hadassah, the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, and of course, Ma'arat HaMachpela. All had a wonderful day! Shooting again starts in Hebron All afternoon shots fired by Arabs could be heard throughout the Jewish neighborhoods. IDF reaction was minimal. This morning an Arab, breaking the curfew, was ordered to halt by Israeli soldiers in the market outside the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. Rather than stop, he started running at the soldiers. One soldier shot the Arab in the leg. He was taken to Hadassah hospital in Jersualem. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Tue Jan 2 18:39:52 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 17092 invoked from network); 2 Jan 2001 23:39:51 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 2 Jan 2001 23:39:51 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.83.507804c (4334) for ; Tue, 2 Jan 2001 18:36:46 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 18:36:46 EST Subject: Terrorism: The Zionist response To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************* Today members of the CJC-Amcha solidarity visit to Israel learned about the Zionist response to terrorism. In a day which began with a visit to sandbagged Jewish homes in Psagot and a peek into the underground nerve center of the regional security service at the village bordering Ramallah, the U.S visitors witnessed the first full day of operations at an outpost set up overlooking the spot where Binyamin and Talia Kahane were murdered last Sunday. Two large blue and white tents and a look-out tower topped by a large Israeli flag have been set up by residents of nearby Ofra as a response to the tragedy which left six young children as orphans. Today the site was buzzing with activity. A class of girls from the Ofra girls high school were perched on plastic chairs on the rocky ground listening to a lesson from their teacher. Further up the hill the cameras rolled as Ofra's rabbi, Avi Grisser was interviewed by Israel's government TV channel. A bulldozer leveling more of the hill provided an interesting backdrop for the crew. Likud MK Uzi Landau was there to lend support to the dozen or so young men in knitted kippot who busied themselves around the site. The arrival of our group of twenty people caused quite a stir. Two British newspaper reporters materialized out of nowhere to interview Rabbi Weiss. Site organizers were thrilled to receive moral support and both Rav Grisser and MK Landau addressed the group, explaining that their efforts are intended to help safeguard the road for traveling residents of the nearby Jewish communities. Both leaders called the cuurent campaign a battle for Israel's soul. "The present government has given up on every principle we raised our kids on," said MK Landau, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee. "Barak has no government, no support yet he forces his policies on the people," Landau continued. "We're being pushed into ghettos in our own country," he declared before leaving to join hundreds of local residents in a march to Jerusalem. Across the road we could see clearly the Arab village of Ein Yabroud from where the gunfire which killed the Kahanes originated. In the courtyard of a four story mansion, dozens of young Arabs gathered to protest the IDF bulldozers which were knocking down a concrete wall in the field bordering the road. This rather pathetic action was intended to send a message to the murderers. As we scrambled back down the hill toward our waiting armored bus, we passed Alex and Yudit Gross bearing trays of cookies and cartons of soda for the new settlers. The Gross's have something in common with the Kahane family. Their 18 year old son Aharon was gunned down in Hebron in 1983. We traveled on towards Shilo, a beautiful mountain top community of 200 families, and home of our guide Era Rapaport. Mark Provisor, the security chief of the village tells us his job is made more difficult because the IDF, on orders from the government, "isn't taking enough action." We share lunch with the lively students of the girl's high school in Maale Lev ona. One of their teachers, Sara Leisha was another recent victim of the renewed Arab violence. She was gunned down as she was driving to Jerusalem with the school's executive director. Before the girls go off for their afternoon classes, Rabbi Weiss pulls out his guitar and begins to sing a song with the chorus: Kulanu k'echad b'or panecha..."All of us, as one in the light of Your presence." The girls jump up to dance right in front of the memorial corner they've created for their fallen teacher. Sara Leisha's picture smiles out from behind the glass case emblazoned with verses from the Eishet Chayil poem. Next stop is Eilon Moreh just outside PA occupied Shechem. We're here to leave a contribution for the widow and six children of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman. Rabbi Lieberman was murdered on the day the Arabs destroyed Jospeh's Tomb. His father is a well known congregational rabbi in Brooklyn. Yael Lieberman, a short, olive complexioned young woman gets onto the bus with one of her small children to thank us for coming. She brings with her a condolence letter written by Binyamin Kahane after Hillel's murder. Kahane speaks of turning bitter experiences into sweet ones, and hope in the imminent arrival of the Mashiach. Eilon Moreh is home to several thriving educational institutions as well as a high tech zone and a field school. The single family homes are spaced out on the hills and kids ride about freely on bikes and scooters. The views into Shechem over the ancient hills of Samaria are spectacular. Traveling back to Jerusalem in the waning light of a wintry late afternoon, the group falls silent as our bus driver mumbles to himself as he whips along the deserted roads, flying though the Arab villages along the way. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Thu Jan 4 15:43:12 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 13545 invoked from network); 4 Jan 2001 20:43:11 -0000 Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; 4 Jan 2001 20:43:11 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id (4210) for ; Thu, 4 Jan 2001 15:42:12 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 15:42:12 EST Subject: Shabbat Forshpeis To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN SHABBAT FORSHPEIS A TASTE OF TORAH IN HONOR OF SHABBAT from Rabbi Avi Weiss PARSHAT VAYIGASH YEHUDAH: A FITTING MODEL OF RECONCILIATION JANUARY 5-6, 2001 / 11 TEVET 5761 Our portion opens with Yehudah (Judah) standing before Yosef (Joseph). =20 Through Yehudah's plea, the entire family of Ya'akov (Jacob) is kept intact.= =20 It is fitting that it is Yehudah, among all of the brothers, who is=20 responsible for this large family reunion because he succeeded in bringing=20 his smaller nuclear family together again. Yehudah, earlier in the book of Genesis, is blessed with twins--born from=20 Tamar. His twins fundamentally differ from the other set found in Genesis. >From the womb possibly the most famous set of twins, Ya'akov and Esav (Esau)= =20 struggle. Rivkah (Rebecca), their mother, is in fact told that their=20 struggle is indicative of an ongoing battle they would be engaged in=20 throughout their lives. In fact the words used in this prophecy, verav=20 ya-avod tzair (Genesis 25:23) can either mean the older one (rav) will serve= =20 the younger one or that the younger one will be in great (rav) service of th= e=20 older one. This difference reflects their endless battles, not only in thei= r=20 lives, but throughout their nations histories. When Yehuda's twins, Zerach and Peretz, are born to him and Tamar the pictur= e=20 differs. Zerach puts his hand out first. The midwife ties a scarlet string= =20 (shani) on his hand to indicate he was first. (Genesis 38:28) But the=20 emergence of the hand does not constitute being born first. Rabbi David=20 Silber beautifully points out that the word shani spelled with a shin, nun=20 and yud can also be revocalized as sheni, meaning second. In other words=20 through the midwife's action it becomes clearer that Zerach would be second;= =20 the eldest would be Peretz who would at the last moment spring forward from=20 his mother's womb first. For the first time in Genesis, all children in the= =20 family find their true place. This is in marked contrast to what had transpired until now. Of Adam, only=20 Shet survives as Noah comes from him. From the children of Noah, Shem is=20 selected, as Avraham (Abraham) is his descendant. It is Yitzchak (Isaac),=20 not Yishmael, and it is Ya'akov, not Esav who are chosen as patriarchs. =20 Yehudah's case was the first in which neither of his children was cast aside= .=20 Both count. Conflicts within the family were resolved. =20 Rabbi Silber argues that Yehudah therefore knows the importance of bringing=20 the entire family of Ya'akov together having done so with his inner family. This in fact is the flow of Genesis. It moves from family fragmentation to=20 family reconciliation. Only after Ya'akov embraces all of his children can=20 the nation of Israel be born. The model of our nation is family and the=20 cornerstone of family is that everyone counts, everyone can make a=20 contribution. As I travel with a wonderful group through Israel this week to express=20 solidarity with our brothers and sisters especially those in beleaguered=20 areas, I have been struck by the dissention, the fragmentation that permeate= s=20 all of Israel. In these times of great stress in the State of Israel, each=20 of us, along with all of Am Yisrael, needs to desperately heed Yehudah's=20 message of unity, togetherness and respect=E2=80=A6.the true message of fami= ly. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Fri Jan 5 00:21:48 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 2805 invoked from network); 5 Jan 2001 05:21:48 -0000 Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; 5 Jan 2001 05:21:48 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.94.e54c23d (3967) for ; Fri, 5 Jan 2001 00:19:55 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 00:19:54 EST Subject: Better than nothing, but... To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************* Where's the Madison Square Garden mass rally?? Jerusalem has never been in such imminent danger in recent years, yet all New York jewry can muster is a rally at KJ? Why are there only orthodox organizations behind this event? Conservative, reform, unaffiliated and reconstuctionist Jews care about Jerusalem too--where's the mass unity event on behalf of the Holy City? Please try to attend anyway, but ask why they set their sights so low...and offer to help organize something more impressive and appropriate for the times in which we find ourselves. **************************************** >SOLIDARITY GATHERING FOR THE UNITY OF JERUSALEM - NYC 8 January 2001 >DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 8 >TIME: 11:30AM >PLACE: CONGREGATION KEHILATH JESHURUN >125 EAST 85TH STREET, BETWEEN PARK AND >LEXINGTON AVENUES > >CO-SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: >AMIT >EMUNAH >NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YOUNG ISRAEL >POALEI AGUDATH ISRAEL >RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF AMERICA >RELIGIOUS ZIONISTS OF AMERICA >UNION OF ORTHODOX JEWISH CONGREGATIONS OF AMERICA >FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: (212) 613-8123 ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Sun Jan 7 17:01:46 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 13061 invoked from network); 7 Jan 2001 22:01:46 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 7 Jan 2001 22:01:46 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id (3965) for ; Sun, 7 Jan 2001 16:59:38 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 16:59:38 EST Subject: Yerushalayim B'sakana To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************** The CJC-Amcha solidarity visit continued today with a focus on Jerusalem. Traveling a brief 10 minutes from the center of the city, we arrive at the Gilo junction to transfer from our mini-bus to an armored shuttle bus which would take us the last 2 minutes across the checkpoint into PA controlled Bethlehem. Dozens of Arabs walk past us as we wait in the slow drizzle for the 9a.m. bus to arrive. They don't need bullet-proof vehicles to go back and forth from Bethlehem. Waiting for the bus we had a clear view of the construction at Har Homa, Jerusalem's newest eastern Jerusalem neighborhood just across the valley. A platoon of soldiers passes by in an armored personnel carrier that looked like it could withstand a nuclear blast. At the kever, we're told to alight from the bus only by the front door which lets out directly into the fortified structure built around the site a couple of years ago. We spend half an hour davening before taking the same bus back to the junction after it disgorges another load of passengers. We pass the Kever Rachel protest tent at the entrance to the tunnel roads. The place is manned 24 hours a day by a group of determined women from Hebron, Jerusalem and Efrat who have pledged not to leave until free access to Kever Rachel is restored. A short tour of Gilo's concrete fortifications before we meet Uri Bank on Rechov Ha'anafa, the street facing the Beit Jala shooting gallery. Uri is a leader of the Gilo Residents Council who has lived in the neighborhood for 19 years. It's been quiet so we don't even bother to stand behind the concrete barricades designed to protect against the snipers from across the valley. Uri explains the consternation of Gilo residents and the affect the shellings have had on people's lives. Since Christmas the area has been relatively quiet, but there's nothing to prevent a renewed flare up across the picturesque valley. We look up at the sandbagged windows facing Beit Jala as Uri points out that only miracles can explain how no more than two Israelis have been seriously injured in the violence. Leaving Gilo we take a five minute ride to the Tayelet, or Haas Promenade in Talpiot, a place of unparalleled views over the Old City and eastern Jerusalem. From here it is easy to see the prominent newly constructed building in Abu Dis which Arafat has designated for his capital. Abu Dis backs directly onto the Mt of Olives cemetery which faces Har Habayit, the Temple Mount--under the Clinton/Barak chopping block. It's amazing to see that the entire eastern part of the city--the very places which have the most historic, spiritual and religious significance for Jews-- has been largely undeveloped by every israeli government since 1967. Only in the past few years have small areas of private Jewish development been initiated in an attempt to establish a Jewish foothold there. Our next stop is the old/new Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood in the area commonly known as Sheikh Jarrah, just north of the Old City, to the east of Meah Shearim. Here, students from Yeshivat Beit Orot under the leadership of MK Rav Benny Elon have worked quietly to revitalize an area which was established as a Jewish neighborhood in the late 1890s. Jews lived there until the Arab riots of the 1920s and 30s forced them out. Arab squatters had taken over the neighborhood, but a synagogue remained on the hill above the tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik. In 1998 Rav Benny and his students renovated the synagogue and started purchasing the protected tenancy rights of the Arab tenants. Today the shul is used as a full time kolel (center for advanced Jewish learning) and 12 apartments surrounding the shul are home to young Jewish couples. The area has been cleaned up and landscaped, the stairs restored leading up to Mt Scopus Road where the memorial to the Hadassah Convoy stands. Passing through the Mt Scopus campus of the Hebrew University we arrive at Yeshivat Beit Orot, the only living Jewish presence on the Mt of Olives. The yeshiva was founded 10 years ago by Rav Benny Elon and Hanan Porat and now educates 100 students who serve in the IDF along with their yeshiva studies. Chaim Silberstein, Beit Orot executive director, gives us a detailed rundown of the security situation on the Mt of Olives as well as an extensive overview of how Clinton's proposal will endanger Jewish Jerusalem. We spend the afternoon on an intensive tour of the ancient City of David, just outside the southern walls of the Old City. Rabbi David Marcus, the energetic and knowledgable development director leads us through every facet of the remarkable area where Jerusalem was founded. The latest discoveries at Beit HaMayan in the Kidron Valley take our breath away, as layers of Jewish history unfold before our eyes. In the evening we meet the parents of Binny Avraham, one of three Israeli soldiers kidnapped on the Lebanes border in October. The Avrahams are accompanied by Michael Landsberg, secretary general of the World Labour Zionist Movement, who is volunteering to help the family. Michael and the Avrahams describe their frustration at the Israeli government's lack of information regarding the missing soldiers. Chaim Avraham, a small, balding man with sad eyes sagging behind his glasses, explains quietly that Binny was named after his brother Benjamin who was killed in the Yom Kippur War. "That's how life is here," he says with a shrug. We brainstorm ideas on how communities in the States can help, and the Avrahams leave us with T shirts, blue lapel ribbons and postcards. Rabbi Weiss, who has been active in the campaign for the "older" Israeli MIAs (Ron Arad, Zach Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Tzvi Feldman) lends his advice and hands the Avrahams a substantial check to help in their campaign. Tomorrow it's on to the Gush Katif communities south of Gaza. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Mon Jan 8 00:20:22 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 8787 invoked from network); 8 Jan 2001 05:20:21 -0000 Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; 8 Jan 2001 05:20:21 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.74.6a716a0 (3970) for ; Mon, 8 Jan 2001 00:18:35 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 00:18:35 EST Subject: Israei Democracy? To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN Ha'aretz=20 Monday, January 8, 2001=20 Cabinet approves new bill in fight against incitement=20 By Dalia Shehori Ha'aretz Correspondent The cabinet unanimously approved an amendment to the penal code yesterday=20 making it easier to indict individuals for incitement to violence. The bill is to be submitted to the Knesset today, and will be brought for it= s=20 first reading at tomorrow's special plenary session. The amendment was sparked by the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the case o= f=20 Muhammed Jabarin. In this verdict, the court held that article 4(a) of the=20 Counterterrorism Ordinance - which forbids the publication of words of prais= e=20 or encouragement for violence - applies only to publications by terrorist=20 organizations and not to publications by individuals. Talia Ish-Shalom, an=20 aide to Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein, told the cabinet that as a=20 result of the court ruling, it would no longer be possible to indict someone= =20 for saying, for instance, that the assassination of former prime minister=20 Yitzhak Rabin was a good thing, unless he was speaking on behalf of a=20 terrorist organization. The amendment is meant to eliminate this loophole. The amendment delineates two types of incitement: explicit, defined as=20 publishing "a call to violence," and implicit, defined as "words, including=20 words of praise, sympathy or encouragement, that could incite acts of=20 violence." The bill applies to incitement to violence against either people=20 or property, and establishes a maximum penalty of five years in jail. It als= o=20 stipulates that a publication could be considered incitement even if no=20 actual violence results, and instructs the courts to determine whether a=20 given statement constitutes incitement based on its content and the=20 circumstances under which it was published. The bill also states that all moves to indict on charges of incitement will=20 require the consent of the attorney general, in order to minimize any=20 infringement of the freedom of speech. =20 Rubinstein told the cabinet that his office, the police and the Shin Bet=20 security service are all monitoring public discourse carefully for possible=20 incitement. In answer to a question from Prime Minister Ehud Barak, however,= =20 he said he has no legal authority to send warning letters to public figures=20 whose statements might have constituted incitement. Labor wants Women in Green banned Meanwhile, the Labor Party has asked the registrar of cooperative=20 associations, Amiram Bogat, to order the dissolution of the right-wing=20 nonprofit organization Women in Green, claiming that its activities=20 constitute sedition, and incitement against Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The=20 party has also submitted a complaint to the police against the organization. The party's complaints are based on stickers distributed by Women in Green=20 bearing slogans such as "Barak is tearing out our heart." The party also=20 charged that the Women in Green's Internet site contains such statements as:= =20 Barak "has no place of honor in the glorious history of the state or its=20 values and beliefs."=20 =A9 2000 Ha'aretz. All Rights Reserved ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Mon Jan 8 15:44:40 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 14435 invoked from network); 8 Jan 2001 20:44:40 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 8 Jan 2001 20:44:40 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v29.3.) id q.37.f197d1a (3968) for ; Mon, 8 Jan 2001 15:41:31 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 15:41:30 EST Subject: CJC-AMCHA on the Radio To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************** Listen to an in depth interview with CJC-Amcha president Rabbi Avi Weiss on (or The same station is carrying on the spot reports by CJC-Amcha Israel representative Judy Balint from tonight's mass rally for Jerusalem. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Tue Jan 9 03:56:46 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 20020 invoked from network); 9 Jan 2001 08:56:45 -0000 Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; 9 Jan 2001 08:56:45 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.95.54440c4 (6963) for ; Tue, 9 Jan 2001 03:50:03 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 03:50:02 EST Subject: Jerusalem rally To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN The Invincible Jerusalem by Judy Lash Balint January 8, 2001--The people of Israel didn=E2=80=99t let Jerusalem down toni= ght. =20 They turned out in the hundreds of thousands to pledge their allegiance to=20 the Holy city as the undivided capital of Israel. In a hastily planned event initiated by Natan Sharansky, Jews from all over=20 Israel and many countries in the Diaspora poured into the area just outside=20 the walls of the Old City tonight to demonstrate their opposition to any mov= e=20 to redivide Jerusalem. The Barak administration did its utmost to sabotage the event by sending out= =20 word through various emissaries that the rally was political, anti-governmen= t=20 and thus should not be supported by Jewish communities abroad. Today, the=20 police issued dire statements warning of severe retribution against=20 troublemakers at the rally--another attempt to keep people away by implying=20 violence would erupt. In fact, the crowd is extraordinarily subdued and=20 there=E2=80=99s not a political sign to be seen. There are no pro-Sharon si= gns, nor=20 anti-Barak placards. The banners are all focused on protecting Jerusalem. =E2=80=9CJerusalem is Not Belfast, Berlin or Beirut.=E2=80=9D =E2=80=9CThe T= emple Mount is Ours,=E2=80=9D=20 read the slogans displayed on huge banners hanging on the sides of the road=20 right in front of Jaffa Gate and on up to Kikar Safra. The walls of the cit= y=20 are lit up and every yard another person stands holding an Israeli flag, as= =20 if to protect the ancient stones with their bodies. At the appointed hour,=20 the MC asks everyone to move away from the walls and into the streets and th= e=20 crowds swell as hundreds of buses disgorge their passengers from all over th= e=20 country. The entire area from Zion Gate past Jaffa Gate to New Gate, down=20 Jaffa Road to Kikar Zion and on up to King George Street is jammed with=20 people.=20 It=E2=80=99s impossible to accurately estimate the crowd, but the MC annouce= s that=20 400,000 are present, although the media counts =E2=80=9Conly=E2=80=9D 300,00= 0. Unlike the=20 usual mass demonstrations in Tel Aviv=E2=80=99s Kikar Rabin, there are no he= licopters=20 or traffic planes flying overhead to gauge the size of the assembly, but=20 there=E2=80=99s no question that this is a huge turn out. There are more black hats in evidence than at regular demonstrations, and th= e=20 crowd is overhwhelmingly religious--but that just reflects the make up of=20 Jerusalem. You can sense the resolve in people=E2=80=99s faces, and the ser= iousness=20 of the situation is reflected in the sombre mood of those gathered. While people continue to pour into the area, the Pirchei Yerushalayim Boy= =E2=80=99s=20 Choir entertains with songs celebrating Jerusalem, ending with the anthem=20 =E2=80=9CShalom al Yisrael.=E2=80=9D Huge torches are lit atop the gates of= the city, and=20 the almost full moon adds its light to the cool evening. The proceedings are= =20 projected onto the walls of the city itself as subtle colored lighting=20 illuminates the beautiful setting. With the exception of Mayor Ehud Olmert, there are no political speakers. =20 Former Supreme Court chief justice Moshe Landau; Rabbi Eli Sadan, head of=20 the pre-army training program at Eli; Avital Sharansky and Ronald Lauder,=20 chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations= =20 are the main speakers. Israelis from all walks of life give short=20 presentations explaining their attachment to the city--the English speaking=20 community is represented by author Naomi Ragen and Hindy Barfish, a more=20 recent immigrant from New Jersey active in AMIT Women. Each presenter ends=20 with the words: =E2=80=9CIm eshkechaych Yerushalayim...=E2=80=9D (If I forge= t You O=20 Jerusalem...) Olmert makes a point of addressing US President Bill Clinton in Hebrew and=20 English. After voicing his appreciation for his eight years of friendship t= o=20 Israel and the Jewish people ( a statement that is roundly booed by those=20 standing around me) Olmert declares that it would be a shame if Clinton woul= d=20 now go down in history as the only US president who tried to divide Jerusale= m. Throughout the evening short film clips of the modern battles for Jerusalem=20 are played. It=E2=80=99s awesome to see the footage of the Israeli liberati= on of the=20 OId City played on the very walls on which the historic event took place. Tehillim (Psalms ) are read followed by 400,000 people singing =E2=80=9CIm E= shkachech=20 Yerushalayim...=E2=80=9D and the recitation in unison of those ancient words= . A final prayer for Israeli soldiers missing in action, the three recently=20 kidnapped and Jonathan Pollard. We watch each other=E2=80=99s breath mingle= in the=20 cold night air as we stand to attention to sing Hatikva, and it seems as if=20 we=E2=80=99re invincible--surely Jerusalem could never fall again with so ma= ny of us=20 united to protect her. ************************* ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Tue Jan 9 11:05:01 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 26869 invoked from network); 9 Jan 2001 16:05:00 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 9 Jan 2001 16:05:00 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.44.a454b70 (6963) for ; Tue, 9 Jan 2001 11:01:56 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 11:01:56 EST Subject: Gush Katif To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN NEWS FROM THE COALITION FOR JEWISH CONCERNS-AMCHA ********************************************** CJC-Amcha Solidarity Visitors Head South January 4, 2001--It's drizzling in Jerusalem as our bullet-proof bus pulls out of the hotel parking lot for the two hour ride to the Kissufim junction at the entrance to Gush Katif. But the skies clear as we approach the point where we pick up our army escort for the short journey through PA controlled territory from Kissufim to the Gefen checkpoint. This road, about 2 miles long, is the only access Israelis have to the Jewish communities of the Katif Bloc, south of Gaza. According to the Oslo Accords, the road is under Israeli security control, but the area to either side of it is PA country--hence the regular, deadly attacks which have taken place here in recent months. Kissufim is abuzz with military personnel. Soldiers sit in heavily armed jeeps ready to accompany Israeli vehicles through the dangerous stretch of highway. Others maintain lookout posts over the adjacent territory while dozens of IDF "jobniks" (non-combatant soldiers) work on maintaining the army vehicles lining the roadway. We wait a few minutes while the commander radios ahead to Gefen to make sure all is clear and then we are joined by Wahid (Rabbi Weiss calls him Wayne...) a tall, slim Druse soldier who tells our driver in staccato tones how to drive through the area. "You go no more than 60 km. per hour; you follow the jeep in front of you at all times; whatever happens, you just keep following that jeep. Understood?" David our driver knods confidently, and welcomes another soldier in full battle gear who rides with us while his colleagues bring up the rear in another jeep. We set out at the appointed pace and ride uneventfully to Gefen. Taking our leave of our escorts once we're in the relative safety of the Gush itself we head for the small moshav of Netzer Hazani. Here we're met by Rabbi Chaim Schneid, a former classmate of Rabbi Weiss from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Schneid, or Chaim, as he prefers to be called, is an organic farmer at the moshav. He's been growing cherry tomatoes and other organic crops here for 23 years. A stocky man with a greying beard and large knitted kipa, Chaim tells us about Netzer Hazani. 65 families from 18 countries make their home here. Fifty percent are Sephardic Jews, twenty five percent are of Yemenite origin and twenty five percent are Ashkenazim. Chaim maintains 5 dunams (about 3 1/2 acres) of hothouses on the fence of the moshav. Since the latest outbreak of violence he has not been officially allowed to go to work in the hothouses. Shooting goes on day and night. It's an economic disaster, he says, so he sneaks in to keep things going. Because things have been quiet today, he takes us into one of the hothouses, pointing out the large Arab house just across the fence where the shooting comes from. Inside, we stand on the plastic floors as Chaim explains how his farming conforms completely with shmitta (seventh year where the land must lay fallow) law. He explains that his Arab workers have not been coming lately, even though most of them are desperate to earn a living and "they hate Arafat more than we do." Before we leave Netzer Hazani, Chaim tells the group that one of the answers to the current situation is mass western aliya. Rabbi Weiss asks his old classmate if the moshav has plans in the eventuality that the Barak proposal goes through. "We don't think about that," Chaim responded. "We're here, our home and livelihood are here and that's that." Almost word for word the same response we'd heard from Pinchas Fuchs in Eilon Moreh up in the Shomron just two days before. We have arranged to meet Rachel Gage at the gate to Neveh Dekalim, the largest community in the Gush. She is to take us to the newest settlement--Kfar Hayam, established after the bus bomb attack at Kfar Darom which claimed the lives of her friends Miriam Amitai and Gabi Biton. At the gate Ayelet is there instead of Rachel. A beautiful, dark-haired, shy young woman--Ayelet explains that Rachel is busy at their new home dealing with the press. As we drive to Kfar Hayam, a few minutes in the direction of the sea, Ayelet explains the context of the tiny new settlement project. We pass down a one lane road lined with Arab houses on both sides. "They're Moasin," Ayelet notes--an Arab sect that is generally friendly to their Jewish neighbors. They moved in after the signing of the Oslo Accords of 1993. Our group gets off the bus stepping onto the fine, white sand of the Kfar Hayam beach. The setting is idyllic--palm trees wave under the bright winter sun, and the bright blue of the Mediterranean sparkles about 50 yards away. A few pre-fab houses sit close to the road watched over by an IDF guardpost, but the main part of the new yishuv consists of 10 abandoned concrete structures. They are the abandoned summer homes of Egyptian Army officers--dating back to pre-1967. Doorless and windowless, the buildings still display the remains of their ornate tile floors. We're welcomed by Rachel and the other young couple who live at Kfar Hayam. They've set up a long table with light refreshments in one of the larger structures. We look out at the sea through a flapping Israeli flag which serves as their front door. Rachel, an engaging 22 year old, explains in English how they were just hooked up to the electricity grid, but they're still using chemical toilets. As we talk, an israel TV Channel 1 crew in flak jackets prowls around. Rachel is ------------------------= From Wed Jan 10 17:18:16 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 3361 invoked from network); 10 Jan 2001 22:18:16 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 10 Jan 2001 22:18:16 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.fc.c85273 (17534) for ; Wed, 10 Jan 2001 17:14:58 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 17:14:57 EST Subject: Shabbat Forshpeis To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN A TASTE OF TORAH IN HONOR OF SHABBAT from Rabbi Avi Weiss WHEN IS IT BEST TO BE SILENT? PARSHAT VA-YECHI JANUARY 12-13, 2001 / 18 TEVET 5761 As Yaakov (Jacob) blesses his children, he tells his eldest, Reuven, that kingship will not come from him as he forfeited the birthright when he had relations with Bilha , Yaakovs wife/maidservant.(Genesis 49:4) Shimon and Levi suffer a similar fate in that their blessing, too, is a disappointment. Their mistake was the destruction of the entire city of Shechem after the rape of Dinah. (Genesis 49:5-7) What is striking is that during both of these incidents, Yaakov remained virtually silent. In the Reuven story the Torah tells us that Yaakov heard what had happened but the text indicates no reprimand from the patriarch. (Genesis 35:22) In the Shechem story Yaakov tells Shimon and Levi that they had made him look bad because the inhabitants of the city could retaliate. This was only a mild rebuke on the part of Yaakov. (Genesis 34:30) Why does Yaakov hold back and say nothing or little until the end of his life? Perhaps Yaakov=E2=80=99s approach teaches us something about speech. On the= one hand it is speech which makes us unique. Rabbi Yehuda Halevy in his Kuzari labels the human being as a =E2=80=9Cmedaber.=E2=80=9D Speaking is central to huma= n relationships. As long as a couple for example, is speaking to each other even acrimoniously, the relationship is soluble. But if they are silent, unable to talk, trouble is at hand. There are occasions when it is best not to speak, as saying something could destroy a relationship. Good judgment is needed to know when the timing is appropriate to reveal a deep hurt. But it often takes great wisdom to know when it is best not to talk and not to reveal a deeper emotion. It may be that Yaakov doesn=E2=80=99t speak as these incidents unfolded, f= earful that whatever he would say could possibly ruin his relationship with his eldest children. Only years later, when the relationships were solid, was the time right to speak out. Openness is often best displayed in a safe environment =E2= =80=93 and silence can sometimes preserve relationships. Silence also sometimes is a reaction, when words simply will not suffice. It is told of the Klausenberger rebbe that after losing his wife and 11 children in the Holocaust that he gave the following dvar Torah at a brit (circumcision ceremony): He proclaimed that the words =E2=80=9Cbe-damayech chayi, by your bloods shall y= ou live=E2=80=9D, the verse said twice in the brit ceremony, should be understood to mean =E2= =80=9Cby=20 your silence you should live=E2=80=9D. The word =E2=80=9Cdam=E2=80=9D can m= ean blood, but it also=20 could come from the word =E2=80=9Cdomem=E2=80=9D, which means silence. Ther= e are times in=20 our relationships, even in our relationship to God that it is best to remain= =20 silent for words simply cannot express the profound pain that is sometimes=20 felt in times of tragedy. This may also have been the feeling of Yaakov as= =20 he stood by and watched his sons commit tragic mistakes. I felt the need for this type of silence lat week in Israel as I stood in the presence of Chaim Didovsky who lost his wife in a recent terror attack=20 leaving six children, and with Lazar Amitai whose wife was killed in the Kfa= r=20 Darom bus attack, leaving 4 children. The pain was so deep, the tears so=20 profound that there was little to say. There were no words, it was best not= =20 to speak. As these horrific incidents unfold, we bite our tongues and struggle to find the words, but the silence, as that of Yaakov of old, shows our deep love, solidarity and pain toward our brothers and sisters. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= From Thu Jan 11 15:16:09 2001 Return-Path: Delivered-To: Received: (qmail 14816 invoked from network); 11 Jan 2001 20:16:08 -0000 Received: from ( by with SMTP; 11 Jan 2001 20:16:08 -0000 Received: from by (mail_out_v28.35.) id q.44.a5a136e (9651) for ; Thu, 11 Jan 2001 15:13:28 -0500 (EST) From: Message-ID: <> Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 15:13:27 EST Subject: NY Jerusalem event To: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: AOL 5.0 for Mac sub 28 Sender: X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2.09/990901/11:28 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN IF YOU LOVE JERUSALEM.... - If you believe Jerusalem and the Temple Mount represent the very heart of the Jewish nation - If your soul is stirred by the Kotel (Western Wall), the gates, stones and renewed Jewish life of the Old City - If you swell with pride at the miraculous reunification of Jerusalem and reacquisition of the Har Habayit (Temple Mount) after 2000 years of exile - If you are outraged at President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak's plan to tear the heart out of Jerusalem by unilaterally handing over the Temple Mount and 80% of the Old City to Yasir Arafat as Palestinian terror continues unabated then.... STAND WITH US IN A RALLY OF CONSCIENCE SUNDAY, JANUARY 14TH - 10 A.M. UNITED STATES U.N. MISSION First Avenue & 45th Street, Manhattan Let us send a clear message to President Clinton and incoming President Bush -- Hands off Jerusalem! Listen to Rabbi Avi Weiss' report on a just-completed, extraordinary solidarity mission to Israel and his participation in Monday's massive rally in Jerusalem. Sponsored by the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha, 370 Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10463; tel (718) 796-4730. ------------------------- ------------------------+ Hosted by Shamash: The Jewish Network A service of Hebrew College, offering online courses and an online MA in Jewish Studies, ------------------------- ------------------------= Join 18 million Eudora users by signing up for a free Eudora Web-Mail account at --------------------------------------------------------------------------------