Reflections on the 9th Day of Av (Tish’a’ Be’Av)

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #181, August 01, 2005

1.  The Ninth Day of the 11th Jewish month of Av (August 14, 2005) commemorates a series of major Jewish calamities:

Impact of Israel’s “Disengagement” (uprooting Jewish communities) from Gaza on US Interests

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #180, July 15, 2005

1. Congressional oversight requires an examination (hearing) of the impact of Israel’s “disengagement” (retreat) from terrorist strongholds in Gaza and Samaria on US interests in general and on the safety of US GIs in Iraq/Afghanistan in particular.


Ynet Hebrew edition, July 06, 2005

U.S. President Bush presented his Reagan-style worldview in his June 28,  2005 speech to the nation: No "disengagement" (retreat) from - but a decisive offensive on - terrorism, on the terrorists own breeding grounds.

Chanukah: "Rebellion Against Tyrants Is Obedience to God.”

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #186, June 12, 2005

1. CHANUKAH, THE HOLIDAY OF EDUCATION. The Hebrew root of Chanukah is identical to that of "education" (Chinuch).  According to the first book of The Maccabees, the Jewish People was instructed to observe an eight day holiday on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, in order to commemorate the "dedication" (Chanukah in Hebrew) of the Temple's holy altar, following Syrian occupation and desecration. Chanukah consists of two words - CHANU (they rested/stationed) and KAH (25), which refers to the 25th day of the month of Kislev.  Some suggest that the celebration of Christmas on December 25th and the celebration of the New Year 8 days later, have their origin in the 25th day of Kislev (always around December) and the 8 days of Chanukah as well as the eight days of circumcision.

Israel's outgoing Chairman of the Joint C-o-S: Disengagement Fuels War!

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #179, June 09, 2005

1.  Public support of “Disengagement” plummeted to 48%, down from 70% a few weeks ago.  According to polls, while support has been soft, the opposition to "Disengagement" has been solid.  Recent polls have been conducted while the entire media has been deployed in support of "Disengagement", denying opponents an equal platform. 

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