Must Read: Government Instigated Fusion, Diffusion and Confusion Over Amona - From Chan Micah to Shiloh and Beyond by Guest author Barouch Levy

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    Those  who know the geography, and the history of Samaria, and have lived or traveled there, should be particularly interested in what the Land of Israel is "telling us", in regards to the planned expulsion of Jews from Amona.,

    About a half an hour's drive from Amona, is the Jewish settlement of Maaleh Levonah.  Off to the side of the road, leading upwards to Maaleh Levona, is a site called Chan Micah. There, is a small assembly of buildings, including one said to be ancient. In  the vicinity, the Torah sources say, is where Micah's statue was erected, and there, idolatrous sacrifices were made. The Gemara, (Sanhedrin,page 103) calls this place Gerev. Its location, is even given as being three ((Roman)miles west of Shiloh.  Indeed, there is, even today, a site, in the area, with this same  name. Furthermore, there, in the Gemara, it says that there was a heavenly protest, against Micah's idolatry, but that G-d restrained the angels, saying "Leave him alone, he provides sustenance to travelers." As the location of Chan Micah, which can be  rather accurately translated as Micah's restaurant and motel, is  just a five minute walk,  until the main road between Shcem(Nablus) and Jerusalem, the modern traveler, on the road, can not but, be impressed by authenticity of the above mentioned Gemara passage.

   But most interesting of all, in this  passage, is that the Gemara says, that the smoke from the idolatrous sacrifices in Gerev, mixed in the air, with smoke of the pure sacrifices at the Tabernacle, at nearby Shiloh. Present day Shiloh, is close to the ancient site of the Tabernacle. This fusion and mixture of smoke, from both the site of Micah's graven image, and the Holy Tabernacle or Mishcan, the physical after effects of these acts of good and evil, occurred, in an area, not far at all. from Amona. ,

      Today the clouds of controversy, and the fallout of a moderately exploding public debate, are today still hovering  around Amona. Indeed, the nature of these sentiments, aired on Amona , are mix of the good and the bad, as is most public discussion. The voices projected out and upward, contain the pure and not so pure. In fact, the word Gerev,site of Michah's statue, is related to the Hebrew word "erev", which in English means "evening", a mixture of light and darkness.

     Last week, masses of settlement youth, converged upon Amona, in order to prevent its destruction. Many, where willing to do so with their meager physical presence, in the face of the army, and non military "officers of the peace". Their dedication and purity of motivation, were applauded by many. Their presence at Amona, in the inclement winter weather, was noted, by leaders of the settlement movement, including those esteemed as Torah figures.

   But the leaders and older adults, their parents,  did not have that same resolution. They did not have the clarity of thought and deed, in regard to Amona, as their children. A mixture and hodgepodge of opinions, produced a kind of consensus, to encourage and support the Amona settlers' agreement, to accept their own expulsion from Amona. The youths, verily undermined from even conducting a continued, vigorous, protest to the injustice, as good and rational children, had no other alternative but to go home. Not only did this  limited support, consisting of a confused batch of mixed signals, produce the above result, but the residents of Amona themselves, were more than just metaphorically left out in the cold. So much so, was this the case, that support and genuine sympathy, for the residents of Amona, diluted and mixed with apprehension, lest the government would look unfavorably on the settlement, in Judea in Samaria, on the whole, enabled the courts  to wrench from the Amona residents another new, most degrading, concession. The Amona residents have now pledged, legally,  to abide to their own expulsion "without conflict and opposition", as worded in the legal document.

  The Torah teaches that G-d did not take lightly, the idolatry of Michah at Gerev, taking place, side by side, with the service to HaShame, at the Mishcan at Shiloh. The Torah demands that  people protest such a desecration. The expression of G-d's displeasure, is described  in the Gemara. One great Talmudic commentators , the Maharshah, points out that the failure to protest Michah's acts, lead to the death of  40,000 of the  Israelites, in the earlier stages of the war, conducted against the tribe of Benjamin, at the time.Undoubtedly, this conflict, took place, in what is known. today as the "Benyamin" area, where Amona, is located.

  Similarly, the Israeli Supreme Court expulsion edict, against Jewish Amona, did, indeed, evoke, from the leadership of the settlements, in Judea and Samaria, condemnation and protest. None the less, in light of the magnitude of the government's wrongdoing, of ordering that the village is to be destroyed and the residents are to flee, the reaction, to this, towards the government, was little more than an ineffective whimper.  Many elements in  the National Religious Camp are insistent, some say, obsessively so, on maintaining good relations, with the basically, secular Israeli Government. Does this indicate that the righteousness of their religious Zionism, as demonstrated by the Amona reaction, or lack of it, is mixed with,  and tainted with, an exaggerated approval, or "worship" of the Israeli  government, whose Jewish shortcomings, particularly, today are so  stark?

 The prophet Yishaiyahu, said "Raise up your voice like a shofar, tell the people their crime". Many people say today that it extremely difficult to chastise and protest. They are correct. If so, how can wrongdoing be condemned, and the people be taught to follow the Torah?

  The Torah teaches, that as the process of the final Redemption progresses, the Torah  leadership. will obtain the ability to effectively rebuke the people. Indeed, at the time of the Exodus from Egypt , and afterwards, Moses, while at times opposed, had commanding Torah authority.

   Shortly before the Children of Israel left Egypt, Moses threw an object with the name of G-d written on it, into the waters of the Nile and the casket of Joseph arose from the waters. This was a imperative part of the Exodus, as the people had to unite with spirit of Joseph the Zadik. Out of Egypt, and at the foot of Mount Sinai, Moses fails to descend from the mountain and the Erev Rav, The Great Mixture of people, accompanying the Children of Israel, from Egypt, conduct a coup d' etat against Moses. In fact, this same Micah, who would later manage Micah's Inn, throws the same object, with the name of G-d on it, into the flames, and by way of Egyptian witchcraft, arises a golden calf idol, which is promptly worshiped. Yet. Moses reappears from Mt Sinai, commanding and embodying the Torah of Joseph the Zadik and his father Israel(Jacob). The revolt soon collapses, chastisement is delivered, and accepted. Violators are punished..

 So too, will it be in the final Redemption. A song or "voice" will appear, which will enable those, who receive its teachings, to protest evil  and chastise successfully. It will embody, within it, both the name of G-d, and the name of the ultimate  Zadik or Mashiach. This song, will be a single, double triple, quadruple song. (This is mentioned in the Tikunei HaZohar, part 21.)With it, the Mashiach, will successfully be able to ,"Raise up your voice as a shofar". In fact the  letters of the word, "as a shofar", in Hebrew, appearing in that phrase, are the key letters of the Hebrew words for single, double, triple, quadruple!

 Clearly, the inadequacy of, support for Amona and weakness of the protest against destruction, has lead to the present state of affairs there. The government has created pressure on the settlers, in areas, extending much farther from  Amona than Gerev, Shiloh, and Binyamin. This has broken their united response, and produced a response, an amalgam, fused with considerations not necessarily, the most correct. This is the message of the impurity of Gerev, the purity of Shiloh and the mixture between. But in as much as they receive and be purified, by the "Voice of Jacob" or the Song of Israel, they will be able to raise up their  voices, like a shofar, and have their demand for continued Jewish settlement, in Amona, and all others Torah demands, with G-d's help, be gladly accepted by all.

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Torah codes: That huge Tsade (righteous) is amazing!

B"H - This is a comment on The Libel of President Moshe Katzav 5772 in bible code Glazerson
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The Perdition of Amona: Beytrayal, Defeat, Humilition by guest author Barouch Levy


     After a bombing raid on Rome,by hundreds of planes, in 1944, the Italian king, failed to understand the meaning of the relentless Allied advance.  In order that the king, would be able to grasp that reality, he had to be told, that the war was,"perduto", perdutissimo"(absolutely and completely lost). Similarly, the perdition of and at Amona, in  the pre Chanuka days of 2016, is apparently beyond the comprehension, of almost all the leadership in the Israeli Right, be they either in positions of political, or religious, leadership roles. Their commentary and portrayal of the Amona expulsion, to the public, particularly those loyal to the Torah mandate of settling the Land of Israel,  does not convey, the meaning and gravity of what has, and is to happen there, G-d forbid. That is in itself the real essence  of the Amona tragedy.,

  The fifty or so families, who have tenaciously held on to a barren, most inhospitable  looking, mountain ridge have nobly succeeded in creating a Jewish community, there. That is why those who demand that this community be destroyed, are so intent upon doing so. With the indispensible help of the Israeli government, its courts and security and police forces, it appears, very likely, that these above mentioned Jewish families, will be thrown out of their homes, and will have to reconstruct their Jewish lives some place else. If one senses, that what is soon to transpire, is demoralizing reminiscent, of many other tragic events in the history of the Jewish People,  his senses are not misleading him. Jews are again to be evicted from their homes, solely because they are Jewish and adhere to the Jewish faith. What makes the Amona expulsion even so much more disheartening, is that the Israeli government, which came into existence to prevent and insure such an event will never again occur,  is the real enabler of the unfolding Jewish tragedy of Amona, in the year 2016. The phrase, "Never Again", is not to be used without the necessary consideration. None the less, the pertinence of those words. as they relate to current situation, of Amona and the Jewish People as a whole, is undeniable.

   One of the leaders of the settlement movement, whose personal dedication, can not be denied, was  recently interviewed at Amona. He agreed, with those who criticize his position, on Amona, that the expulsion of Jews from that location, is quite deplorable and a desecration of the name of G-d. But in spite of this acknowledgment, he proceeds to characterize the agreement, and the support for it, by the settlement movement and others in the Israeli Right, as in what can be translated from the Hebrew, as merely "a lesser of two undesirables". That is something quite different from his opening comment, mentioned above. Unfortunately, his latter comment, more accurately reflects what he conveyed to the public. Another spokesman, in explaining his support for the agreement, noted the "impressive achievements", which consent to the agreement by the settlement leadership, provides. Yet another, very well esteemed Torah figure, in the National Religious Camp, remarked in a similar manner. He sunnily emphasized, that these inhabitants of.Amona,targeted for their Jewishness, and scheduled to have their homes destroyed, by the government, at the behest of Arab and other Anti-Semites, should find consolation in the agreement, none the less. He was referring to that part of the agreement, stipulating that these Jewish refugees, had been allocated, a nearby lot, and thus, in his words, would," remain on the mountain".

    These representatives' and speaker's  words, tragically miss  the  the point. Jews are again to be thrown out of their homes, by non- Jewish demand, in the Jewish State of Israel! That such a thing can happen, again, after the Holocaust, is completely unacceptable to any normal Jew. One of the few normal  Jewish reactions, expressed, in the  Israeli media was that the phrase, "Jewish expulsion", be completely stricken off the Israeli lexicon. But as the above remarks clearly show, consent to and even agreement with Jewish eviction, is held to be a possible and acceptable option, replete with positive aspects, by the Israeli Right, and most notably by the leadership of the settlement movement. This the real perdition and tragedy. "Perduto Perdutissimo"

  Why this perdition has come about, and particularly the role played  in it, by not a few religious leaders, is clearly spelled out by Rabbi Nachman, in chapter 61, part one, of his masterpiece, "The Collections of Rabbi Nachman." .The whole chapter, is about faith in, and authorization of authentic Torah leadership. When that does not happen he writes, the prestige and honor of Torah and its laws are demeaned. Consequently, non Jewish law becomes predominant. As a result,"Israel becomes obligated to learn non-Jewish law." Then, it follows, "they decree (apparently, in the temporal and heavenly courts) the  expulsion of the Children of Israel, from a place of settlement, to a place of wilderness.".

 These words of Rabbi Nachman are strikingly compatible to the present day reality of the Amona tragedy. The eviction, the strength of  Israeli civil law versus weakness of Torah law, religious and civil leadership, and dissatisfaction with them.

  Indeed, one of the leaders, whose comments were quoted above, described the reaction of the young people from the settlements of Judea and Samaria, who converged upon, en masse, to prevent the ignominy of Jewish eviction with their bodies. The youths were devastated upon hearing about the agreement. I tried to explain to then the benefits  the Jewish people had achieved as a result of the struggle. They would have none of it. He writes, they, the youths cried out, "You,(plural) have betrayed the truth, you have betrayed the Land of Israel. You have broken our spirit!"

 The tragedy of Amona is the moral paralysis of leadership in the face of evil and Jewish national humiliation. That is what an expulsion of Jews is. Period. But it is much worse than that. Efforts to obfuscate and minimize the depts of the tragedy,  have contributed to the creation of  the present situation, which is, the perdition of Amona.

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Dr. Henry Abramson on Elie Wiesel and of course on the Shoa and everything else

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On the Amona "eviction"

B"H - You see people, it is the State and its army, the IDF Jews have to worry about and see as their enemy, not only the Arabs. How many pogroms do you need to sober up? The State was established at the first place to weaken us, as a vessel of the nations to fight Torah and G-d.

 - This is a comment on Preparations underway for Amona eviction
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The true meaning of Hanukah is the celebration of Jewish (Torah) victory over the assimilated, Hellenist Jews (a.k.a. secular Jews or hilonim)

B"H - Couldn't have said it any better. There is something intrinsically comical about this practice of the Erev Rav (Israeli leftists and politicians) and goyim (foreigners) celebrating Hanukah and ignorant Jews falling on their faces as they give their "Jewish" response: Upside-down world. Pre-Messianic times? Let me answer: I think so!

This is a slightly edited and improved comment on Is This Hanukkah?
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There is NOTHING as dangerous for the Children of Israel right now as the State of Israel!

B"H - Erev rav State and most dangerous for the Children of Israel, mainly because this nation doesn't even recognize it as Erev rav, an alien, hostile bunch. So much for the sheer stupidity of the Israeli flag-waving lot, called Zionists, secular AND religious.

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