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Terror Victim Esther Horgen’s Artwork Lives on in ‘Scroll of Esther’

Late last year, Esther Horgen, a mother of six, went for a hike in the Reihan forest. Palestinian arab terrorist Muhammad Mruh Kabha laid in wait and brutally murdered her.

The vicious crime shocked Israel and left her husband, 6 children and grandchildren bereaved and mourning for the loss of their mother and wife. Her family has since embarked on a journey to keep Esther’s memory alive.



A vibrant and talented woman, Esther Horgen left a tremendous legacy through her family, her words and her artwork. These all came together in The Israel Bible Scroll of Esther, featuring Esther’s beautiful illustrations and uplifting poetry, alongside the text of the Megillah in Hebrew and English, and a new commentary from Rabbi Tuly Weisz.



The Israel Bible Scroll of Esther can be purchased here. Proceeds from the sale of this volume will go to developing the Esther Horgen Memorial Forest and Park in Tal Menashe, the site of her murder, so that it will remain a place of peace, not a forest of fear.

Heartbreaking. May G-d avenge Esther's blood!
 

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The state of Michigan at 9 million population, almost matches Israel.
And yet, all of Israel would fit comfortably within its lake.
With such zero defensive depth, you can understand Israel's need to keep mortal enemies like Iran at bay, even to the extent of pre-emptive action to remove existential threats.

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Ministry of Transportation: Green light for the "Gulf to Gulf" project

The project will make it possible to transport goods coming from Jordan and the Arabian Gulf by Jezreel valley train, directly to Israeli ports. The cost of the project is estimated at NIS 3.5 billion and will include the construction of a double 15-kilometer railway between Beit She'an and the Sheikh Hussein crossing.



The National Infrastructure Committee (VTL) is currently discussing the deposit of the huge transportation project promoted by the Minister of Transportation and Road Safety by Miri Regev. The project will continue the valley railway, which connects Beit She'an and Afula to the coastal railway, and will reach the new train station and the cargo terminal at the border crossing with Jordan. An important step in advancing the plan for a rail connection between Beit She'an and the Sheikh Hussein crossing towards a future connection to the depths of the Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf.

Minister Regev: "The Gulf to the Gulf project is a mega-project that will change the face of the regional economy in the Middle East and will connect Israel to many countries in the region by rail and will be a gateway to the Mediterranean for them. This is an economic line that makes the countries of the Middle East an island of economic power and stability based on reciprocity and peace. Today we are laying the groundwork for real regional economic peace. The Abraham accords led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are the driving force behind the realization of this vision, and the approval of the plan is the beginning of the realization of the vision for reality and a historic change in the face of the region. "

The plan will complete the main section of the inter-regional railway line, which will connect Haifa Gulf to the Arabian Gulf, via Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The railway will connect the train station in Beit She'an with the Sheikh Hussein (Jordan River) crossing on the Israel-Jordan border.

The project will enable the transportation of cargo between Israel and Jordan and significantly reduce the load of truck traffic on the roads, and complete the network of passenger tracks according to the strategic plan of Israel Railways for 2040.

The project will make it possible to transport goods coming from Jordan and the Arabian Gulf by Jezreel train, directly to Israeli ports. Today, the goods are transported by truck, some using the "back-to-back" method, in which the goods are loaded from Jordanian trucks to Israeli trucks on their way to the ports of Haifa and Ashdod.

The cost of the project is estimated at three and a half billion shekels and includes the construction of a double track route of about 15 kilometers and a system of bridges and tunnels, level separations of the track at the junction with roads 71 and 90, bridges over streams, and diversion of road 90, which will improve road safety.

Later in the project, the railway will be connected by the Sheikh Hussein Bridge (Jordan River) to the Jordanian railway network, and will serve as a land bridge to the east. It should be noted that the valley train was a branch of the Hijazi train that traveled between Haifa via Tzemach, to Damascus in Syria.

The Jezreel valley Railway will in the future serve as a regional transport corridor for the movement of goods between Europe and the Middle East, and will form a connection to the Mediterranean Sea and a bridge of peace. The line will improve the connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan and from there to the Arabian Gulf and will serve as a complementary corridor to the maritime traffic route that surrounds the Arabian Peninsula.

Upon completion of the railway, the Port of Haifa will be directly connected to the eastern border of the State of Israel, and will allow efficient and smooth movement of trade between East and West, by train. Along the route of the line, 3 trains in each direction will be operated during peak hours, in the morning and in the afternoon.

This is a strategic project that will enable the expansion and growth of trade between the Arab Gulf countries and the Mediterranean ports, while connecting Haifa Bay with the Arabian Gulf and paving the sailboats. The growth of trade between these countries and the State of Israel has broad implications, which are also an economic lever for increasing existing trade and a potential lever for the existence of economic peace in the Middle East.


 
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'Eden Ben Zaken - Malkat HaShoshanim (The Queen of Roses)

 

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Noam Chomsky likes to talk about how "Israel was admired during the 1970's",
and now "becoming a pariah state, that receives increasingly lonely US support."

Well, below is a map showing in red countries that don't recognize Israel,
during the 1970's and today...




Q. Can anyone ask Chomsky,
what percentage of world's population is India?
 
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Agam Buhbut - Yahalom (Diamond)

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Yishai Ribo - Sibat HaSibot (The Reason Of All Reasons)

Blow the spirit back in me, take the rain off me
I had a sea of time to rest, I actually got used to it a bit
And in the open space, You can see the sun on the horizon
No doubt I'm sure, at the end the road will be clearer

Just open for us the Gates of Faith,
Gates of Understanding
That we have no king ...

But You, the reason of all reasons
The cause of all causes
Awesome of glory
And only to You appropriate to thank
For all the days and all the nights

We exited Noah's boat to a different reality
To redeem the prisoners of power and trapped in the net
Also receive the black and white, with all the colors of the rainbow
Mishnah Avot, Chapter 3: "favorite is human for being created in the image"

Just open for us Gates of Containment, Gates of Beginning
Because we do not have a king ...
But You, the reason of all reasons
The cause of all causes
Awesome of glory
And only to You appropriate to thank
For all the days and all the nights

 
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Rabbi Ouri Sherki - The origin of Tefilin

Therefore we have to understand,
if the Torah said Tefilin are for the memory of the exodus from Egypt, how so?

Very simple, since Pharaohs of Egypt were wearing Tefillin of their own,
therefore the Torah said for the memory of Exodus your own Egyptian symbol.
If you go to see ancient Egyptian artifacts in a museum, You'll see them wearing
exactly at the place we put the Tefillin, they have a small snake.

What is this snake? It's their royal symbol.
The Torah said about Egypt: "Her voice as a snake will go" (Yirmiyah 46).
So the Torah says, You leave Egypt, so You have something Egyptian in a different shape.
Instead of circular like a snake, it's rectangular.

Yes what Rambam says, and the Kaballists, about borrowing sparks,
if You think about it, it comes from the same source.

You know, there's a Viennese pastry, called 'Croissant',
heard about it?

What's its source?

Exactly, when the Muslims, the Turks stopped at the gates Vienna,
and didn't manage to conquer the city - in memory of that,
they made crescent looking pastry, as if eating the Turk.
The 'ears of Haman' cookies, exactly the same idea.

Therefore if You understand deeply,
putting Tefillin and exodus, it's asking for it.

 
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From the coverage they get in the media – newspapers, magazines, websites, social media, blogs, YouTube videos, etc. – one would think Jews represent a significant portion of the world’s population, not the miniscule 0.2 percent they actually do.

But if their numbers are so small, why is there such disproportionate coverage of Jews and Israel?

And there are those who suggest that if an obsession with Jews does exist, is it mostly a Western phenomenon. If you go to Ethiopia or Tibet, they ask, will you find an obsession with Jews there?

The skeptics may be on to something, but only to a point. Because one can’t escape the fact that there is plenty of negative sentiment toward Jews on every continent. And in many instances it’s far more than mere negative sentiment – it’s outright hostility and indeed an all-out negative obsession with Jews and Israel.

 

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Gadi Taub in conversation with Mealnie Philips about British antisemitism, and the abject failure of multiculturalism

 

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Qatar to pour US$60 million into new Israel-Gaza gas pipeline

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- Qatar pledged US$60 million on Thursday to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip, the Qatari government said, a project that aims to ease the energy crisis that long has afflicted the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

Natural gas now flowing through a pipeline in Israel from the eastern Mediterranean will be transported via a new extension into Gaza, the Qatari Foreign Ministry announced on its website. The eastern Mediterranean has become one of the world's major offshore drilling zones, with lucrative deepwater gas fields recently discovered in Israel's territorial waters.

The European Union also has pledged over $24,448,800 to fund the pipeline on the Gaza side of the border, the ministry added.


The statement did not give a date for the pipeline's completion. But the official confirmation of funding after weeks of anticipation signals a diplomatic breakthrough between the many parties to the project: Europeans, Israelis, Palestinians and Qataris.

Israel and Hamas, an Islamic militant group that governs Gaza, are bitter enemies and have fought three wars and numerous other skirmishes since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. The rounds of violence, coupled with a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade and infighting with the rival Palestinian Authority, have helped precipitate a financial collapse in the enclave.

Gaza has just one power plant and struggles with frequent and widespread electricity outages.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh praised Qatari and European support, saying the project would “solve the electricity problem absolutely,” according to the Qatari statement.

The small, energy-rich Gulf nation of Qatar has become a major donor to the Palestinians, providing $20 million to Gaza each month since 2018. The money has paid for badly needed electricity, helped Hamas cover the salaries of its civil servants and provided monthly $100 million stipends to scores of impoverished families. Qatar has provided additional funds for development hospitals like roads and hospitals.

Qatari aid, delivered with Israeli consent, has provided some relief to the local economy and is seen as a factor in preventing simmering tensions between Israel and Hamas from boiling over into renewed conflict.

 

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Congratulations to Ya'alah Ashwagah,
the first orthodox naval officer in the IDF!


Ya'alah is Elkanah girls school graduate,
and grew up as an apprentice and as an instructor in Beni 'Akiva.

And she — along with national service girls and IDF female soldiers — expresses the spirit of volunteerism and contribution she was educated on.

 
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Prof. Eran Segal: Nearly 90% of Israeli adults vaccinated against coronavirus

Professor Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science on Thursday morning reported that 87% of Israelis over age 16 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

A total of 349,000 (5.5%) in the general sector have recovered from coronavirus, and 2,653,000 (42%) are at least one week after the first dose of the vaccine, with 719,000 (11%) at least two weeks after the second dose and 430,000 (6.8%) up to two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine.

Another 615,000 (10%) are neither recovered from nor vaccinated against coronavirus. There are 1,551,000 (25%) children under 16 among the general sector's population.

The sector with the lowest vaccination rates is the Arab sector, in which just 64% of the population has either recovered from coronavirus or received the first dose of the vaccine.
In this sector, 126,000 (7%) are recorded as recovering from coronavirus, and 301,000 (17%) received the first dose of the vaccine at least a week ago. Another 156,000 (8.6%) are over two weeks after their second dose of the vaccine, and 197,000 (11%) are up to two weeks after their second dose.

Among haredim, 72% of those over 16 have either recovered from the virus or received at least the first dose of the vaccine.

A total of 191,000 (20%) of haredim recovered from coronavirus, and 132,000 (14%) received the first dose of the vaccine at least one week ago. Another 55,000 (5.7%) are at least two weeks after their second dose of the vaccine, and 36,000 (3.8%) are up to two weeks after their second vaccine.

A full 158,000 (17%) of haredim neither recovered from coronavirus nor received the vaccine. The sector has 381,000 (40%) children under age 16.

 

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South American immigrants arrive in Israel after 40 days in limbo

A group of 137 immigrants from Brazil and Argentina landed in Israel on Monday after 40 days of limbo brought about by Israel’s closure of its main international airport last month and Europe’s restriction on Latin Americans making connections through its airports.

Part of the group was slated to fly out of Sao Paulo in January, but those plans were shelved after Israel shut down all but emergency and cargo flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Jan. 24. The airport partially reopened two weeks later, but entries were limited and further complicated by the inability to make connecting flights through Europe. Currently there are no scheduled direct flights between Brazil and Israel.

“There were moments when I thought we’d give up. It was a continuous exercise of patience, persistence and wish,” said Geni Gelman, who had been staying with her 89-year-old mother at a hotel at the Rio airport since Jan. 23.

Most of the immigrants had resigned from their jobs, given up their homes and withdrawn their children from school in advance of the scheduled Jan. 25 flight. Some passengers from remote cities in Brazil had flown to Sao Paulo and were staying at hotels in anticipation of their flight to Israel.

The logjam was broken thanks to a partnership between the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that helps facilitate immigration to Israel. The organizations teamed up to charter a plane and secure authorizations enabling the immigrants to be included among the 200 arrivals allowed into Israel each day.
“When the aliyah (immigration to Israel - ed.) organizations work together, unity makes strength,” said Gladis Berezowsky, the president of Olim do Brasil, a nonprofit that serves as the official voice of Brazilian immigrants in Israel.

Since 2016, an average of 650 individuals have immigrated to Israel from Brazil each year. The tough economic climate in Brazil, combined with urban violence and political corruption, have been driving factors for Brazilians seeking an improved quality of life in Israel.
“The flight was sublime, one of the most emotional things of my life,” said Ricardo Balassiano, who arrived in Israel with his wife, two children and his wife’s parents. “The general feeling is that it was all worth it after all.”


 
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Idan Raichel with Nasrin Brachah Kadri - (Ya Mama)

Written by Shim'on Buskilah.



and the original

 

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Weekly Torah Portion - 'Ki Tisa' :
Then the Tabernacle, Now the Land (Ki Tisa 2021)


Baruch Gordon discusses the campaign in Exodus Chap. 30 for the building materials to construct the Tabernacle and Sanctuary, and tells how we can participate in like construction today.

 

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