Sunday, November 27, 2005

Chaye Sarah in Hebron//Publication of 'Dvar Hebron' by Rabbi Dov Lior

1. Chaye Sarah in Hebron

Yesterday Hebron celebrated the purchase of Ma'arat HaMachpela, bought almost 4,000 years ago by the Patriarch Abraham, to bury his wife, Sarah. Annually, as this Torah portion is read, thousands of people arrive in Hebron for Shabbat to hear these verses recited at the very site Abraham purchased.

This Shabbat, over 25,000 people from Israel and around the world, arrived in Hebron to participate in this special event. Hundreds traveled from the United States especially for this Shabbat, via Hebron's New York office, the Hebron Fund, and through AFSI. In addition, thousands of Israeli couples and youth were hosted by Hebron and Kiryat Arba families.

Youth slept in public buildings, prepared especially for Shabbat. Due to the warm weather, many also pitched tents in Hebron and Kiryat Arba. Shabbat meals were provided for those who made prior reservations.

Families in Hebron and Kiryat Arba hosted dozens of people in their homes, with guests sleeping on any available floor space.

Friday night, the multitudes gathered at Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, for evening worship. The entire building was open to Jewish worshipers, including Ohel Yitzhak, the Isaac Hall, open to Jews only 11 days during the year. Huge prayer services were held both inside and outside, in the Ma'ara courtyard. Thousands joyously sang and danced the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Following the evening meal, many of the guests attended classes and lectures in Hebron and Kiryat Arba. People could be seen roaming the streets of Hebron through the early hours of the morning.

At five thirty in the morning, thousands gathered for early morning prayers at Ma'arat HaMachpela. A 'central service' began at eight o'clock in Ohel Yitzhak, with thousands crowding in and participating. Hearing the ancient words chanted, written by a scribe on parchment, describing the lengthy negotiations leading to Abraham's purchase of the caves and field, almost four millennium ago, at that very site, left everyone in awe.

Following the services and afternoon meal, throngs toured Hebron's Jewish neighborhoods, with tours given in Hebrew, English, French and Russian. A festive 'third meal' was attended by hundreds of guests from the United States in the Gutnick Center.

Hebron leaders, extremely happy with the huge turnout, said that this was the largest "Chaye Sarah" Shabbat gathering ever. They expressed hope that Israeli politicians and world leaders would take note of the tremendous international support for Hebron's Jewish community. They also commented that such a strong show of support should assist in efforts to prevent the possible expulsion of Jewish families from the 'Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood, which was ordered to be implemented before the end of 2005.

2. A Second Celebration – Publication of 'Dvar Hebron' by Rabbi Dov Lior

Friday afternoon Rabbi Yitzhak Rodrig, dean of the Institute for Settlement Rabbis, arrived at the home of Hebron-Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi, Rav Dov Lior, with a special book in his possession. He presented Rav Lior with the first copy of "Dvar Hebron' – 'The Words of Hebron,' the first publication of Rav Lior's extensive writings. The 270 page book is a collection of Questions and Answers dealing with various aspects of Jewish law (Even HaEzer and Hoshen Mishpat).

In the book's introduction, Rav Lior writes: "I want to give thanks to the L-rd, who gave me the privilege of come to Eretz Yisrael and to save me from the days of holocaust, from 1940-1945 in Europe, years of bloodshed. I arrived at the doors of Torah in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem, where I studied under my teacher, Rav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook, zt"l, who not only taught me the legal aspects of Judaism for Rabbis and Judges, but also formed my spiritual essence, concerning my outlook on the acts of G-d, who saw the future at the beginning, who returned the exiled to Israel and who raised the ruins of our land. His viewing of faith saw in every act which accompanied the path of the redemption of Israel, the light of redemption, even when the path was filled with difficult complexities."

Rav Dov Lior, is known to be one of the 'Gedolie HaDor' – a Torah Giant. His has an extensive knowledge of all fields of Torah, and many have waited breathlessly for the publication of the first volume of his writings. The book is available via the Institute of Settlement Rabbis (in Hebrew) and can be ordered at: mahevron@zahav.net.il

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Likud Central Committee in Hebron

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A group of over 70 members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron. They were greeted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who toured with them. At the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood [www.hebron.com/news/mitzpeshalhevet.htm] they met with families who are threated with expulsion from their homes.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The police – at it again


  1. The police – at it again
    Pictures: http://www.hebron.com/news/emeidadarrest.htm

This morning the Hebron police showed up at Beit Hadassah at 6:30. Bright and early, almost in time for Rosh Hodesh (New Month) morning prayer services. They had two targets: a mother of nine and a 13-year old girl.

First they started looking for the 13-year old. There were dozens of them, regular police, detectives, riot squad, and officers, including the Hebron city police chief and the regional police chief. All there, looking for 13 year old Chenia. And waiting down the street, across from the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, dozens more, waiting to be called. (An aside: Chenya is about as large as my pinky.)

The forces had only one problem: they didn't know were Chenya lived. So they searched for a while and then gave up, temporarily.

What was the awful crime Chenya is accused of? About a year and a half ago, when Chenya was 11, one of her neighborhood friends, arrested near Beit Hadassah, was to be taken to the Hebron Police Station. She asked Chenya to accompany her, so she wouldn't be alone. Chenya asked the police if she could come with her friend, and was answered positively. So, both of them climbed into the police van and traveled a few minutes to the police station. When they arrived Chenya found herself being accused, questioned, and booked for disturbing a policeman in the course of his duty. Today, the trial was supposed to begin. The police came to take Chenya, insuring that she would appear in court for the trial. But, as already explained, they couldn't find her apartment.

So, the police went after their next victim, mother of nine, Etti Meidad. The beginning of Etti Meidad's saga can be read at: http://www.hebron.com/news/emeidadarrest2.htm

The last time Etti was apprehended, in the beginning of August, she spent a month in jail with her 9 month old infant girl, before a judge released her, both from her cell and from her obligation to appear in court. However, the judge changed his mind and issued a warrant, which permitted the police to arrest her should she refuse to sign it, and deposit 1,000 shekels bond, insuring her appearance in court.

When the police knocked on her door at about 8:30 this morning, Etti was still asleep. The police, upset at being ignored, broke the door down, and marched into the apartment. About an hour later, Etti, accompanied by her husband Zangi (Director of Honenu), and a string of children, made her way down stairs to an awaiting police van. Together with infant Miriam, she left for Jerusalem, again, arrested and in custody.

When arriving in Jerusalem, the police immediately took their victim to court, to appear before the judge, who was quite surprised to see them. This, because he had signed a warrant ordering Etti Meidad to be brought before him tomorrow, not today. He immediately threw the police out of the courtroom and refused to listen to them. Rather than release Etti, they decided to keep her (illegally, it seems), in custody.

Israeli law demands that babies and young children, while in a car, be placed in a special car seat. Before leaving Hebron, Etti and Zangi requested that their baby daughter be so protected, in the police vehicle. However, the police, not being prepared to deal with infants, decided to take Etti and Miriam without a car seat. On the way back to Hebron from Jerusalem, they had an accident, and Miriam, flying from her mother's arms, was hit on the head. Fortunately, her injury is not serious.

For the time being, Etti is still in custody.

After Etti was taken away the police returned to their original goal: looking for 13-year old Chenya. By this time they had located her apartment, but, lo and behold, when they knocked on the door, no one answered. Here too, the door was in danger of destruction, but being massive, much more so than the Meidad's door, the police, surprisingly, decided to leave without breaking it down. So they gathered their tools and left, until next time…tomorrow, or the day after, or, maybe even tonight. Never fear, they will return.

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