June 5, 2009
1. Itamar welcomes back Rabbi Moshe and Leah Goldsmith from their speaking tour in the States. Enclosed is a picture of Rabbi Goldsmith speaking at the concert held in Central Park NY after the Israeli day Parade
The community of Itamar wishes Moshe and Leah a Mazal tov upon the engagement of their daughter Michal to Alex Zuckerman. We wish them a lot of Hatzlacha and many blessings in building their new home.
2. Itamar welcomes Washington State senator Joseph Zarelli and his wife Tani who came to spend the day on Itamar.
3. Please read the mayor’s emergency declaration:
|As mayor of the community of Itamar, one of the important frontline settlements of the Shomron–all of them threatened by the present rush towards a “two-state solution,” I believe that the threat would be eliminated by the immediate mass Aliyah of every Jew in the Diaspora to Yehudah and Shomron.However, until this happens, what can the supporters of the settlement enterprise do? What can they do to prevent a repeat of the tragedy of Gush Katif? To begin with, I would suggest that every person who values our continuing presence in the land of our forefathers, a Jewish communal presence in places from Shechem in the north to Hebron in the south, should become personally involved in the yishuv of their choice. They should familiarize themselves with the various communities by doing a web search. (I would be happy to assist in the search and can be contacted at email@example.com) When they have selected a yishuv, they can get in touch with its representatives and ask how to help. They might be asked to invite a leader of the community to speak, and/or to help him publicize and promote his community. When visiting Israel, they might think of visiting the yishuv of their choice in addition to the routine tourist sites. Twinning bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, or actually celebrating them on the yishuv of their choice would be welcome acts of support. They may want to help raise the consciousness of their friends and neighbors about the daily struggles of the settlement community. They might think of pressuring the major Jewish organizations to speak out against a Palestinian state which demands the removal of all Jews from their ancient homeland. They might contact their elected officials and declare their opposition to the creation of a racist state which refuses to allow the presence of a single Jew in its midst. Finally, last but not least, they may want to include the yishuv of their choice on their list of regular charitable donations.Let us never forget that the blessings that come to Am Yisrael and the world at large all come from one place– Eretz Yisrael– the land of our forefathers.
Standing together ‘Ki`ish Echad Vilev Echad’ we will no doubt overcome our obstacles and achieve our important goals.
Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith