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Thursday, January 26, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 16 "Parshat Va'Era" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.
This issue is filled with Aliyah and Eretz Yisrael inspiration - so enjoy!

In this issue you will find:

1. "Shalom From Israel!" by Adam Israel Burnat
2. "Save The Diaspora" a Jerusalem Post Editorial
3. "Save the Diaspora - Why?" by Ze'ev Orenstein

Check it out at the KUMMUNIQUE HOME
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Vote Kumah In The JIB Blog Award Finals

Thanks to everyone's support in round one of voting Kumah has advanced to the finals in 5 out of 6 of the categories we were nominated. Also, my personal blog (Kumah blogger Pinchas's Point of Pinchas) which is often cross posted with Kumah was nominated as well for the Gush Katif Photo Series.

So if you have two minutes click on the links below, select us from the dropdown and click vote!

Best 'Life in Israel' Blog: Vote Kumah!

Best Jewish Religion Blog: Vote Kumah!

Best Series: Vote: Point of Pinchas!

Best Post: Vote Kumah!

Best Overall Blog: Vote Kumah!

Best Group Blog: Vote Kumah!

Thanks so much for you support. And remember according to the rules you are allowed to vote once every three days so literally "vote early and vote often!"

Spead the word and thanks for your support!
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Thursday, January 19, 2006


Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.
This issue is filled with Aliyah and Eretz Yisrael inspiration - so enjoy!

In this issue you will find:

1. "Some Days It's Hard To Live In Israel" by Malkah Fleisher
2. "Parshat Shemot" by Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Reich
3. "Israel's Jewish Population Surpasses United States" by Ezra HaLevi
4. "Aliya? To Which Country?" By Jack Engelhard

Check it out at the KUMMUNIQUE HOME
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Monday, January 16, 2006

From Israel with love...

It is all too easy, living in Israel, to get caught up in all of the challenges that are facing the Jewish People in State; to get caught up in all of the negativity and cynicism, and in the process forget how truly special a place the Jewish State of Israel is, and how fortunate one is to be able to live here today - challenges and all.

Yesterday, a colleague of mine at work went to the post office to pick up some stamps. When she returned from the post office, she took a look at the sheet of stamps that she had purchased and was pleasantly surprised by what she saw (Hint: Scroll up).

It's the little things that make living here so special. There's nowhere else in the world where one can learn Torah from a stamp; there's no other place in the world where it is just feels so natural to see a stamp like this being sold in the post office and affixed to letters that you get in the mail (this stamp is only one set of a larger series).

Only in Israel...

Cross Posted at Israel Perspectives
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Friday, January 13, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 14 "Vayechi" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.
This issue is filled with Aliyah and Eretz Yisrael inspiration - so enjoy!

In this issue you will find:

1. "A Letter From Brocha"
2. "The Jewschool - Kumah Debate" by Yishai Fleisher
3. "True Jewish Heroes" by Ze'ev Orenstein
4. "A Question of Belonging" by Elaine Margolin

Check it out at the KUMMUNIQUE HOME

Also, check out a new picture-post of our USA trip below!
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Our Trip To The US And Back!

Malkah and I have just returned from our trip to the US. It was mostly a family trip, and we were glad for the opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones. When making Aliyah, it is super-important to stay connected with those you left behind (until they too arrive!)

Along the way we had many adventures, miracles, and of course, shopping (we are real Israelis now!). Seeing NYC again gave me perspective about Israel and the Galut. I saw why the US seems so attractive, and why Israel seems so scary from far away.

Yet we did not really leave Israel, rather we were its emissaries, Shluchim of Eretz Yisrael. Wherever I went, people spoke to me about Kumah, Arutz Sheva, and of course, our new Matrix Movie. Everywhere we went, we tried to kindle the spirit of Israel - but without pushing too hard. People can read your face, smell your scent, and know many things with you telling them. Sometime "Shalom Aleichem" says more about Israel than the hard sell.

America and the US are two worlds. When you are in the US you can easily forget about Israel. When you are in Israel you ask yourself what where doing in the US all that time.

Malkah and I are happy to be back home. Yet we were very happy to reconnect with our family in the US, and the chance to help others who are not-yet-here connect to the Miracle of Israel. Enjoy the pics...

The chocolate cow at Ben Gurion says: "I already miss you"

And yet... Here we are - in NYC!

Menorah in the Fire Fighter's store

What do Howard Stern...

...and Rav Meir Kahane have in common? Nothing.

Visiting the grandparents in Florida

Visiting the graves of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his father-in-law, the 'Previous Rebbe'

Helping my sister move dorms at Columbia

Speaking at Hillside NJ at the home of Jeff and Pam Cohen

Awesome Kumah get-together at J2 Pizza over Hanukkah

Visiting my brother at Yeshiva University

At B&H electronics mega-store in NYC - the store is run by Hassidic Jews

American Jews concerned with Israel - the box reads: "Saving the Nation and the Land"

When will "Sham" (there) turn into "Po" (here)???

The world is fixated on Israel

Back in Ben Gurion - sign reads: "Come quickly home!"

Humus sweet humus - sign reads: "The Taste of Israel Rocks!"
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

An Open Letter To JewSchool and Jewlicious

Dear JewSchool and Jewlicious,

A steady flow of web traffic continues to stream into Kumah's Aliyah Revolution website where folks continue to enjoy the flash film.

We've also been receiving some amazing feedback. We'll get to that later. But we also received some, uhm, let's call it, not so positive feedback. Most notably in this vein were your two very popular Jewish blogs: JewSchool and Jewlicious.

Mobius of JewSchool posted a well thought out piece on how our premise was way off base because in fact, there is no exile today. Notable he also parethetically stated he was, in his own words, "put off by the whole Third Temple thing." I say notable because he has correctly identified precisely the message of Neo-Zionism without realizing it.

Kumah's definition of Neo-Zionism declares "the future of Israel is not only about creating a defensive haven for Jews; rather, it is about the triumphant and noble future of the people of Israel in the Land of Israel."


Neo-Zionism is a direct attack on Post-Zionism. Post-Zionism a subversive anti-ideology, claiming that the monumental project of building a Jewish country and unifying all Jews within its borders, has peaked and is now on the decline. While post-Zionism means that the Zionist project is over, Neo-Zionism proclaims a renewal of the Zionist spirit to build and be built in Israel.

Clearly the physical galut is over. This is exactly why there is little future for the classical Zionist mindset. Indeed classical Zionism has already fulfilled its mission of ending the physical galut spectacularly. The spiritual galut however remains as strong as ever. Today Jews, both religious and non-religious alike, don't fully understand the meaning of being a Jew nor our imperative national mission.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston elaborates on this point in his new book Talking About Eretz Yisroel: The Profound and Essential Meaning of Making Aliyah.

Perhaps one of the most devastating effects of exile on the Jewish people is how practical it has made us. Practical to the point of living contrary to some of the most important Torah ideals, such as bitachon and emunah - trust and faith - in God. We have become, over the centuries, so sensible about everything that we do that our line of reasoning matches that of the gentile nations amongst whom we live in areas in which we ought to be different...

Being a Jew, Rabbi Winston explains: about being spiritual opportunists, which means constantly seeking out and understanding where true spiritual opportunity resides, and then pursuing it without a fear for what it may cost us in terms of material success and comfort. And, it is about using belief as a means to see, an ability we seem to have let fall by the wayside as we settled into this final exile in advance of Moshiach's arrival. Hence, there is little that is physically-practical, on the outside, about making aliyah. But, given the nature of the Jew and the goals of the nation, Eretz Yisroel is the most spiritually-practical place in the world for a Jew to live.

For many Jews this is a very difficult pill to swallow. How could all the comforts of the exile be, as Dr. Moseus tells Neo, "a prison for your soul?" Neo however, without hesitating swallows this very pill and afterwards everything else falls into place.

If it's the spirituality you are after, nothing else matters... not even a raise. After all money can't buy you spirituality.

Mobius, if you are "put off" by the Third Temple you are "put off" by spirituality. The Third Beit HaMikdash is the very essence of spirituality. Of course without any spirituality we agree you are correct - our very premise is completely off base. But it is this age-old line of thinking, which Rabbi Winston refers to, that is exactly from what Neo proclaims you must "free your mind."

Jewlicious, you also, did not appreciate what Neo-Zionism means. The very title of Michael's blog posting Religious Zionism makes it to 1999 (Warning: link contains profanities) inaccurately attributed Kumah's motive for the film to "Religious Zionism." In that vein, Micheal continued to rant in a rather animated fashion about how bat... hmm, about how off base we were with the film.

Michael, we agree with you if you use classical Religious Zionism as your yardstick. We however use Neo-Zionism. If you think Neo-Zionism sounds crazy - it is precisely because you have yet to free you mind. And another secret, you can be trapped in the spiritual exile even if you are residing in the very Old City of Jerusalem! This is about finding God and finding spirituality regardless of whether you already own a Teudat Zehut.

Cherry tomatoes, tasty as they are, have nothing to it.

CK, one of the founders of Jewlicious diplomatically posted a comment on our website.

This is from the end of that comment:
Michael who wrote the post in question just made aliyah. He's the kind of person you need to appeal to and if he was turned off by the production, how will people not as committed to Zionism react?

Again - that's the point. We are not talking about Zionism. We are introducing Neo-Zionism.

CK continues:
So please accept our criticism in the spirit that it was meant. forgive us also if you found our irreverent tone offensive. Take something positive from what we said and hopefully your future efforts will be more effective.

I wish I could be more positive. You all clearly worked very, very hard on the animation - technically it's pretty impressive. I just honestly don't think it will have any impact beyond those who already share your beliefs and are already committed to aliyah.

Now CK - just below your comment another visitor, Yitzchak, posted this:
At first glance I thought I was seeing the Matrix all over again. Then something inside of me my "neshama" starting rumbling. I completely understood and agreed with your character Neo. I believe as Jews we all have an inate (sic.) desire to return to OUR homeland! Your film simply motivates me and I am certain other Jews to do what we know we NEED to do! Sending money to Israel is one thing. Living in Eretz Yisroel and being a part of our past and future is a much more powerful choice we can all make! I commend you on making such a powerful film and really showing each of us what we can do to make Israel a better place. Please keep up the good work and know that you have at least convinced one more Jew to return HOME!

Hatzlacha in all your future endeavors and Todah Rabah!!

CK, know that we at Kumah do forgive you guys for that tone you took, but ask that you meet Yitzchak, a Jew that has freed his mind!

Or meet Yair K. who e-mailed us this along with heaps of other similar email that landed in our inbox:
I saw the film and checked out the website and it made me realize how I've been putting off Aliyah and and I wanted to make my first step by joining the army. How do I go about making it happen?

Or meet Kathy who blogged as follows:
I've seen it three times. It's made me cry three times. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Mobius, Michael and CK, Jews everywhere are freeing their minds! Help us get the message out. It's about Neo-Zionism. It's about being a Jew - but being a Jew the way a Jew was meant to be a Jew!

Signed with Ahavat Chinam,
Your Brothers and Sisters at Kumah
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Sunday, January 01, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 13 "Zot Hanukkah" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.
This issue is filled with Aliyah and Eretz Yisrael inspiration - so enjoy!

In this issue you will find:

1. "Israel In The Exile" by Malkah Fleisher
2. "Three Crises" by Yishai Fleisher
3. "Israel Immigration Marks First Jump Since Uprising" by Steven Scheer
4. "After Katrina Doors Open For New Oleh" by Jason Silberman

Check it out at:

Watch our new Flash Film:

See a great Aliyah photo essay:
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