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Should I start blogging again…?

June 18, 2014

I just feel that random rambling usually becomes politics, and that gets me into discussions and online arguments with all the typical online argument features – useless and meaningless. Maybe I need a more defined theme, instead of speaking on such a broad spectrum of things. Finding a niche, instead of being… you know… human.

In general, things are well. I have one year left to my degree in Economy. I have an idea for a book that I will start write in one year. Now, after two years in Jerusalem, when I have been walking by foot to and from work, two hours every day, my legs are in really good shape. The upper part of my body is a blob. We are happy with our new congregation, I have started teaching in the Shabbat School, and got a few teaching opportunities in other small meetings. Homeschooling is great, and a lot more challenging, as our kids advance in age. We are planning the next year now, purchasing books, etc.

We will see… either I get back to writing here, once in a while, or this will be the last thing I ever write. I don’t know.

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Elections

January 21, 2013

I liked Yair Lapid’s agenda. He has some great ideas on things that need to change. Housing, Military Service, Cost of living, Education. He hasn’t said so much about the Palestinians, but he seems to be onboard with Bibbi. Also, he is against the religious ruling our lives. I like his party, and hope they’ll go far.

But I’m not voting for him. New central parties have sprung up every single election the last 40 years, bring with them a bunch of seats in the knesset, and then they dissappear. Tsomet, Merkaz, Shinui, Kadima… the list is long. I hope that Lapid’s party will be different, that he will get into the government and do some changes. But my vote he doesn’t get. I am not a gambler.

I also liked Naftali Bennet. He has an actual practical plan on how to make some things better – annexation of the C-areas of the West Bank. It’s a new kind of thinking, and it means that we are not keeping settlements on areas where Israeli law is invalid (whose idea was that anyway, to build settlements without annexation of the areas first? I’m all for settlements, but why were the areas not annexed?) Bennet also have great ideas when it comes to military service etc, and they even say that he and Lapid have a lot of issues in common.

But I’m not voting for him. A religious party might pass anti-missionary laws, or at least support them. They might be against, or indifferent, to minority rights.

At the end of the day – what we need is stability. If there’s anything lacking in Israeli politics, it’s stability. We need a strong unified government, with as few parties as possible, to lead our country, and I have a lot of faith in Netanyahu to keep doing that.

I hope that Bennet and Lapid will make it to the government. But they’re not getting my vote. My vote goes to the stability we need. My vote goes to Likud in this election.

By the way – Netanyahu has promised to work to get down the housing prices during the coming 4 years – if he doesn’t keep that promise, I might need to revise my decision in the next election.

Happy election day (tomorrow)!

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Another siren today

November 20, 2012

I was at work when it went off. Everything’s fine. No one was hurt – the rocket landed in an open area in a Palestinian village. I’m not surprised. If they can hide behind their civilians, they can also shoot against their own people and on a city holy to 55% of the world’s population.

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My heart is with those living in Southern Israel

November 12, 2012

This was written yesterday by someone from South Israel, and was published through Facebook, and went viral quickly. I have translated it to English, and shortened it a little.

I need to leave my earphones in the bag and not listen to music when I walk.
I make sure only to walk close to buildings, so I can run into them quickly.
I make sure to lower the volume of the radio at home and in the car.
I make sure to open the car window, even when it’s cold.
I press “mute” on the TV every time I hear a motorcycle.
I breath deeply and curse all motorcycles in the world.
I try to ignore the cold sweat.
I am annoyed with the radio people, when they put on music that sound like alarms
Every minute I need to know where I can run if the alarm goes off.
I always need to think how fast I’ll need to run.
I always need to know where all my family members and friends are.
Who is at work, and who is home? Who is out, who’s on the road? Who has a bunker?
Who do I call first, to say that I’m ok?

And I’m not a person who gets stressed easily. What about those who do?

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Rosh haShana

September 16, 2012

ImageRosh haShana is the New Year. This year we go from the year 5772 to year 5773 since the creation of the world. The command to keep this holiday is from Leviticus 23: “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.”

 

How is it the seventh month but also the new year? Because agriculturally, there’s a new year in spring and also in the fall. The fact that this was also known as a new year is clear from Deutronomy 31:10, where the Feast of tabernacles, that is on the 15th of this month, is described as a feast celebrated “in the solemnity of the year of release”. There are more similar examples.

 

The only command we see about the holiday is that it is to be a “blowing of trumpets”. This is the feast related to in Psalm 81: “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” Rosh haShana is indeed the only holiday celebrated on the New moon. What does this trumpet represent?

 

-Warning for war, and also a cry of victory – Joshua and Gideon for example

-Crowning of the king, as we can see in 2Sam6:15, 2Sam15:10, Psalm 150:3, Matthew 24:30-31, 1Thess4:16 and Rev 11:15.

-Making of a covenant – as on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19) and also with the second coming

-Judgement – Isaiah 58:1, Psalm 98, Nehemia 8:1-12, Numbers 29:1-6

 

The Torah reading this holiday is in Genesis 21, about the offering of Isaac. This is a clear symbol of the Messiah, the way the ram was offered instead of Isaac, just as the Messiah was offered for us. The ram’s horn is what is used to make the shofar horn – the trumpet used in Rosh haShana! Another amazing reading is Jeremiah 31 – the New covenant!

 

So on this day we celebrate the Messiah! We will hear the Shofar when he comes from heaven, as the scriptures tells us. It is connected to Yeshuas victory, it is his crowning to King of the world, it’s the making of the new covenant with the entire world, and it brings his judgement on the world. It is not a coincidence that Yom Kippur – the day of atonement – is only 10 days after Rosh haShana.

 

Why is it called “a memorial of blowing of trumpets”? Because the trumpet will also remind us of our sins, and our need of a redeemer. It will remind us of our salvation and our need to look forward to the day we will hear the trumpet from above, at the second coming. Many believe that Rosh haShana is the day on which the second coming will occur. Whether this is true or not we will only know then, but it’s definitelly a good time of the year to remind ourselves of that future day, and to always be ready for it.

 

A common custom on Rosh haShana is to eat apples dipped in honey, to have a “Sweet and Happy New Year”. We can tie this to the last verse in Psalm 81 “with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee”.

 

NT verses connected to Rosh haShana: Matthew 24:29-31, 1Cor 15:51-52, 1Thes 4:16-17, Rev 10:7, 11:15

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We all pay taxes and we all give 3 years of our lives to the State

July 17, 2012

From Danny Ayalon’s Facebook. I haven’t scrutinized their agenda and compared it with others, so I’m not saying that I’m 100% behind this political party and their idea – but I definitely agree with the principle, and support it 100%. No one who enjoys the benefit of living secure within the borders of the State of Israel should be exempt from helping to protect it. Whether they do it through army service or through caretaking at hospitals, or through serving in fire fighting units is less important. We all give 3 years of our lives to the State, just like we pay taxes.

“Please watch and share our new video stressing the utmost importance of finally equalizing the national burden in Israel before it’s too late. The video is titled “One Citizenship. One Obligation. One Opportunity. One Vote” and was released ahead of the planned vote on Yisrael Beytenu’s IDF, National, or Civilian Service Law Proposal on Wednesday in the Knesset. English subtitles available by clicking the CC button at the base of the screen”

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Barbeque on the balcony

July 8, 2012

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