Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hill 24 doesn't answer (great early Zionist movie) and prayers in Hevron

Dear Yehuda,

I would like to send to you, and to all your e-mail recipients, the movie that inspired me at the very early age of eleven to become a lifelong Zionist. I first saw it with my parents in England and it changed my life forever.

It is an Israeli movie in black and white dealing with the lives of four people who came together to defend a hill from invading Arab armies during the 1948 Arab-Israel War.

In particular the scenes in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the ancient Jewish community was besieged and eventually driven out by the Jordanian Arab Legion, made a very deep and emotional impression upon me. The image of the rabbi leading the Jews out of the Old City was especially heart rending.

The movie in question is called Hill 24 Doesn't Answer and, perhaps, some people have never seen it before.


Victor Sharpe


Watch: Thousands Pray in Hevron Before Yom Kippur

4,000 Karliner hassidim recited the selihot prayers at the ancient Cave of Machpelah in an emotional service.

By Eliran Aharon
First Publish: 9/18/2015, 8:39 AM

No fewer than 4,000 Hassidic Jews from the Karliner sect attended the selihot penitentiary prayers at the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron on Thursday night, arriving in dozens of buses for the services. 

"The influx of the masses to the cave continues all the time," Ashi Horowitz, the operations officer of the Jewish community maintaining the Old City of Hevron, stated to Arutz Sheva

"The event tonight is part of an increase of tens of thousands of people whom are expected to visit Hevron before Yom Kippur."

Many thousands of Jews flood to Israel's holy sites for selihot prayers, the set of prayers for forgiveness and mercy said during the days leading up to, and between, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

Sephardic Jews begin the prayers in the month leading up to the High Holidays, whereas Ashkenazic Jews began the prayers in the week before Rosh Hashanah. 

Netanyahu to Ban: We're Maintaining Status Quo on Temple Mount

PM Netanyahu tells UN Secretary-General Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, despite Palestinian incitement.

By Elad Benari
First Publish: 9/18/2015, 6:12 AM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening spoke with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the wake of the ongoing terror wave in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu told the UN chief that Israel is acting against the violence on the Temple Mount, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

He added that Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo, Palestinian incitement to the contrary notwithstanding.

Violence has been going on at the Temple Mount complex since before Rosh Hashanah, when masked Muslim rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police on the Temple Mount, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site.

The clashes continued after the holiday as well, as once again masked Muslim youths gathered around the mosque and threw rocks and other projectiles at police who had entered the compound in large numbers and responded with stun grenades. 

However, Israel's response to the riots has resulted in it being internationally criticized instead of those Arab rioters who are behind the clashes.

French President Francois Hollande warned on Wednesday that any change in the current rules governing the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - could lead to "serious destabilisation."

He was echoing calls by other states, including the United States, to maintain a ban on Jewish prayer at the site despite its holy status for Jews, in order to placate Muslim extremists.

The Arab League, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia have condemned Israel as well. The Arab League warned against the "Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel" and threatened to turn to international legal institutions.

Saudi King Salman, meanwhile, appealed to Ban and members of the Security Council for "urgent measures" after the clashes.

Salman "expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation" at the holy site where Palestinian rioters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press A

Rabbi Yehuda Glick Receives Death Threat

Published: September 27th, 2015
Yehuda Glick seen praying with Muslims. Glick is a proponent of the Temple Mount and coexistence.

Yehuda Glick seen praying with Muslims. Glick is a proponent of the Temple Mount and coexistence.
Photo Credit: Israel Unseen

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was shot 4 times by an Arab would-be assassin last year, received a death threat this morning by telephone.

Glick contacted the police and within an hour they traced the threatening phone call to an Arab in Yafo, according to a Tazpit report.

The suspect was arrested, and was released to house arrest on Sunday afternoon, with a restraining order preventing him from calling Glick over the next 30 days.

Glick is a civil rights activist, struggling to allow Jews free access to the Temple Mount and to be allowed to pray on the Jewish holy site.

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Most memorable quotes

September 23, 2015 | 4:30am

Yogi Berra


Yogi Berra, considered one of the best catchers in major league history, died of natural causes at the age of 90 Tuesday. The Yankees legend and Hall of Famer may be better known for the way he creatively butchered the English language, with what became known as Yogi-isms.

Here are 35:

1. "It ain't over till it's over."

2. "It's deja vu all over again."

3. "I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4."

4. "Never answer an anonymous letter."

5. "We made too many wrong mistakes."

6. "You can observe a lot by watching."

7. "The future ain't what it used to be."

8. "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."

9. "It gets late early out here."

10. "If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them."

11. "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

12. "Pair up in threes."

13. "Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel."

14. "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

15. "All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

16. "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

17. "Bill Dickey is learning me his experience."

18. "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

19. "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."

20. "I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don't understand is how he lost five."

Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra in 1955.

21. "I don't know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads."

22. "I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary."

23. "I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."

24. "In baseball, you don't know nothing."

25. "I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

26. "I never said most of the things I said."

27. "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

28. "I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."

29. "I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field."

30. "So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face."

31. "Take it with a grin of salt."

32. (On the 1973 Mets) "We were overwhelming underdogs."

33. "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

34. "You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours."

35. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Baseball Almanac, Baseball Digest, Catcher in the Wry (Bob Uecker), Sports Illustrated