For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
A group of Breslav chassidim tried to drive to Joseph’s Tomb in the early hours of the night and were shot at, some say by the “Palestinian police” (pardon my cynicism, but in my opinion they are just Arab terrorists in a uniform versus the ones without).
One was killed, and two others injured seriously. Why were they shot? Because they were Jewish and in the “wrong” place.
For those of you not familiar with the Jewish holy places, Joseph’s Tomb is located on the edge of Schem (sometimes called Nablus). Which means that it is one of the places where it is dangerous to show your face – if you are Jewish.
Arabs can walk around freely in Jewish cities without fear. Yes, the Arabs living in pre-1967 borders must go through a checkpoint before entering, and then only with a permit, because we are afraid of terrorists. But if they do appear in any city in Israel they are not shot on sight just because they are Arabs.
You cannot say the same for Jews. If we go to the “wrong” place we are in danger of our very lives. The most notorious example of this was the lynch in Ramallah, where two Israeli soldiers mistakenly drove into Ramallah, were surrounded by a bloodthirsty mob and were literally torn limb from limb. (I wish I was exaggerating…).
I was hoping to get through the whole holiday of Passover without a post like this.
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"