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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Monks at St Catherine Monastery in the Sinai are Well

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Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is risen!

In response to all the friends who’ve written asking after our brothers, the monks in Sinai, glory to God, they’re all well. Draconian security measures are in force throughout the area, but pilgrims are still able to come and go. There are already many checkpoints on the paved roads leading to the monastery. They’ve been there decades, mainly to check ID’s, watch for narcotics, etc. Now, there’s added security, and the local Bedouin, who are fervent supporters of the monks, are assisting. As the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness doesn’t overcome it, may the joy of this week of peace and brightness remain untouched in the hearts of the faithful!

Αληθώς Ανέστη! He is risen, indeed!

21 April 2017

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

ISIS Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint Near Historic St Catherine Monastery in Egypt

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One of the world’s most important Christian sites came under attack. The Monastery of St Catherine (formally, the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mt Sinai), built over 1,500 years ago, is one of Christianity’s holiest sites. Gunmen opened fire on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the monastery, killing one policeman and wounding four others. Then, the gunmen retreated; they didn’t reach the heavily-fortified monastery compound guarded by Egyptian police and security forces. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via its news agency.

The attack on the monastery comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two Coptic Orthodox churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. According to officials, the gunmen fired from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote mountainous desert area in the South Sinai Governate, where, according to scripture, God spoke to the prophet Moses from a burning bush. The Greek Orthodox monastery was a popular destination, primarily for Orthodox Christian pilgrims, but Egypt closed off public access to it for security reasons in 2015, leaving only the monks and clergy inside the compound.

According to Orthodox Christian history, in the early 4th century, St Eleni, mother of St Konstantinos the Great, built the Chapel of the Burning Bush at the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the miracle. The fortified walls were built around the chapel by the Roman Emperor Justinian (who also commissioned the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God (Agia Sofia/St Sophia)) starting in 527. Justinian’s workers completed the Church of the Transfiguration in the 560s, around the time of his death. In 2002, UNESCO declared the area around St Catherine Monastery a World Heritage Site because of Mt Sinai’s importance to three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the natural environment of the area, and the historic architecture and art at St Catherine Monastery.

18 April 2017

Pappas Post

http://www.pappaspost.com/isis-gunmen-attack-historic-st-catherine-greek-orthodox-monastery-egypt/

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Gunmen Kill Coptic Orthodox Priest in North Sinai

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The last time that shit like this happened in the Sinai, the local Bedouins picked up their AKs and protected the Christian monasteries. These Muslims have lived in peace with Christians for centuries. It’s a case of, “Wanna rumble, Islamists? Rumble with US… C’mon”… did you notice that the Islamists suddenly got a hankering for other calmer parts? I wonder why…

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On Saturday, security sources said that gunmen killed a Coptic Orthodox priest in Egypt‘s lawless North Sinai Governorate in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat. The shooting in the coastal city of el-Arish was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood fiercely criticised Coptic Patriarch Tawadros Sulayman, spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Christians, for giving his blessing to the removal of the president and attending the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution.

6 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_06/Egypt-Gunmen-shoot-dead-coptic-christian-priest-in-Sinai-province-4372/

Thursday, 27 September 2012

27 September 2012. This is Why the Draft Exemption for Haredi in Israel Stinks… and Why Bibi’s a Bozo for Supporting It

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Netanel Yahalomi during his funeral 

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Slain IDF Soldier Known as “Halachic Man”

On Sunday, 23 September, hundreds of mourners gathered at a synagogue in the small Orthodox community of Nof Ayalon in central Israel for the funeral of IDF soldier Netanel Yahalomi. Terrorists killed Yahalomi, 20, in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israel-Egypt border on Friday afternoon. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Modiin.

The three terrorists were on the border between Egypt and Israel south of Mt Sagi, an area in which the defensive fence being built by Israel isn’t yet complete. An IDF spokesman told Yedioth Ahronoth that the IDF returned fire, killing all three heavily-armed terrorists, thus, thwarting “a major terror attack that was supposed to take place in Israeli territory. The terrorists were carrying a powerful explosive device”. Reportedly, Yahalomi killed a terrorist before he himself was fatally shot. It isn’t clear if the terrorists were from Gaza or from the Sinai Global Jihad Organisation. Another IDF soldier was injured in the attack.

Yahalomi, the third of six children born to Shmuel and Tova Yahalomi, was in the hesder programme, which combines army service with yeshiva study. He was nicknamed by his army buddies as “Halachic Man”, the title of a well-known book by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik that describes Soloveitchik’s view of how the ideal religious Jew thinks and acts. His sister Avital said, “It was very important to him to integrate Torah study into everything he did. Even when he came home, it was important to him to learn Torah. He was a man of truth”.

His mother, Tova, said she had spoken to him just the day before he died. His sister Avital said, “He was home two weeks ago, and was supposed to come again only on Sukkot. He was supposed to be in the army for Yom Kippur. We sent him a package because we wanted him to have a good holiday. He was very sorry he wouldn’t be able to pray with a minyan on Rosh Hashanah, but told us he was excited because they managed to blow the shofar”. Avital said he rarely spoke to his family of the dangers of serving on the Egyptian border, saying, “He never told us exactly what he did in the army. He said he was forbidden to tell us anything”.

25 September 2012

Jewish Ledger: Connecticut Edition

http://www.jewishledger.com/2012/09/slain-idf-soldier-was-known-as-halachic-man/

Editor’s Note:

Bibi the Bobo is making huge noises over Iran. Trust me, his coalition’s in the deep doo-doo over Haredi draft exemptions. He can’t attack a doghouse, let alone Iran (a former Mossad chief slammed the very idea of it). Kadima left his coalition, and he’s going to have to call elections soon. Well, Willy and Bibi had their picture taken together recently… Tweedeedum and Tweedledummer… two has-beens on the way to defeat.

The above article shows that religious Jews do serve in the IDF and serve honourably. The Haredi who hide under exemptions are cowards and poltroons… they aren’t fit or decent company for anyone or anything (a mangy mutt would turn up his nose at such and lift his leg at them).

BMD 

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