Best Kosher Meat in Israel

To Find Good Quality Kosher Meat in Israel

Why is it so hard to find real quality meat here in Israel? For the past couple of years I have been trying hard to find some real good lamb and veal to put on my lovely BBQ. Usually in Israel the meat is tasteless and imported from many times South America. I got used to fresh healthy meat during my years on shlichut in New Zeeland. There we had fresh lamb, fed on grass and that had nice lives until it was time to slaughter them. They didn’t live in cages, they lived in the nature. And for sure you can taste the difference between industrially produced meat that you buy cheap and real meat that you can actually enjoy.

Delicious Lamb dish. Meat provided by Shochet Yonatan Gabbi

Delicious Lamb dish. Meat provided by Shochet Yonatan Gabbai

Some time ago I sat and spoke with a friend about this lack of fresh meat and he told me that in our neighbouring community they have a shochet that sells fresh meat from animals he picks himself. It didn’t take me 10 minutes to call Rabbi Yonatan Gabbai up, the shochet (and butcher), and asked him what he could offer. Never in my life have I tasted such good meat! Sure you have to pay some extra for quality meat, but I prefer to pay some extra shekels to know what I eat and to be sure that the beef I am preparing for dinner has had a good life before. As you all know, my dear readers, I usually don’t praise people when I am writing, but if you like to have the best kosher meat available in Israel I can only suggest for you to contact Yonatan Gabbai.

Rabbi Shochet Yonatan Gabbi. Best meat in Israel

Rabbi Shochet Yonatan Gabbai. Best meat in Israel


Please Bibbi – We need a Mass Transfer now…

A Mass Transfer the Only Solution to the Terrorist Problem

It is with great sorrow and anger I am writing the following post, after everything that has been happening in Israel lately.

golda meir

A mass transfer of the Arabs away from our Holy Land seems to be the only way to protect ourselves from deadly terror attacks that have become a norm in Jerusalem. Moreover, not less after today’s deadly terror attack during morning prayers in a Synagogue in Har Nof. As we all honestly know, the state of Israel hasn’t been capable to handle the Arab problem, not now and not in past at all for reasons I don’t want to speculate about here. One thing we know for sure is that Holy Jewish blood is cheap in the eyes of our leaders. Therefore, if you cannot handle or are afraid of handling the Arab problem in Israel, not only the Palestinians, the only way out is a mass transfer of Arabs from the Holy Land. So should we let any Arabs stay in Israel? This question you may answer yourselves, since I will not provide you with mine. However, is it enough to just transfer them to Sweden, a country and a political leadership that love Arabs? Rabbi Meir Kahane HY”D is quoted “If we ever hope to rid the world of the political AIDS of our time, terrorism, the rule must be clear: One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.” How to understand this statement by Rabbi Kahane is up to each one of you.


Please Bibi and the rest of the Israeli leadership, please start to think about the Jews in Israel and our safety. I want to be able to walk around freely in the Land of Israel, my homeland, the Land G-d gave to my ancestors, to me and the generations after me. Let the world scream and cry for our decision of a mass transfer of Arabs from Israel, but as you know no one will help us here. Let them cry about boycotts, but you know as well that the Western World would not survive long without Jewish and Israeli innovations.



The new terror wave in Israel

The New Terror Wave

The anger and frustration have been growing inside me for the past couple of weeks. When will this new terror wave end? What can we do to end it? Last week, just a couple of hours after the terror attack that took Dalia Lemkos life outside Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion I passed by on my way to drop of a Yeshiva boy in Har Etzion. This was actually the first time ever I have seen a terror place so close. To see the blood of an innocent Jew on the road gave me a chilling I have never felt before. The scary thing though is not this terror attack alone but all the attacks that have occurred during the past few weeks and all Jewish lives that have been lost. This new terror wave is something we have to deal with. As usual the world around us doesn’t condemn anything, since we are talking about the murder of Jews.

Place of terror attack in Alon Shvut Nov. 10th

Place of terror attack in Alon Shvut Nov. 10th

But I do see a small light, that might get brighter soon, G-d willing. This is the light of not treating the terrorists with kids’ gloves – we try to shoot them and kill them if possible. This way they will never have the possibility to perform multiple acts of terrorism or become a brick in prisoner exchange in the future. I just hope that no legal action will be taken against any of those who have killed a terrorist or have the possibility to do it when an act of terror is happening. Another light in this darkness is that Bibi and his fellows have taken their common sense together and decided to erase the houses of the terrorists (even if they are dead) that performed terror acts.

I pray that in a near future this new terror wave will end. I wish us all that all our prayers will be heard and that H’ will give us the power and strength to do His will in the best way possible. I pray that we will see it during the winter with a lot of rain that will bring goodness to the Jewish people both in רוחניות וגשמיות (spirituality and materiality). May this open our eyes to make the right choices for our future in the land of Israel.

Sweden Recognizes Palestine

The Anti-Israeli State of Sweden recognized Palestine

Many people are proud of where they grew up and their former home country, but for me, right now I am embarrassed of Sweden, the country I lived my first 19 years in. I am sure that I do not have to explain myself so much. Most of the world probably knows today that the new Swedish government with Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister is a disaster without any limitations. I believe that it is hard to find anywhere, except in Muslim countries, a more Islamic and anti-Israel government. We can see that in many ways. Sweden announced some time ago that they will recognize Palestine as a State and today, Thursday, they actually did it.

Mehmet Kaplan - Radical Islamistic Minister in the Swedisjh government

Mehmet Kaplan – Radical Islamistic Minister in the Swedish government


Except that, the Prime minister is one of the most incompetent politicians ever in Sweden. Sweden can also “pride” itself of having a minister that is an official radical Islamist, namely Mehmet Kaplan. As you can probably hear, he is not very Swedish. He came to Sweden as a refugee from Turkey and since he did not get a residence permit, he first stayed in Sweden as an illegal refugee. This rising star in the Swedish government was also part of the first Flotilla in May 2010. He has invited many high profile anti-Semites to speak in different Muslim forums and he gives Islamists legitimacy to what they are doing, since Europe does not want to integrate them. He is also famous for his involvement in many national and international Muslim organizations. Therefore, it was no surprise that he as a minister in the new Swedish government was pushing for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Stefan Löfven - The Swedish Prime Minister

Stefan Löfven – The Swedish Prime Minister

The Swedish Prime minister Stefan Löfven is a person that probably most people ask how he was able to become the Prime minister in Sweden. His CV is not very impressive. Before becoming the leader of the Swedish Social party, he was Chairman of the Federation IF Metal. Academically, he has nothing. He attended high school for 2 years and did a welding course for 48 weeks. This is the knowledge of the Swedish Prime Minster.

Therefore, from today, Sweden is one of the only western countries that recognizes a country that does not exist, Palestine. Nevertheless, it is not hard to understand, with an incompetent Prime Minister without any general knowledge about mostly anything and a fanatic Islamist politican as Mehmet Kaplan it is not a surprise that Sweden decided to recognize an imaginary state without any legal foundation. I wish Mr Löfven and his government good luck and I look forward to re-elections very soon.


The Struggle for Jerusalem

Jewish Struggle in Jerusalem

Silwan in the 1800s

Kfar Shiloach – 1882

I believe that every Jew has the right to live wherever he likes in Israel and especially in the eternal Capital, Jerusalem. To divide Jerusalem into different areas, West and East, is a political mistake and it can only harm the future of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is and will always be the Capital of Israel and for the Jewish nation. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this approach and among them the Muslim population in Jerusalem. They believe in the part of Pirkei Avot that says “What is mine is mine and what is yours is mine” (Chapter 5:10). They feel that they have the right to live wherever they like in Jerusalem and they buy property wherever they like, but as soon as Jews buy property in what is today more Muslim neighborhoods they always riot. We have to remember that most of these neighborhoods were Jewish once and until today Jewish signs can be seen on most of the buildings. You can also find marks on the doorposts where the Mezuza was attached. Examples are Shimon HaTzadik, Ir David, Kidmat Zion and Kfar Shiloach. If no buildings were there in the past, at least the land was owned by Jews. Such was the case at Har HaZeytim where today the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’aleh HaZeytim and Beit Orot stand in all their pride.

Ma’ale HaZeytim

Purchases of Property

Thank G-d from the beginning of the 21st century development in the eastern part of Jerusalem has progressed a lot and more and more Jews are able to move back to areas that until Arab riots in the 1920s and 30s or 1948 were in Jewish hands. And a lot of it thanks to a few very idealistic organizations, such as ELAD-foundation and Ateret Cohanim, that are working tirelessly to buy property in the eastern parts of Jerusalem, mainly around and inside the Old City. A handful of powerful and wealthy Jews from abroad go in with funding to return what was ours to become ours again. The main sponsor behind both these organizations is Philanthropist Dr. Irvin Moshkowitz. Except helping financially to re-buy former Jewish property from Arabs and other buildings in former Jewish neighborhoods and in new areas to make the Jewish presence stronger, he also puts in a lot of resources in the establishment of Ma’aleh HaZeytim and Beit Orot at Mount of Olives.

Today, thank G-d we, the Jewish people, have a strong presence in many parts of Eastern Jerusalem. Mostly thanks to Ateret Cohanim we have a lot of Jewish families living in what is called the Muslim Quarter in the old city of Jerusalem. We also have more and more families living in the Christian and Armenian quarters. The most famous institution in the Muslim Quarter is Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim headed by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. Elad foundation is mostly active in the areas surrounding the Old city.

New Jewish family moving into their home in KFar SHiloach


Today in Jerusalem

As I mentioned in the first paragraph not everyone, especially Arabs, agree and respect Jewish population in former Jewish neighborhoods where primarily Arabs stole the property from the Jewish owners, both before 1948 during the many pogroms in Jerusalem and also afterwards. Today thank G-d more and more families are able and willing to move to areas where there now live more Arabs than Jews. Ateret Cohanim have established Torah institutions in some of these areas and Torah can be heard all day long. Last month 9 new families moved into Kfar Shiloach and there are more to come. However, everything has its price.


Arab Violence

As we know Arabs buy property everywhere in Jerusalem and you will not find Jews fighting with them or threatening them. They feel that they have the right to live wherever they like. So if they can, why can’t they let us do the same? Since the silent Intifada started at the beginning of Israel’s defense war in Gaza not many days have passed by without any terror related attacks against Jews in Jerusalem.  When the new families moved into their homes in Kfar Shiloach some days ago, it had to be in the middle of the night, since it is safer that way. Private security guards and soldiers had to protect them from dangerous Arabs. This is not only true in Kfar Shiloach. Mostly in any place in Eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, Arab violence is serious. Children can’t play outside, you always need guards to protect you, you have to travel in protected cars with special windows etc. Even in the gated community of Ma’aleh HaZeytim the Arabs attacked with Molotov cocktails etc. This is never an issue for Arabs living in areas like Rechavia, Talpiot, Armon Hanatziv etc. During the Holiday of Succot no less than 8 terror attacks happened in areas in Eastern Jerusalem against Jews.

Muslim Violence

The Brave Jews

A lot of people tell us that we are brave living in Har Hevron, but what is that, if you compare to all the brave Jewish families living in the Eastern parts of Jerusalem? If not for them and the strong organizations behind them Jerusalem would not be what it is today. They unite Jerusalem, they defend the boarders of our Holy City and they do it with a lot of self-sacrifice. Can you imagine not being able to walk on the streets, take the car wherever you like, let your kids play in the playground and always look behind your back wherever you walk? This is their daily life and they do it for the Jewish Nation. Thanks to them Jerusalem is united. May we all pray for their wellbeing and may HaShem protect them in any way needed.


Some thoughts about Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha – In G-d we trust

This week’s Torah portion is not only important because of Avraham entering the Land of Israel as G-d commanded him to do. This portion also teaches us to have faith in G-d and don’t worry about the bubble we are living in. The symbolism of G-d telling Avraham to “leave your land, your father’s house to the land that G-d will show you” is that if you believe that what you are doing is right – do it. Follow your inner self and don’t be scared of what is new. Avraham left everything behind to do what G-d commanded him to do without any knowledge of what challenges that would occur during the journey that HaShem asked him and his family to do. But Avraham believed in G-d and knew that everything would be for the best.

Parasha Lech Lecha "Molnár Ábrahám kiköltözése 1850" by József Molnár - Own work (scanned). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -

Parasha Lech Lecha – Avraham on his way to Eretz Yisrael
“Molnár Ábrahám kiköltözése 1850″ by József Molnár – Own work (scanned). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -

In our days, many people are scared of the outside world, the world around us. Far too many people prefer to live in their bubble, small community and barely leave. They think that by living such a life nothing can interfere in our life and if someone asks them to do something extraordinary they hesitate to do it, since that is not a part of their regular routine. But that is not the way HaShem wanted us to be. He wanted us to go through challenges, to do things many times that we didn’t believe that we would be able to do. But H’ would never put a Jew in a situation (challenge) that he couldn’t handle. For Avraham it wasn’t easy to leave his father’s house, but H’ knew that he would manage and He blessed him. G-d is also blessing us whenever we do things He asks us to do. Every challenge comes with a blessing. So dear fellow Jews, don’t be afraid of challenges, don’t fear the outside world – challenge it.

So for all Jews who still live outside Israel in Galut – if Avraham could leave Haran and his father’s house as G-d commanded him to do, you to can leave your comfort in Galut and move home to Israel. To live in Israel is a Torah commandment, to live in Galut is not. So Lech (go) before it is too late.


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