September 18, 2018

He took Torah into war


Tomorrow is Judgement Day.

It is also the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, when our enemies attacked us in the style of the Amalekites 3,000 years before; striking when we were ‘weak and weary’ through fasting and at prayer.

Though 1973 was an age before mobile phones, which can now mobilise the IDF reserves in seconds, our enemies forgot one thing. The fact that most Israelis were in or around their synagogues on Yom Kippur enabled the alert to spread instantly and mobilisation took a fraction of the time that it would have on a normal working day in the generation before iPhones.

That was only the first showing of the Almighty’s hand in this war, which over the following days produced stories of deliverance that defied all logic and reason. Legends like Zvika Greengold who singlehandedly held off and destroyed columns of Syrian tanks for 20 hours while reserves were being mustered to the Golan Heights frontline.

One of the iconic photos of the war was of my cousin Hillel Unsdorfer carrying a Sefer Torah in the Sinai desert. He was the young rabbi of Kibbutz Beit Rimon doing his reserve duty on Yom Kippur in a bunker along the Suez Canal. Wherever he went, he took the Torah and this bunker was no exception. After Egyptian forces sprang over the canal, his unit was soon surrounded on all sides and after brave resistance in the opening 48 hours of the war, he was ordered by Moshe Dayan to surrender to the Egyptian army. He did so very reluctantly.

He and his comrades languished in an Egyptian dungeon for a long time until prisoners were finally exchanged. He never spoke of the interrogations and harsh treatment suffered during that time.
Hillel survived the war and Egyptian captivity, but not Israeli roads. He tragically died some years later in a road accident.

His legacy is an iconic image of taking the Torah into war, as it must be with us in every other aspect of Jewish life.

As I write these lines, there is only one airport on the entire planet that is now closed for the next 24 hours. It is the airport of the Jewish state. Our one and only nation state. May G-d always protect it as He did 25 years ago, always and forever.


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September 17, 2018

Fuld – The Day After


We now learn that Ari Fuld’s 17-year-old killer had ordered a falafel which he was eating seconds before he launched his attack. Ascribed to an older person, one would call it a cold calculated killing. But for a 17-year-old it shows us that this generation of Palestinian has simply lost all fear of Jews and the IDF and punishment.

And why not? Most Jews in the territories are not allowed to bear arms and, when they have permits but dare to discharge their weapon, they are subject to the most crushing legal proceedings. As for the IDF, Palestinian kids are routinely sent to border and guard posts to taunt and spit at soldiers with impunity, as long as leftist groups are filming them.

As for punishment – well, you only have to look at the videos from Israeli jails where security prisoners enjoy sports, pizzas and all the time they need for their prayers and creature comforts. The biggest lifer in jail is Marwan Barghouti, who has the freedom to run for Palestinian leadership elections from his cell and cellphone. And, of course these young martyrs know they could be freed at any moment in a swap for dead Israeli soldiers or just to buy some peace and quiet from Hamas on the Gaza border. And, for as long as they are in jail, their families are receiving wages from Abbas, paid with European Aid funds. America to its credit has now cut back this gravy train.

In short, these kids don’t do it for the 72 virgins – now they do it for the money.

If there is one vital lesson from this attack and the spate of random stabbings in this silent Intifada, it is that the Jewish state needs to restore deterrence and take the gloves of human rights and political correctness off its soldiers and those volunteers who guard our towns and settlements. We need to restore the balance of terror and the devil may care about world opinion.

Also in the day after this massive tragedy we have heard from the mayor of this Arab killer’s city of Yatta in the West Bank. He says this happened because "Many things can cause a person to reach a state of abject humiliation. People here are hungry and they have no money to buy food. Their self-respect has been trampled."

Let me tell you something Mr Mayor. If your people are penniless and hungry it is because your Mr Abbas uses your European aid money to pay the wages of Jew-killers like your boy. Last year he paid out $350 million – this year it will be $403 million. That’s where your bread and potatoes, your fuel and your jobs are going.


The definition of Chutzpah used to be the kid who killed his parents and asked for the court’s mercy because he was an orphan. The new definition is blaming murder on poverty when the murderer causes the poverty which supposedly incited the murder.

September 16, 2018

Ari Fuld's Last Shiur

Just before Shabbat, not knowing it would be his last one on this earth, Ari Fuld sat down to give his weekly D'var Torah. (You can watch it on the Facebook link below.)
Ironically he was talking about how our greatest leader Moses was about to die and the need to hand over the baton to Joshua. Touchingly he interrupts to give his daughter the shabbat blessing - so tragically her last!
Ari was an icon of religious Zionism, deeply rooted in our homeland and bound up in our Torah. He was a loving husband and father, an indefatigable campaigner for Jewish civil rights in Eretz Yisrael and - to the very end - a brave and fearless fighter. True to his name Ari, he was a Lion of Judah.
Ari was only the latest Korban (sacrifice) of the failed Oslo Accords, which was a talking point in the media last week on its 25th anniversary. The folly and fiction of peace - or even coexistence - with the PLO should, by now, be clear and irrefutable to any thinking person. But alas, there are still those in the political establishment - and even in the defence hierarchy - that are prepared to take the risk of establishing a PLO state in the West Bank territories of Judea and Samaria.
50 years ago Rabbi Meir Kahane declared that such a state would be a dagger in the Jewish heartland. Sadly the Oslo foundations of such a state have been a dagger in the backs of hundreds of Jewish fathers, mothers and whole families like the tragic Fogels of Itamar.
Ari's killer was just 17 years old. He will be found to be a pupil of the indoctrination and radicalisation programme run by Abbas's PLO, scripted by the Muslim Brotherhood killers of Sadat, and financed by the naiive aid donations of Britain, Germany and other European countries. The killer's family will already have their bank account details notified to Abbas, so that the terror wages can be transferred to them on a monthly basis. These funds take precedence over food, fuel and other essentials needed by Abbas's citizens, as Jew-killing must always come first.
And whilst the Fuld family are sitting shiva, the killer's family will be going house-hunting for their new home, to replace the one which will doubtless be blown up by the IDF. That new home will also be bought with European aid money.
When killings like this happen, the media and talking heads all start jabbering about the 'cycle of violence' as if Jews have routinely been inciting their own youngsters to stab Arabs in the streets.
The only 'cycle' that needs to be halted is the cycle of lunacy: where Israel continues to give more rights, land, guns and autonomy to the enemy within, whilst restricting the rights of our own people to defend themselves.
May the Almighty avenge the blood of His very special son and loyal servant. May his wife and family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may they be spared any more sorrow. 
יהי זכרו ברוך


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September 09, 2018

Shana Tova - Reasons to be cheerful


It’s not been a pleasant year for Anglo Jewry – probably the worst in living memory. After two days of Rosh Hashana, British Jews will emerge from their shuls apprehensive about the 48-hour news cycle and where the next insult and racial abuse will come from.

But as this small piece of Jewish history plays out in little England, it’s important to focus on the bigger picture which behoves us to be thankful for so many blessings.

We should be thankful that we are privileged to be the generation that was able to return to Jerusalem and see it flourish as our reborn capital city, filled with academies of Torah never seen in our history. Thankful that, unlike the generation of the Holocaust, we now all have a Plan-B in the face of discrimination and threats. That our true home – which Robert Frost famously defined as “when you have to go there, they have to take you in” – just happens to have one of the most successful economies and one of the most powerful armies on the planet. And it’s always there for the cost of an airline ticket.

We should be thankful that, whilst wars have raged all around Israel  - and the last rebel enclave in Syria now faces  imminent massacre with the help of Russia and Iran  -  ‘Jacob has dwelt in quietude’ behind well-fortified borders and protected by high-tech domes, arrows and slings dreamed-up in Jewish brains. And that, despite the thousands of rockets that have been fired indiscriminately into our tiny sliver of land, the number of Jewish fatalities can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Thankful that we not only survived 8 years of Obama but have seen a total reversal of his policies under Donald Trump. The opening of the Jerusalem embassy, the censuring of UN bias and the cutting of US aid to UNRWA which always perpetuated the conflict and fuelled the hatred in their school textbooks.
And let’s be thankful for the Likud government and enduring leadership of Bibi Netanyahu who pushed through the controversial Nation State bill, so very important when nation statehood is being eroded by globalists across an increasingly dismal European continent.

And, coming back to Britain, let’s also be thankful for the dignity and fragrance of our MPs as compared with the ugliness of the House racists.


September 07, 2018

Hate Jews / Hate Israel – two sides of the same coin

This week in CorbynLand we’ve seen the British Labour Party rewrite the definition of antisemitism to allow their bigots to discriminate against Israel as a right of free speech.
Until the establishment of the State of Israel, Jews were discriminated against in all parts of the world. Along came Israel and it became the Jew Among Nations.
Long before the IHRA came up with its definition of antisemitism, one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience, Anatoly Sharansky came up with his own “3D Test” for antisemitism. The symptoms were: Delegitimization, Demonization, and Double-standards.
Which happens to fit exactly with the conduct of Corbyn and his supporters towards Israel.
Corbynites regard Israel as an illegitimate state, born in sin. They demonize it as racist and apartheid. And they require it to behave very differently to any other country on earth.
A fifth of the world’s countries have official state religions, including 27 Muslim and 13 Christian. But for the likes of Corbyn there is no place for even one single Jewish state, however tiny and however hunted and endangered its people may have been for all time. Even rooted in its biblically-certified homeland, it is for the likes of Corbyn illegitimate and illegal.
When the fledgling state of Israel turns out to be the only pluralist democracy in the entire region; when it absorbs millions of immigrants from Russia, Africa and Asia; and when it appoints Arabs to its parliament and supreme court, you might expect other free and developed nations to support and protect it like a precious jewel. Instead, quite the opposite, Israel is demonised as an apartheid state with a Nazi army.
When Israel is surrounded on all sides by murderous enemies who have tried 7 wars to destroy it in as many decades; when it is threatened with nuclear annihilation by a fanatical Iranian regime and faces daily security threats in its streets, buses, pizza parlours and airliners, you would expect others to recognize its unique defence needs and to cut it some slack for the occasional stray bullet or collateral damage. But no. For the Jewish state every accident is a war crime. Half a million may be wantonly massacred in Syria and Yemen, but only Israel merits a Goldstone enquiry. A truly monstrous double-standard.
So, it’s plain to see that Corbyn’s idea of ‘free speech’ on Israel passes the 3D Test of antisemitism with straight A’s.
I am a realist and accept that there will always be prejudice and pejoratives thrown about in any cultural mix. So, my preferred definition of an anti-Semite is someone who hates Jewish people more than absolutely necessary.
The same applies for Israel.
It’s a young and tiny state which has had to face up to challenges that no other country has faced, least of all within just two generations.
Criticise it more than absolutely necessary and you are a bigoted racist abuser of the Jew Among Nations.
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