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Friday, July 28, 2006


Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.

This issue is filled the awesome Kiddush Hashem of Western Aliyah that is coming to Israel in a time of war. These past two weeks have seen amazing media coverage of the courage and tenacity of the Jewish people's return to the Land of Israel. I have included some of the best articles that have appeared. Please enjoy this very special, and extra-long, issue of Kummunique.

In this issue you will find:

1. "New Arrivals Remind Us Of Our Destiny" by Alan D. Abbey
2. "Missiles Don't Deter Planeload Of Immigrants From North America" By Dina Kraft
3. "Former Monsey Woman To Publish Book On Experiences In Israel" by Hema Easley
4. "Newly Arrived Immigrants Struggle To Cope With Their First Taste Of War" by By Daphna Berman
5. "Peace In Jerusalem's Anglo Scene" by Jacob Berkman
6. "Olmert: These Days Demand Sacrifice" by Moran Zelikovich

Check it all out at THE KUMMUNIQUE HOME

Also, enjoy our new hour-long audio from the last Nefesh B'Nefesh arrival
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Today (29th of Tammuz) is the Yartzeit of Ze'ev Vladimir Jabotinsky

Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky (1880-1940) was born on October 18, 1880, in the city of Odessa, Russia. At the age of 18, he left for Italy and Switzerland to study law, and served as a correspondent for several well - known Russian newspapers. His reports and articles were widely read and soon became recognized as one of the brilliant exponents of Russian journalism. All his reports and articles were signed with his literary pseudonym ?Altalena.?

The pogrom against the Jews of Kishinev in 1903 spurred Jabotinsky to undertake Zionist activity. He organized self­defense units and fought for Jewish minority rights in Russia. Jabotinsky was elected as a delegate to the 6th Zionist Congress, the last in which Theodore Herzl participated. During this period, Jabotinsky was active in spreading the Hebrew language and culture throughout Russia, and the establishment of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, he left for the front as a newspaper correspondent. While in Alexandria, he met Joseph Trumpeldor and, from then onward, worked for the establishment of the Jewish Legion. Jabotinsky was not interested in the creation of an auxiliary unit, and, upon reaching London, took energetic steps until the final confirmation was received in August 1917 of the creation of the first Jewish Legion. Jabotinsky also served as a Lieutenant and participated in the assault of the Jordan River crossings and the conquest of E­salt in the campaign to free Eretz Israel (Palestine) from Turkish rule. During Passover in 1920, Jabotinsky stood at the head of the resistence in Jerusalem against Arab riots and was condemned by the British Mandatory Government to 15 years hard labor. Following the public outcry against the verdict, he received amnesty and was released from Acre prison.

In 1923, the youth movement Betar (Brith Joseph Trumpeldor) was created. The new youth movement aimed at educating its members with a military and nationalistic spirit and Jabotinsky stood at its head. During the years 1928-­1929, he resided in Palestine and edited the Hebrew daily Doar Hayom while, at the same time, undertaking increased political activity. In 1929, he left the country on a lecture tour after which the British administration denied him re­entry into the country. From then onwards he lived in the Diaspora until his death.

In the 1930s, Jabotinsky visited Poland and warned the Jews there of the impending disaster that would engulf them. His warnings went largely unheeded and were vehemently attacked by the anti-Zionist Bund. On Tisha B'av 1938, the traditional date of the fall of the first and second temples, Jabotinsky wrote in Warsaw:

It is already THREE years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of World Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became grey and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brother and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava. I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently, then drive me out of your midst! However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this twelfth hour: In the name of G-d! Let anyone of you save himself, as long as there is still time, and time there is very little.

What else I would like to say to you on this day of Tisha B'Av is whoever of you will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding - the rebirth and rise of a Jewish state. I don't know if I will be privileged to see it, but my son will! I believe in this, as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.

Eliminate the Diaspora or the Diaspora will surely eliminate you.

The warning went unheeded. The The Jewish Bund in Poland ridiculed Jabotinsky as a "paper general."

In 1937, the Irgun Tzvai Leumi (I.Z.L) became the military arm of the Jabotinsky movement and he became its commander. The three bodies headed by Jabotinsky, The New Zionist Organization (N.Z.O), the Betar youth movement and the Irgun Tzvai Leumi (I.Z.L) were three extensions of the same movement. The New Zionist Organization was the political arm that maintained contacts with governments and other political factors, Betar educated the youth of the Diaspora for the liberation and building of Eretz Israel and the Irgun Tzvai Leumi (I.Z.L) was the military arm that fought against the enemies of the Zionist enterprise. These bodies cooperated in the organization of Af Al Pi illegal immigration. Within this framework, more than 40 ships sailed from European ports bringing to Eretz Israel tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Throughout this period of intense political activity, Jabotinsky continued to write poetry, novels, short stories and articles on politics, social and economic problems. From among his literary creations, The Jewish Legion, Prelude to Delilah (Samson) and The Five, served as an inspiration for Jews of the Diaspora.

Jabotinsky was fluent in many languages and translated into Hebrew some of the best-known classics of world literature.

During 1939­-1940, Jabotinsky was active in Britain and the United States in the hope of establishing a Jewish army to fight side by side with the Allies against Nazi Germany.

On August 4, 1940, while visiting the Betar camp in New York, he suffered a massive heart attack. In his will he requested that his remains be interred in Eretz Israel if so requested at the express order of the Hebrew Government of the Jewish State that shall arise. His will was fulfilled by Levi Eshkol, Israel's third Prime Minister. In 1964, Jabotinsky's remains and those of his wife Jeanne were reinterred on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.


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Folks, check out this hour long Aliyah audio, with Yishai and Alex, from the July 20th Nefesh B'Nefesh landing. Jews are arriving to make their life in Israel smack in the middle of a war - now that's a Kiddush Hashem!

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Thursday, July 20, 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. "My Mother's Miracle" by Malkah Fleisher
2. "Fruit of the Land - Israel´s Wine Revolution" by Ezra Halevi
3. "Living in Israel, Working in the States" by Dodi Tobin, Chaim I. Waxman
4. "My True Story About Burial In Israel" Keren Neshama Burdt

Check it all out at: THE KUMMUNIQUE HOME

***Check out Ezra's latest NBN Aliyah photo essay***
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Real Greatest Mistake

Richard Cohen declared in yesterday's Washington Post that "the greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake." Yes, that's right he called the Jewish State a mistake!

And of course the obvious blogger comeback to that (and I'm surprised I haven't seen it out there yet) is "guess what Dick, you're a mistake!"

But no, there's no need for personal insults (even if he did insult a whole nation.) The answer to Cohen is happening right now as I type this post. In JFK airport 230 North American Jews are boarding a plane and coming to Israel. They are not coming to visit. They are coming to live here!

Richard - you think they are afraid of the missiles? Of course they are! We all are. But guess what? We have bigger things to worry about in America. That's right, I said it.

Richard - let me ask you this: Are your kids Jewish? Are your grandkids? Do they even know how to read Hebrew? These 230 Olim know that assimilation is a far greater risk to the Jewish Nation than any Katyusha or Kassam rocket could ever be.

The Jews returning to their ancestral Homeland was a mistake?
Sir, the biggest mistake was Jews thinking they could live in America without forgetting what it means to be a Jew and making fools of themselves in Op/Ed pieces.

Cross posted at Point of Pinchas.
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Thursday, July 13, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 35 "PINCHAS" 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. "Are You Keeping Your Options Open?" By Pinchas Orbach
2. "Dreaming Of Nine To Five" by Tamar Wisemon
3. "Aliyah 2006: Here They Come!"
4. "Arrivals: From Worcester, Mass. to Jerusalem" by Helga Abraham


Malkah and I had the great pleasure of accompanying the July 5th Nefesh B'Nefesh Aliyah flight out of JFK. We were able to catch some amazing audio on the flight with so many people: Olim young and old, officials, NBN staff, and flight attendants all poured their heart out about Aliyah. Our four hours cover the whole flight from luggage check-in at JFK to the conveyor belt in Ben Gurion. I believe that these sounds are inspirational and I hope you will take the time to hear the wonderful voices of Aliyah.

I have provided the links to all the hours below, and the show is also posted prominently on ISRAEL NATIONAL RADIO

To hear Hour One click here
To download Hour One click here

To hear Hour Two click here
To download Hour Two click here

To hear Hour Three click here
To download Hour Three click here

To hear Hour Four click here
To download Hour Four click here
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Thursday, July 06, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 34 "BALAK" 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. "240 North Americans Fly Home to Israel" by Hillel Fendel
2. "Matisyahu: Next year in Jerusalem" by Sagi Ben Nun
3. "Let My People Come" by Michael Freund
4. "The Israel No One Sees" By Dr. Eugene Narrett

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