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The 1957 Attempt To Assassinate Ben-GurionBy Saul Jay Singer - 11 Av 5777 

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Isaac Mozeson shares the source of Heart and Adore

If you have trouble feeling the Hebrew pulsing beneath your native language, you probably aren't placing your hand over your left armpit.

[K]HaRaiD חרד , tremble, is the source of HEART. 
The heart is "the trembler."

The end-T of HEART required a shift from D to T.
Related words like CARDIO and CREED (heartfelt belief) 
have the expected D from ד Dalet/D.


The 1957 Attempt To Assassinate Ben-Gurion By Saul Jay Singer - 11 Av 5777

Minsk-born Paula Munweis, or Monbesz (1892 – 1968), was trained at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, as a nurse and was an active member of the Poalei Zion Zionist organization when David Ben-Gurion met her in 1917 during a visit to New York City. Soon after, they were married and she returned with him to Eretz Yisrael.

Known for an "acerbic tongue," she was a feisty woman, known for living with Zionist and socialist zeal. Ben-Gurion published a book for her, Letters to Paula and the Children (1958).

In the December 23, 1957 correspondence from Jerusalem shown here, she writes:

We certainly had some days full of anxiety and fear after the bomb outrage in the Knesset. However, Ben-Gurion has recovered by now and has returned to his normal activities.

Two months earlier, on October 29, 1957 (4 Cheshvan 5718), only half the members were present for a session of the Knesset, then located in Frumin House at 24 King George Street. An Israeli military policeman was recalling the peril that faced Israel exactly a year before during the Sinai Campaign, when its troops stood ready to launch their attack on the Sinai Peninsula. Suddenly, a small object flew through the air from the direction of the visitors' gallery. Like the well-trained old soldier he was, Ben-Gurion ducked to the floor as the missile hurtled past and, a second later, exploded between the government's table and the speaker's dais, wounding Ben-Gurion in his foot and arms.

In the midst of the ensuing commotion, two doctor-parliamentarians found their way to Minister of Religious Affairs and Social Welfare Chaim Moshe Shapira, whose blood was gushing from wounds in the stomach and head. Knesset members Arieh Bahir and Yosef Almogi rushed to Ben-Gurion's side and tried to move him out of the hall but, with his characteristic equanimity, he refused to budge. A few minutes later, however, experiencing severe pain from his leg wound, he agreed to let Bahir and Almogi take him to Ziv hospital, where a waiting Paula took over.

Foreign Minister Golda Meir, Transport Minister Moshe Carmel, and Health Minister Israel Barzilai were also driven to the hospital to have their lesser injuries treated. Rabbi Shapira, who, as per religious custom, was given the additional name "Chaim," underwent several major surgeries. He resumed his Knesset service and was later appointed interior minister.

When Ben-Gurion was revived at the hospital, he was relieved to learn the attacker was mentally unstable rather than politically motivated. He initially did all he could to hush up the affair and continue as if nothing had happened – until he agreed to let the press in to see him more than a week later (see below).

Moshe Dwek, a disgruntled Yemenite Jewish immigrant also referred to in some reports as Douek or Dueg, had thrown a grenade he'd stolen from the army in an attempt to kill Ben-Gurion and Meir (he later apologized to Rabbi Shapira, an unintended victim). He had been part of a group of Syrian Jewish youth who in 1943 immigrated to Eretz Yisrael, where he lived on a number of kibbutzim before fighting in Israel's War of Independence. The attack was allegedly prompted by Dwek's inability to obtain national insurance for his declining health.

Dwek's defense counsel presented ample evidence to support the proposition that Dwek was "psychologically unbalanced." He reportedly had suffered a childhood accident that left him mentally unbalanced. After sustaining another accident in a youth camp shortly after his arrival in Eretz Yisrael, he tried to sue the Jewish Agency; after losing the case, he sent threatening letters to the judge and was arrested but found unfit to stand trial. In another incident, he tried to stow away on a plane to New York City.

Nonetheless, a panel of experts agreed he was fit to stand trial for the Knesset attack. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, part of which time he spent institutionalized. His requests for a retrial were rejected, as was his request for a pardon ten years later.

Ben-Gurion wrote to Dwek's parents – who were living in a hut, without electricity, in a village near Tel Aviv – telling them he forgave their son and, while calling the attack "despicable and nonsensical," acknowledged the family's anguish. The Dweks spoke only Arabic, so the courier translated the letter for them.

After Dwek's release from prison, he founded his own political party, which he named Tarshish. His platform called for an end to Ashkenazi hegemony and for integrating Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews into the country's leadership by giving them half of all government ministries as well as widespread representation in the Knesset, municipalities, and the Jewish Agency.

His other demands strangely included the setting up of a Technion and religious polytechnic institute in Netanya. His unusual but memorable television spots would begin with Dwek repetitively intoning the words No'ar, No'ar, No'ar (literally "youth, youth, youth"). After a failed attempt to win a seat in the 12th Knesset (1988) – he actually received 700 votes – he retired from politics.

Soon after the 1957 Knesset attack, bulletproof glass was installed between the upper gallery and the hall. In addition, the Mishmar HaKnesset (Knesset Guard) was established as a special security unit by the Israeli police to provide protection for the Knesset building and MKs.

In the original November 7, 1957 news photograph exhibited with this column, Ben-Gurion, recuperating in a Jerusalem hospital, is visited by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson.

Benson, who also served as president of the (Mormon) Church of Latter Day Saints, was a strong supporter of Israel and a personal friend of Ben-Gurion's. While visiting Israel he received a handwritten note from Ben-Gurion inviting him to stop by the hospital if time permitted.

Benson writes that he found Ben-Gurion sitting in a rocker with one leg elevated. As they greeted each other Ben-Gurion asked, "Would you mind if the press came in while we visit? They've been trying to see me, but I haven't seen anyone except my wife and the nurse."

Benson had no objection, and the press entered, yielding this first photograph of Ben-Gurion in the hospital after the grenade attack. As Benson describes it, Ben-Gurion asked many questions regarding the Mormon attitude toward Jews, and the two had a most interesting exchange.


Kahane on the Parsha

Rabbi Binyamin Kahane- Parshat Eikev
The Forgotten Mitzvot

Our parsha begins with Moses declaring: "Then it shall come about, if you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the L-rd, your G-d, will keep His covenant and loving-kindness with you which He swore to your forefathers" (Deuteronomy 7:12)

Why did Moses need to make this declaration? After everything the Jewish people went through the past 40 years, was there any doubt that they would listen to G-d's judgments? After the Golden Calf, after the sin of the spies, after the rebellion of Korach- did the Jews NOT LEARN THEIR LESSON?!?!

Of course they did. But Moses, who had 40 years' experience leading G-d's people, knew that there are two kinds of mitzvot- ordinary mitzvot and those that require SPECIAL FAITH. Yes, the Jews had seen G-d's hand in splitting the sea, defeating Amalek, and destroying the kingdoms of Sichon and Og- but Moses knew that a person can see all this and still not fully believe.
And that's why he says to them, "If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I, how can I drive them out?'" (Deuteronomy 7:17). For this reason, he adjures them, "Don't fear [the nations]. Remember well what the L-rd, your G-d, did to Pharaoh and all of Egypt" (ibid. 7:18).

In our times, many of us fulfill mitzvot. We keep Shabbos, we study Torah, etc. But is that ENOUGH??? What about the "forgotten" mitzvot? What about building the Temple? What about settling the land? What about bequeathing the land to our children- which entails destroying the non-Jewish populations trying to annihilate us?

We cannot fulfill part of the Torah and be satisfied. As the Ohr HaChaim writes, "To despise 'small' mitzvot' is a great sin. This is especially true of those who walk in the path of G-d's Torah who might think to themselves, "Well, I study Torah and fulfill most of the mitzvot...'" (commentary to Deuteronomy 8:1).

We are currently approaching the beginning of Elul- a special month for teshuva (repentance). It's time we put an end to the matter once and for all. The Temple is not built, the non-Jewish populations among us have not been expelled, and the land is NOT adequately settled- not in the Galilee and not in Jerusalem. Let us not stumble by saying, "How can we drive them out?" We must sincerely believe that it is "G-d who expels these nations" (Deuteronomy 9:5) and therefore "nobody will be able to stand before [us]" (Deuteronomy 11:25).
Darka Shel Torah, 1992
Shabbat Shalom!

Total solar Eclipise in US in August not visible in Israel

James Halpin The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

As the total solar eclipse approaches, demand for safe viewing glasses has spiked and experts are warning the public to be wary of dangerous knockoffs.

Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the International Organization for Standardization's standard, and will indicate they are ISO 12312-2 compliant.But recently the American Astronomical Society issued a warning indicating such a label is no longer adequate to verify glasses' safety, citing "alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers flooding the market."

"It now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough of the sun's ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation to make them truly safe," the organization warned. "Some sellers are even displaying fake test results on their websites to support their bogus claim of compliance with the ISO safety standard."

On, for instance, the run on eclipse glasses has left many models out of stock directly from the online retailer, but they continue to be available through third-party sellers. While the astronomical society says Amazon seems to be making a "good-faith effort" to remove questionable vendors, customer reviews continue to indicate some buyers are getting what appear to be imitation glasses.

Experts warn that looking at the sun without protection — or inadequate protection, such as using regular sunglasses — can cause lasting vision problems.

"Even at maximum eclipse it is not safe to look directly at the sun," Violet Mager, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, said in a statement. "Doing so could potentially cause permanent damage to your eyes."

The eclipse, which is the first total eclipse in the Lower 48 since 1979, will take place Aug. 21 and will last two hours and 38 minutes.

For those who want to purchase glasses, the astronomical society recommends using 12 manufacturers whose products have been checked by an accredited laboratory. The glasses should not allow anything through except light from the sun or something similarly bright, such as a bright halogen light bulb, according to the society.

The group has a list of vendors who are selling approved glasses at

Contact the writer: 570-821-2058, @cvjimhalpin

These solar filter brands have been verified to meet the safety standards for directly viewing the sun:

• American Paper Optics (Eclipser)

• APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)

• Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)

• Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)

• DayStar (Solar Glasses)

• Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)

• Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)

• Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)

• Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)

• Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)

• Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)

• TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)

Can't find any approved viewing glasses?

Make a pinhole camera with a few common items. NASA recommends cutting a square hole in the middle of a piece of white card stock, then taping a piece of aluminum foil over the hole. Poke a small hole in the foil with a pin or paperclip. Put a second piece of white card stock on the ground and hold the piece with the foil above it, allowing the sun to project through the hole onto the card on the ground. The farther away you hold the "camera," the larger the image will be.


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Eclipse not visable in Israel

August 21, 2017 — Total Solar Eclipse — Tel Aviv, Israel (Tel Aviv-Yafo)◢Not Visible in Tel Aviv of Jerusalem

Global Type: Total Solar Eclipse

Tel Aviv: Not 

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World's oldest man passes away

World's oldest man passes away: 113-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived in Haifa The oldest man in the world passed away on Friday. Yisrael Krista died when he was just one month shy of his 114th birthday. Last year, he celebrated his bar mitzvah, a century late

Yisrael Krista, who was born in 1903 and supposed to celebrate his 114th birthday next month, passed away on Friday in Haifa. Krista is survived by his son, daughter, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

About a year ago, Krista was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man in the world. In 2016, when he turned 113, Krista decided to mark a special event- his bar mitzvah- a century late.


Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland. Two decades later, when he was managing a sweets shop with his family in Łódź, the Nazis raided the city and took him and his family to a nearby ghetto.

His two children died in the ghetto and his first wife was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers but Krista never gave up. He survived largely thanks to his craft of making sweets, which the Germans loved. He then remarried and immigrated to Israel, settling in Haifa.

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