November 29th and 30th were our Jewish Thanksgiving Days and Hebron Trip on Erev Rosh Hodesh Kislev and 50,000 Jews were in Hebron for Chaya Sarah and Hebrew University Discovery May Revolutionize ChemotherapyBy David Israel
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November 29th and 30th our own Jewish Thanksgiving
I heard practically no coverage on Friday of our Own Jewish Thanksgiving-November 29
Our Own National Thanksgiving day and November 30th, the day we remember the expulsion of the Jews from the Arab Nations The United Nations voted to partition Palestine. One more step on the long road to the rebirth of Israel. One more step which led to the miracle of today's Jewish country of Israel. On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions and 1 absent, in favor of the Palestine Partition Plan. This vote did not just emerge out of nowhere, contrary to popular efforts to de-legitimize the history that led up to this momentous occasion. In 1922, the League of Nations approved the British Mandate over Palestine - an ancient land with a name bestowed by the Romans only after the destruction of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit that had since exchanged hands, ruler-ship, and social demographics. Citing the Balfour Declaration, the mandate outlined that the nations were in agreement with the original proclamation "in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Whereas there may have been but a small percentage of Jews in the region, the longevity of the Jewish connection to the land was an accepted fact by nations worldwide. Years of longing, persecution, and political action gave life to a Jewish nationalism that represented this ancient history.
When the UN Committee reached the conclusion that, when the British Mandate for Palestine would end, there should be created both a Jewish state and as Arab state, internationalizing Jerusalem to be shared by both. Although the partition map allotted the Jewish state only a small part of our ancestral land, the Zionist Organization and institutions of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisrael accepted the plan on its merits - the full recognition of our rights as a people to our national origins and a sovereign state where we could, indeed, live free. All over the world, the Jewish community erupted with great joy. In Jerusalem, Zippy Porath shares how thousands went out to the streets to celebrate. And planning for implementation began as Chaim Weizman proclaimed "It is now our primary task to establish relations of peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors." Unfortunately, the Arab world did not accept this, nor any prior or subsequent proposal for partition of land or peace. And sadly, November 29 has become a day for increased anti-Zionist and anti-Israel attacks as a part of the continued effort to demonize and incite hatred against the Jewish State. The UN Vote on Partition of Palestine has great historical significance that should in no way be diminished by the change of rhetoric or attempt to negate the importance of what took place. Every Jew should know about this day, and every effort should be made to negate the relentless war against the truth of history.
Just as we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut every year in honor of the Declaration of the State of Israel by Ben Gurion, so, too, should we remember and celebrate the steps that led up to this monumental event. From Herzl to Balfour, from the centuries of dreamers who could only long for a place where Jews could live free in our own land to today's generation who struggles to recall the importance and value of our Jewish State, the international affirmation of our national destiny remains poignant and essential as we continue the ongoing project of building Israel.
So as we begin the season of giving thanks, let us also raise our voice and protect the legacy of this day. Let us remember the hundreds of thousands of Jews exiled from the Arab states as we honor Jewish Refugee Day on November 30. Let us honor Ben Gurion Day and remember this great and imperfect leader who navigated the Palestinian Jews through pre-state struggles and whose voice echoes in our hearts with the Declaration of Israel's Independence on the very day the British Mandate came to an end. And let us honor our collective commitment to the land, the people, the state of Israel today, tomorrow, and FOREVER!
Hebrew University Discovery May Revolutionize Chemotherapy By David Israel
It is a feeling that many who receive a cancer diagnosis can identify with: heartbreak and fear, followed by hopes that chemotherapy will save the day. Unfortunately, for many patients, chemo's painful side effects cause them to stop treatment prematurely.
Now, a research team headed by Professor Alexander Binshtok, head of the Pain Plasticity Research Group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Medicine and Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, has developed a method that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to malignant cells and bypasses healthy ones. This discovery could allow doctors to reduce chemo doses for patients, thereby reducing the unpleasant side-effects associated with the treatment, and improve treatment compliance and overall prognosis.
IIIsraeli Stamps Show The First Torah Scroll Flown In Space
A new set of Israeli stamps shows the first Torah that was flown in space. The commemorative stamps also feature Jeffrey Hoffman, the astronaut who first brought the Torah into space in 1985, Space.com reported Monday. He was the first Jewish-American man to enter space.
50,000 Jews were in Hebron for Chaya Sarah yet media ignores
Transcendence in Hebron From the Israeli media you would never know that 50,000 Jews celebrated Zionism in Hebron last weekend. By DAVID M. WEINBERG
Despite the intense focus on Israel's ongoing political stalemate, the Israeli media have found plenty of room in recent days to run lengthy features on food, music, sports, shopping, and social gossip. This includes the victories of Tottenham, Manchester and Liverpool in the British Premier League, another visit to Israel by Quentin Tarantino and the pregnant Daniela Pick, a comedy show in Tel Aviv by Louis CK, Sacha Baron Cohen's attack on Facebook, oodles of advice about where and whether to buy cellphones on Black Friday, instructions on how to baste your Thanksgiving turkey, Miri Mesika's tell-all magazine cover story, and much excitement about the upcoming seventh annual Solidarity Film Festival and the Jacob's Ladder Music Festival.
But Israeli media found little reason to cover the biggest festival of the month – the largest gathering in at least 2,000 years of Jews in Hebron, last Shabbat, to mark the anniversary of Abraham's purchase of the Jewish people's first piece of land in Israel, the field and Tomb of the Patriarchs.Perhaps 50,000 (!) Israelis and Jews from around the world camped-out in downtown Hebron adjacent to Ma'arat HaMachpela (the Cave or Tomb of the Patriarchs), to celebrate the Chayei Sarah Torah reading, which tells the story of Abraham's negotiations over a burial plot in that city for his wife, the matriarch Sarah.Of course, the importance of Hebron in Jewish tradition and nationalism is broader than the spiritual legacies of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah – all of whom are buried in Hebron according to the biblical record. King David's throne was established in Hebron, and he ruled there for seven years before moving his capital to Jerusalem. Moreover, the Jewish community of Hebron – which had been in place for centuries – was massacred and expelled by Arab rioters in 1929, making the return of Jews to Hebron over the past 40 years a matter of principle and pride. With Hamas the predominant political force in Hebron today, the presence of a small Jewish community in the city (100 families strong) is especially dicey, and thus doubly important for Jews with strong Zionist-nationalist leanings.
Jewish "resettlement" in Hebron is a way of pledging allegiance to the providential powers behind the Jewish return to Zion, and a way of defying Israel's enemies who deny any deep Jewish rights in the Land of Israel.Indeed, then-Israeli ambassador to the UN Chaim Herzog formally entered the biblical passages of Abraham's purchase of the Tomb of the Patriarchs into the UN record, and circulated the Jewish people's Abrahamic "deed" to the Land of Israel as an official document of the General Assembly. That followed passage in 1975 of the UN's infamous "Zionism is Racism" resolution, and the Islamic Conference's 1976 "outright denial of all Jewish associations with the city of Hebron, both religious and historical."MY FAMILY AND I were privileged to participate for the third time in the uplifting celebration in Hebron this past Shabbat. It was a hoot: a cross between Uman and Woodstock, Rosh Hashanah and Purim, a solemn prayer gathering and a community street party.Tens of thousands of people camped out in tents and trailers adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and on every sidewalk and in every parklet, and tens of thousands of other revelers were hosted in nearby Kiryat Arba. The crowds were so thick that at times it was hard to walk down the main street that connects the scattered Israeli-held properties in Hebron. Even at the early hour of 8 a.m. on Shabbat, I couldn't get into the tomb for morning services; it was already filled to capacity. So I joined one of at least 100 different prayer quorums on the outdoor plaza under old olive trees, in glorious sunshine and a festive atmosphere, reading the Torah portion about Abraham and Sarah, while meeting friends from around the world.Chabad hosted 6,000 paying guests for each of the three Shabbat meals in gigantic tents outfitted with chandeliers, which some said set a record for the largest-ever Shabbat meals.The pilgrimage encompassed many types of Jews: religious and secular, Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and National-Religious, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Israeli and Diaspora, city dwellers and settlers, many large families, the elderly and the young, (mostly) mainstream and (some) fringe types – a potpourri of Am Yisrael.It was a transcendent experience.My delight in the proceedings is amplified by a profound family connection to Hebron. My late father-in-law, Rabbi Yitzhak Pechman, founded The Hebron Fund in America, and raised the funds behind many projects built in Jewish Hebron since then. Residents and leaders of the Jewish community of Hebron still speak in reverence of him.In fact, the entire concept of designating Shabbat Parashat Chayei Sarah as a special weekend focused on Hebron was his idea, first marked in 1980 in American synagogues alongside a "Chai to Chevron" fundraising campaign, with "shares" in rebuilding Hebron sold for $18 per brick.Rabbi Pechman would have been amazed and overwhelmed with joy to see how his fledging "Shabbat Chevron" initiative in America has today become a powerhouse display of belonging and loyalty to Hebron in Israel.BUT AS MENTIONED, Israeli media almost completely ignored the mass gathering this past weekend. It just wasn't "deserving" of coverage, especially not when compared to news of rock concerts or Black Friday sales. Even a nationalist newspaper like Israel Hayom devoted a mere paragraph (one paragraph!) along with two tiny, stamp-sized photos of the gathering. (The Jerusalem Post published nice, but short and colorless stories, before and after the weekend).Only Haaretz gave more prominent coverage to "Shabbat Chevron," but this was to disparage and denounce the event. As it does every year on the Sunday or Monday after Parashat Chayei Sarah, Haaretz charged "the radical settlers" in Hebron with violence against Palestinians, from rock-throwing to pepper-spray attacks. And the paper spewed out its usual scolding about the "masses of settlers" forcing Palestinians into a near-curfew in their homes for two days.I didn't witness any Jewish violence in Hebron this weekend (except for some drunk youngsters mildly harassing other Jewish visitors), and my reading of the crowd puts 99% of the Jewish pilgrims into the normative category of law-abiding and respectful people. The only violence I heard about, witnessed by one of my sons, were two Arab men throwing chairs and bottles off a rooftop at Jews on the street below, which caused the police to close off an alleyway for one hour.But of course, Haaretz has a narrative of "settler violence and dispossession of Palestinians" to uphold – a stale and generally false narrative – so the paper always seeks to highlight the "evils" of Jewish celebration in Hebron.Instead, Haaretz might have reported on the unique and successful space-sharing and time-sharing prayer arrangement between Jews and Muslims that pertains in the Tomb of the Patriarchs. (For 10 days a year, including Shabbat Chayei Sarah, Jews have use of the entire complex; for 10 holy days a year, Muslims pray exclusively in the complex; and for most of year, Jews and Muslims share/partition the complex). How right and appropriate it would be for such a respectful arrangement to be introduced on Jerusalem's Temple Mount too!The author is vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, jiss.org.il. His personal site is davidmweinberg.com.
My pictures from Hebron Trip
I prayed the morning prayer (Shachrit) in Jerusalem
I prayed the Mincha Prayer At the Machpala (Hebron)
I prayed the evening Prayer (Mariv) at Rachel's Tomb