Geviha ben Pesisa
On Torah, Israel, History and Anything Else that seems Relevant.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Bye for Now
As you might have noticed, I've not posted in over two weeks. Circumstances beyond my control prevent me from keeping up with my usual pace. I've, therefore, decided to suspend blogging until later this spring. Stay Tuned.
God Save the State of Israel ('cause the World won't!)
Monday, March 28, 2005
Food for Thought
So, I've been thinking about this for a long time. It won't make a difference, but it makes me feel good. So....
The Arabs claim that our presence here is illegitimate. They deny the fact that Israwel was given by God to the Jews (though it says so in the Quran). They claim we must dismantle the State of Israel because we conquered them. OK. How did they get here? Well, the Arabs conquered Byzantine Palestine at the Battle of Yarmuk in 636 CE. The Byzantines, of course, were merely the Eastern Roman Empire. The Romans conquered Israel from the Hasmoneans in 63 BCE. The Jews, of course, had had autonomy under the Persian Empire, which conquered the Babylonians in 539 BCE. The Babylonians conquered Judaea from...the Jews, who had taken it (by divind mandate) from the Canaanites. So, if conquest is illegitimate, so is theirs. If we move backwards, the only people who are identifiably original inhabitants and who were conquered are...the Jews.
So, no matter how you cut it. Eretz Yisrael belongs to us.
Requiem for Gush Qatif
Well, it's over. Sharon and Company have managed (with dictatorial efficiency) to bury the initiative to hold a referendum before driving 8,000 Jews from their homes in July. The festivities in Tel Aviv can commence and the Left can celebrate the downfall of the Jews. After all, the Jews are their misfortune. The Jews insist on having a Jewish State. The Jews insist that the right of Israel to exist is based upon an act of God. The Jews insist that they should be allowed to live anywhere they wish, just as Arabs are. The Jews embaress the Tel Aviv brunch clubs, because they're so....Jewish. Why can't they be normal? Like Madonna, like Aki Avni, like asi Dayyan's kid who dressed up as Hitler for Purim.
What did my grandmother used to say? Don't worry. Mir vellen zey iber leben. We'll outlive them too.
Sharon, keep in mind who it iis that will write the history you're so hot to make with your friend Peres. It will be those of us who decided to stay Jewish (and stay here).
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
We Love You, Boogie!
For those of you who haven't been following the news, the Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz, recently sacked the Chief of Staff, Moshe (Booggie) Ya'alon. The term of a COS is three years, but tradition has it that the term is extended. Not extending a term is a slap in the face. Now, not only did Mofaz not extend his term, he announced it first to the media (which is where Ya'alon heard about it). Rumor has it that Ya'alon opposed the retreat from Gaza and thus was canned (i.e, at the order of Il Duce, Sharon).
The cause, though, is quite beside the point. The issue is the ignominious way he was retired. Boogie Ya'alon commanded the army during the last war (aka Intifada). In fact, it was his mixture of leadership and determination that beat back Palestinian terror, wiped out the higher echelons of the Al-Aqsa Brigade, Hamas and Islamic Jihad and essentially won the war for Israel. Doesn't he deserve better? Doesn't he deserve more dignity? Mofaz was himself COS. He should no better. Unfortunately, he's become a little politician who serves at the beck and call of his master.
So, for all of us whose lives were saved by Boogie Ya'alon, whose country was saved by Boogie Ya'alon, whose Jewish pride was saved by Boogie Ya'alon..Todah Rabbah mi-Qerev Lev! Thank you for everything, from the bottom of our hearts. We salute you!
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Go Away, Kofi Annan
So, Kofi-man. As far as I'm concerned, you're a U(nwanted) N(obody). Go take your hypocrisy and your crocodile tears somewhere else.
[Thanks to Dave at Isreallycool for posting the picture in the above box, which wouldn't cooperate)
Sunday, March 13, 2005
I feared this would happen. No, I actually was sure this would happen. Once Arabs get control of areas that contain Jewish archaeological remains, they destroy them in order to obliterate any physical proof of the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. That's what the did by destroying Joseph's Grave in Shechem. That's what they are doing on the Temple Mount. Now, it appears that they have also destroyed the famous Jericho Synagogue, 'Shalom al Yisrael.'
If, God forbid, Sharon gets his way and the rest of Yesha is transferred to the Arabs, we may be looking at that largest campaign ever seen to eradicate the traces of Jewish settlement here. Think of it! Shiloh, Susya, Ma'aleh Levona, Bet Knesset Avraham Avinu (for the second time!), Har Ebal's altar, the synagogue in Na'aran etc. etc will al be smashed to smithereens.
I know it sounds crazy, but like the Essenes who his their library two millenia ago, I think we need to rebury all of these sites in order to save them. If they're not in the Arabs' faces, may be they won't bother diggingh them up to destroy them...