Aliyah despite Hamas terror war from Gaza

Lots of new Aliyah despite current security situation in Israel

Jews from France making Aliyah in big numbers in 2014.

Jews from France making Aliyah in big numbers in 2014.

Chartered Aliyah Flight from North America.

Chartered Aliyah Flight from North America.


Despite rockets and missiles raining over Israel all the time from the terror enclave Gaza, a lot of new immigrants have found their way to Israel and not cancelled their Aliyah plans or pushed them off for some other and safer time. That is good, since in Israel it is very hard to know what will be tomorrow. From North America during the summer nearly 230 new immigrants have arrived in Israel and a lot more are to come. It is so great to make the foundation of the Jewish homeland even stronger all the time. With a solid foundation we will always stand strong. Except Aliyah from North America, a lot of French Jews have also decided to move home to Israel. The major difference I think is that immigration from the US is more out of idealistic reasons and not as much as for now, security reasons, your Jewish life insurance. In France the situation is very different. For many years the French Jews have invested money in buying property in cities such as Ashdod and Ashkelon to have a safe haven to move to when the violence and pogroms in France are around the corner and by showing any trace of Jewishness you are endangering your life. This is the reason why more than 5,000 French Jewish probably will make their future home in Israel during this year only. But we are happy for every Jew, for whatever reason they decided to make Israel their home and to make proper Aliyah. A scary thing though is that 5,000 Jews from France only calculates for 1 % of the Jewish population there. So anyway, I wish mazal tov and good luck to all our brothers and sisters that either already moved to Israel this past summer or will make Israel their permanent home in the months to come.


18000 Jews showed up at the funeral of Lone Soldier Nissim Sean Carmeli

Fallen Lone Soldier but not forgotten

Nissim Sean Carmeli HY"D murdered last Sunday by terrorists

Nissim Sean Carmeli HY”D murdered last Sunday by terrorists in Gaza

Nissim Sean Carmeli was one of the 13 soldiers that lost his life in the war against terrorism on Sunday in Gaza. What makes Sean different from other soldiers in this battle is that he is a Lone Soldier, which means that he has no parents in Israel. He has two sisters, but that is also the only family he has in Israel. Now we will see again how unique our nation is. The Jewish nation is always striving for unity. To show appreciation and to mourn with the family more than 18000 Israelis showed up at the funeral that started at 11 pm in Haifa yesterday night. 18000 strangers felt connected to this holy soldier that fought for the Jewish nation in our Holy Land. This unity I am sure that you will not find in any other place and that also includes Jewish communities abroad that would stand up and respect a stranger like this. It was so many people at the funeral that not everyone was able to enter. Many had to stand outside the cemetery. People traveled from every corner of the country to Haifa to show their respect and unity as a nation against the war of terrorism and to appreciate what Nissim Sean Carmeli did for his and all Jews’ country, Israel.

More than 18,000 attended the funeral of Lone Soldier Sean Carmeli HY "D in Haifa yesterday.

More than 18,000 attended the funeral of Lone Soldier Sean Carmeli HY “D in Haifa last night.

It is not only private people that unite together in Israel. Nissim Sean Carmeli was a lone soldier and a big soccer fan of Maccabi Haifa. Unfortunately the team players couldn’t attend because of a trip in Europe, but they called upon their supporters to attend the funeral and so they did.

This shows once again how strong Jewish unity is in Israel, something that you rarely will see outside the Jewish homeland. As I have mentioned before, in Israel we are the Jewish nation – brothers and sisters, but as soon as we leave the holy soil we often dissolve as a nation and become individual Jews.

A Succah Pergola we wanted and we got more than we asked for!

Avner Tzuberi the best Succah pergola builder we ever met

I would like to introduce you to Avner Tzuberi, a person that has helped us making our home in Maon, Har Hevron to our dream home.

Even though we are living in a fairly large house according to Israeli standards, a Pergola really added extra space to the house during the summer. Ours is first of all built as a Succah (Kosher for Succot) so when this beautiful holiday comes around we actually aren’t obligated to do anything to our Succah to make it suitable for the holiday. Kosher walls are there as well as the roof (סכך) which makes it a Succah. The idea to build our pergola this way came from Avner Tzuberi, with more than 20 years of experience in the building industry.To build a pergola that is also a kosher succah we saw as a real challenge. as we come from outside Israel where we know high building standards and high quality, we challenged Avner to build not only a Succah pergola that we could, but also an outdoor room that we could use as a playing area for the children, an outdoor office for me and a dining area both for weekdays, but also where we could host a lot of people on Shabbat, holidays and other occasions. Now we have had the outdoor room and Succah for more than two years and not one single time have we regretted that we used Avner to build it for us. Except the Succah pergola he has also built our outdoor storehouse. Except the outdoor work he has done for us, he has also helped us to fix everything else that needs to be fixed in a new home.

pergola2 pergula1  storage

We also trusted him to arrange for our new kitchen cabinets and kitchen counter among other things.


So if you are looking for a trustworthy person that knows how to provide the best service possible with exceptional results, I can only suggest Avner. I don’t like to praise people, but he is an exception to most Israeli handymen I have met.

For information about Avner in Hebrew and what he can do for you please visit:

You can also reach him on phone: 0528308452


Live in Israel and be protected as a Jew

It is important to live in Israel

A common question during the past couple of weeks has been if we are not scared to live in Israel and the answer is no. First of all, we know that G-d protects the Jewish people in the Chosen Land, the land of Israel, something that can’t be taken for granted in any other place on earth. Sure, at the moment Israel is not only fighting Hamas in the Gaza strip, but also terrorists that fire from other neighboring countries – Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. This exact situation isn’t very common, but as we all know, Israel is always under some kind of threat from their neighboring countries or the different terrorist groups operating there. Many times this is out of state control. The only real exception is Hamas in Gaza, since they rule in this small strip and keep the population a stranglehold.

There Muslim Rioters surrounded Abarbanel Synagogue in 11th arrondissement and threw rocks inside

There Muslim Rioters surrounded Abarbanel Synagogue in 11th arrondissement and threw rocks inside

Even in the current situation I prefer to stay in Israel and be a part of my people. I believe that to run away to my place of birth, Sweden, is much more dangerous than staying in G-d’s Promised Land. To be a Jew in Sweden, or any other country in Europe today, is life threating and you don’t have any government to protect you. Not that they don’t want to, but often they are too scared of the consequences from anti-Israeli groups in their home countries. The last example of a real anti-Semitic attack in Europe was the one in Paris, France this past Sunday. There Muslim Rioters surrounded Abarbanel Synagogue in 11th arrondissement and threw rocks inside. And not long time ago a French Muslim attacked the Jewish museum in Brussels and murdered four people. At least in Israel we know that attacks can happen and thanks to a strong Israeli army we are prepared for it. I say thank G-d I live in Israel together with my family and know that life in Israel is the only Jewish life insurance we have. G-d will protect us here forever.

Everyone please pray for the Israeli soldiers and their safety in the war against terrorism

Israeli soldiers on call

For the past few weeks more than 20 000 out of approximately 40 000 Israeli soldiers have been called up in Israel either for standby or to join up with their units around the country.  Some of them went straight to the Gaza border, others up North to the Lebanon border and many combat soldiers are now training for a ground invasion of Gaza. These people are not only reserve soldiers in the Israel army, but they are also sons, fathers and husbands. I can’t even imagine the feeling of a wife of one of those brave men receiving a phone call that he has to leave the family behind now. Not only his wife, but also his children, and who knows when he will see them again. And it is not in 12 hours but usually straight away. You can’t prepare for such a situation, because until it is real you don’t think it will happen.


Israeli Soldiers close to Gaza. Ready to fight for the Jewish people

Israeli Soldiers close to Gaza. Ready to fight for the Jewish people

Also in our community husbands had to leave their families behind and the only thing they know is that the man will not be back home until at least 2 weeks from the call. These Israeli reserve soldiers are sacrificing so much to protect the country together with the regular soldiers. The big difference is that all of them have already finished their mandatory army service and have in most cases already established families and joined the work force. I just hope that all of them will come home safe again and I pray to G-d that this scenario will never happen again. Not only for Israel’s own security, but also for the families where husbands, brothers and sons have to go out in war to protect the country. I pray to G-d that He will protect our soldiers, to give them the courage and strength to finish this mission once and for all.

May we all pray for peace in Israel soon and may we all have learnt a lesson from the disengagement in Gaza 2005. Let us all say NEVER AGAIN!

Code red sirens even in Har Hevron

Code Red sirens on Shabbos

For us Jews that are living in communities in Judea and Samaria, code red sirens have been something very rare. Before the last attack by the Hamas led Palestinians in Gaza we in Maon had never heard the sirens here. Remember, we are not so far away from Gaza and we are at the edge of Negev, barely 40 km north of Be’er Sheva.

But this past Thursday evening, just after we had put the children to sleep, the sirens sounded in this peaceful part of the country as well. First I didn’t realise what it was, since it was so not realistic, it had never happened before, but fast enough we gathered together the kids and put them in the safety room that we have at home. After 10 minutes in an air tight room it was very nice to get out and get some air again.

ready to  go - here's missiles from Gaza Photo: IDF

ready to go – here’s missiles from Gaza
Photo: IDF

So suddenly the reality had caught up with us. We are “used to” stones and Molotov cocktails, but not code red sirens. The rest of the night was peaceful, just the sound of a lot of air traffic but no more alarms. Not on Friday either and as I wrote yesterday we actually spent some nice hours at a playground at Zim center, about 10 families from Maon. But then suddenly on Shabbos afternoon during a walk in the community we heard the sirens again and very fast we gathered together and ran into the office building to take cover. Thank G-d nothing happened, but it was very scary and it affectedour childrenvery much andevenus. So now I can in some way understand the Jews living close to the Gaza border, their daily fear and I really appreciate what they are doing for the Jewish people and the land by living next to one of the most dangerous places on earth. We are in some ways sitting in similar situations. Thanks to the brave Jews living close to the Gaza border the Palestinian terrorists haven’t had the chance to really infiltrate and cross the border into Israel. The same way the Jews living in Judea and Samaria are in many ways protecting the citizens of Israel that live in more central parts of the country by being a solid stop block that largely makes it almost impossible for Palestinian terrorists to come too close to other parts of Israel.

May G-d protect all Jews in Israel.

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