photo David Wilder
'We will Continue in Father's Path of Faith'
Chai (40) lived in Shavei Shomron for 14 years. He was married with seven children, the youngest of whom is two months old.
Minister Yaakov Neeman eulogized Rabbi Chai tearfully and paid tribute to his great virtue as a teacher of young children.
Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika said that “Rabbi Meir is a victim of the folly of the government of Israel. His murder is the result of the removal of checkpoints. Two weeks ago the main checkpoint between Shechem and Tulkarm was opened. The government of Israel preferred the Arab's fabric of life to the Jew's life.” Mentioning Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Mesika said: “I demand that you face the widow and orphans and ask forgiveness because you cannot say 'our hands did not spill this blood."
To the Arabs he said: “You have hit the lion in our ranks but you will not break our spirit. We vow to you, Rabbi Meir, that we will continue in your path, to settle in the lands of our forefathers, in spite of them.”
A father to hundreds
MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) said that Rabbi Meir was “a father to all of us and to... hundreds of children whom he taught Torah.”
MK Yaakov Katz (NU) said: “Rabbi Meir, you are all of Israel; you are a hero of Israel in the instruction of Torah and in fear of the Heavens.”
Turning to the residents of Judea and Samaria, he said: “We are the few who hold the many. Rabbi Meir, you represent the courage of the settlers. You represent the courage of those who drive at night without guards or security details, you are the hero who shines his countenance to the children at night and in the day. With our devoutness and the willingness to sacrifice we will raise up those who are distant. We need to teach the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister some Torah.”
Study, not revenge
Eliyahu, the Rabbi's son, said: “I want to say to the youth – continue in my father's path. Father wanted faith, he wanted Torah study, he wanted prayers. He could not stand to see that there are no tefillin. He had to see all of the mitzvot (commandments). If you want to memorialize my father these are the things you should do. Not to beat up Arabs with sticks. We are human beings and we will not shoot them in the head for no reason. We are human beings, we are the youth of Samaria... Father would be happiest if he saw us studying.” He asked Defense Minister Barak to respect the dedication of the youth of Judea and Samaria.
Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai left the community of Einav at 4:30 PM Thursday and drove toward his home in Shavei Shomron. Terrorists in a car that overtook him opened heavy fire at him. Ten bullets hit Meir in the head. He was mortally wounded and died a few minutes later.
Netanyahu rejects debate on checkpoint policy
Fri, 25 Dec 2009 15:40:34 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has snubbed repeated calls for a discussion about the policy of removing military checkpoints in the West Bank.
The requests came from right-wing cabinet members who argue the removal of checkpoints would amount to a rise in attacks on Israelis, Israel Radio reported on Friday.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, asked Netanyahu to summon his security cabinet to discuss the checkpoint removal issue, the radio said.
"Past experience shows that the removal of roadblocks as part of the easements granted to Palestinians has led to attempts to carry out terror attacks against Jews," Yishai asserted.
The removal of West Bank checkpoints is a gesturer by the Netanyahu administration toward the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, generally viewed to be aimed at placating the concerns of the international community over the conditions on the ground in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
In effect,however, most of the improvements made under the policy have not been enough to help prop up the failing Palestinian economy crushed under Israeli movement restrictions.
The Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, one of the few key terminals whose re-opening benefited Palestinians, was closed again on Friday along with other checkpoints around the nearby city of Tulkarem, following a Thursday attack which killed a rabbi in the northern Samaria settlement of Shavei Shomron.
The United Nations reported that as of June 2009 more than 600 military checkpoints, roadblocks, gates, and other obstructions to Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
Critics censure the policy, arguing that the checkpoints have no effect on Israeli security and only fuel Palestinian resentment to the occupation.
Rabbi's Murderers Trained by Barack and Barak?
Interviewed by Ben Bresky Thursday night, journalist David Bedein reminded Arutz Sheva's audience that the Al Aksa Martyrs formally joined Fatah's security forces at the Fatah convention in August. Fatah receives military training from US military forces with the full approval of Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Bedein noted that as a journalist, he recently submitted a query to the Minister of Defense and directed a similar question to the US authorities. In his queries he noted that despite their claims otherwise, the Al Aksa Martyrs are a terror group whose men receive financial aid which the US gives the group.
He has not received an answer to the query.
Bedein's description of the matter means that the United States (headed by President Barack Obama), with the Israeli government's passive agreement, has indirect responsibility for training and funding the terror force which murdered Rabbi Meir Chai.
1.Killing the Best of Us
One balmy Thursday evening several years ago, on a clear night, the kind of night that makes you feel great to be alive, I stood enjoying the clean air of Samaria. I was approached by a young man who asked if I could help him deliver food. As I had just moved to Israel, and had nothing but time on my hands, I unhesitatingly said yes. It was then that he explained to me that in order not to embarrass people we would meet at 2:00 a.m. to deliver the food. I slept a few hours and when I met him his old, beat up car was filled with cartons.
Thinking that there were only about 100 families in the small community which anti-Semites like to call a “settlement” and in which I lived, I thought that this wouldn’t be too hard – how many people could be in need of food for the Sabbath? I was shocked that our first stop was somewhere else, in a Jewish village named Chomesh. (Chomesh was destroyed later in the Disengagement along with Gaza). This was in the middle of the intifada and I was terrified and asked my driver if he wasn’t afraid to be on the roads at this hour. He told me he was in the Golani Brigade and that nothing would happen to us while doing a mitzvah (good deed). He drove up to each house and I brought the box of food to the door and ran back. We went to Einav and Avnei Chefetz and other Jewish communities in Samaria coming back only to fill up his car again with more food cartons. We returned after 5:00 a.m.
This courageous, decorated Golani fighter was a gentle soul who found his calling in teaching very young children, whose love for Torah was ignited by his warm gentleness and zest for life. His name was Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai.
Debate is raging over whether one Jewish soldier is worth a thousand Arab terrorists. This one Jewish soldier was worth millions.
In the next war, expected to erupt in the next few months, I think we need to fight without taking prisoners. We do not want to kill, but are commanded that if an enemy comes to ambush us, we have an obligation to go out and anticipate him.
Debate is raging over whether the Hesder yeshivas are producing subversive soldiers who will refuse orders. This defamation is a smoke screen. These boys are the backbone of the Army, while many of the anti-religious kibbutz or Tel Aviv café aficionados define themselves as post-Zionists and do the barest minimum to get through their compulsory draft. It is the fire of the Hesder boys’ idealism which fuels today’s Army. It is their blind trust and faith in the Almighty and their love of the Land that keep Israel’s Defense Force viable.
Debate is raging over whether we need to make one sided concessions and gestures to an illusory peace, bowing to the relentless, almost psychopathic pressure of President Obama. What this debate is really about is whether we trust in the Almighty. Peace is not achieved by negotiations. Peace is one of the rewards for fulfilling the commandments. One of the commandments is settling the land. Another commandment is inheriting the land and making it our own.
They may kill the best of us now, but in the end the nations of the world will have to give an accounting, particularly those, according to the prophet Yoel, who “split the Land.” The Almighty loves the Torah, the Jewish people and the Holy Land and will punish severely those nations that attack any of these.
They killed one of the best of us. But like his name, Chai (which means life), he will live forever in the afterlife, while those who attacked him are damned.
The enemy is not just the Arab that pulled the trigger, but the organizer of the terrorist group, in this case PA head Mahmoud Abbas, as well as those who fund and train them and those who supply the guns.
One Jew named Chai is worth more than the two million so called Palestinians who inhabit Judea and Samaria. Barak may give the order to evacuate Jews, but the Almighty gave the order thousands of years ago to evacuate the gentiles, as every square inch of the Holy Land was divided among the tribes of Israel. Rabbi Chai loved this land.
They may have killed the best of us, a young father of seven children, but in his short life he lived fully, helping others and serving as an example to them. We can make our lives meaningful by following in his footsteps.
2.Rav Chai Was Already In The Olam HaEmes [the World of Truth]
Now, after the tragic shooting death of the head of the family, the wife and children of Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai HY"D revealed the story that the family heard about 12 years ago, after he emerged from a coma, the result of a serious vehicular accident.
R' Chai was involved in an extremely serious accident, and his condition was listed as critical, with doctors explaining he was clinically dead. He was resuscitated at least twice.
The rav emerged from his coma after about two weeks, and with his family around his bed, he explained that he was in the Olam HaEmes and returned. He told the family that in the Heavenly world, he told them "my son was born a few days ago and I want to be there to help raise him. I do not wish to leave a widow and orphan". He went on to explain that he cried bitterly, and received the response that his request was answered, and he was returned to this world for 12 additional years. This story the family explains was told to many children, part of the rav's tool to compel people to strengthen their faith and belief in HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
On Thursday, the day of the murder, that son marked his 12th birthday, the boy for which the father was returned to assist in raising together with his rebbitzin.
Another son, Eliyahu, 16, gave a moving hesped, explaining to honor his father's memory; there should be increased adherence to mitzvos as well as learning Torah, not acts of revenge.
He called on the tzibur not to use sticks to beat up Arabs, but to increase Torah study and kiyum mitzvos, adding "we are human beings and we do not shoot people in the head without reason. We are human beings and this is not our way".
Eliyahu also turned to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to respect the dedication of the youths, the young men and women of Yehuda and Shomron.
3The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
4And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
5In that day (Ed: Almost always a scriptural phrase for the last days, i.e., "Day of the Lord" - first mentioned in Joel 2:1 - meaning that this is an End Time prophecy. That is also clear from the actual words in the verse) shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
6And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
7But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
14Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15Because ye have said, We have made a covenant (.....) with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. (....)
17Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. (Ed: See
19From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
20For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
21For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
22Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption (Ed: A direct reference to Jeremiah 30:7 and to the "one week " mentioned in Daniel 9:27), even determined upon the whole earth.(...)
23Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.
24Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
25When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
26For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
27For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
28Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.
29This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
(.....) are Xtian religious comments which I omitted. DS