Elul 5760 September 2000
A VOICE FROM HEBRON
And the Jewish people were afraid and said to Moses: “HOW CAN WE GO UP? OUR BROTHERS HAVE DISCOURAGED OUR HEART SAYING, THE PEOPLE IS GREATER AND TALLER THAN WE; THE CITIES ARE GREAT…AND WE HAVE SEEN GIANTS THERE” (Deuteronomy 1:28) Had they accepted the Divine Command and entered Israel immediately, they would not have wandered 40 years in the desert. The mitzvah to possess the Land is eternal. There is a permanent and irrevocable connection between the People of Israel, and Land of Israel, and no one can sever it.
INQUISITION AND THE NEW WORLD:
In 1630, the Dutch conquered the northeastern provinces of Brazil from Portugal. The Dutch, being tolerant of Judaism also then made Recife, Brazil become a haven for Jews who escaped the Inquisition, because the European Jews were forced to practice Judaism in secret while outwardly pretending to be Catholic.
Recently the New York Times carried a headline, saying “A Brazilian City Resurrects its Buried Past.” and just off the dock area, in the busiest block, is the most unusual ‘Archeological’ project in Brazil. Brazil is excavating and reconstructing the first synagogue built in the New World (1600’s).
When the Portuguese forced the Dutch out, later, along with the Jews “…some of those Jews made their way to America where they founded New York’s Jewish community.”
HEBRON. Hebron is derived from the word l’chaber – to connect, or chaver – friend, because in Hebron we connect with our true friends - the Patriarchs, the Matriarchs, and Adam and Eve, who lived in the Garden of Eden.
When Moses sent spies to scout out the land, they trembled because they saw themselves as “grass-hoppers” next to the giants who inhabited the land, but Calev stood proud and strong; from whence did Calev gain his strength? The Torah teaches, he separated himself and went to Hebron to pray. Hebron was given to Calev as his inheritance “because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.” (Joshua 14:14) Centuries later David made Hebron the first capital of Israel. And still later, when the Holy Temple was built in Jerusalem, before they would begin the services, the Kohanim looked to see if the sun had risen over Hebron, and only then would the service commence in Jerusalem.
Throughout the centuries Jews have dreamt, prayed, and hoped for Hebron, and this generation has been privileged to see the return of Hebron to her children. (excerpts; Rebbetzin Dr. Esther Jungreis)
THE J T A.
Weekly News Digest:
The FBI arrested 18 people in Charlotte N.C. for alleged involvement in a cigarette-smuggling ring that raised money for Hezbollah (terrorists)…They were indicted on immigration violations, weapons offenses, money laundering, and cigarette trafficking…..
A Philadelphia area man faces deportation after a judge revoked his US citizenship, citing “incontrovertible” evidence that the retired machinist worked as a SS guard at three Nazi concentration camps.
The judge ruled that Theodor Szehinskyj, 76, would not have been allowed to immigrate to the USA in 1950 if he had not hidden his wartime activities.
Preliminary tenders for Israel’s first major seawater desalination plant has been advertised. Lake Kinneret continues to plummet. Water experts noted that supplies of drinking water next year and the fate of agriculture will be entirely dependent on rainfall this winter.
Israel’s Water Commissioner’s office has established a special ‘watchdog unit’ to crack down on water-wasters. The inspectors are looking for people watering gardens, or parks etc. etc. during the daylight hours. Fines up to NIS 500 for each incident.
Czech Foreign Minister, Jan Kavan, discovered concrete evidence that his grandmother was murdered by the Nazis in the Buchenwald concentration Camp, while he was visiting Yad Vashem in Israel. Kavan found her listed in the Hall of Names in the Book of ‘Terezin’ which lists Czechoslovakian Jews killed by the Nazis.
PRESIDENT KATSAV, of Israel:
Theaters and Circuses turn into places of
“Behold days are coming…when I will send hunger into the land, not a hunger for bread nor a thirst for water, but to hear the words of Hashem (G-d)” (Amos 8) refers to this generation as a growing population searches for true purpose behind the wondrous creation of the world.
The prophecy of the Sages are coming to pass: “The amphitheaters and circuses of Edom are where the princes of Judah are destined to teach Torah in public” (Megilla 6a)