/center>As Christians all
over the world celebrated their Christmas, the Jewish people celebrated their
Chanukah festival - a feast commemorating the Maccabean miracle, when a the
small quantity of consecrated oil found within the Temple precincts, although
only enough for one day, burned for eight. It happened at the time when the
Hellenistic Syrians tried to eradicate the Jewish religion and thus bring the
whole region under the sway of their kingdom. (See Geoffrey Wigoder, The Encyclopedia
Not much has changed. Today's nations also wants to bring the tiny nation of
Israel under their "worldly supervision," denying them the right to
live as believing Jews on their own, God-given land; or to worship God on the
ancient Temple Mount, desecrated now by those who call for the destruction of
the Jewish race: Itbach al Yahud (slaughter the Jews!).
As Israel's government prepares to obey the dictates of this Hellenistic world
and forcefully remove their own people from their own, God-given soil, one
young Israeli wrote this heart-rending letter to his prime minister:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Office of the Prime Minister
19 12 03/Erev Chanukah/Shabbat 5764
Dear Prime Minister Sharon,
You don't know me. I am 23 years old, a member of the IDF Paratroop unit
No. *** which just spent two days and two nights in Shechem. As you know
from the report of our Defense Minister Mofaz, our units engaged terrorists in
the Kasbah area of Shechem successfully, in erasing these terrorists from
further life to cause death to the Jews of Israel.
I did not sleep both nights as we continued going house to house, at times via
the walls between the houses, in order to find, arrest, and kill the
terrorists. We found one terrorist who was fully 'dressed' in his bomb
belt along with his suicide note and video. This terrorist was planning
to blow himself up in Hadera yesterday according to my commander. We were
able to blow him up first. I know you are very familiar with the turf in
Shechem as I have read books on your heroism and military actions over your 50
years of service to our country.
I have one more month left in my IDF service. The years combined in the
IDF together with my Hesder yeshiva learning years have given me the opportunity
to serve G-d and my nation. As I arrived home today for Chanukah and 36
hours of rest and relaxation here in Migron, I am reading today's papers that
describe your intent to destroy Jewish homes and transfer Jews out of their
home and land here.
I have spent the last few years going from the Beit Midrash where I am able to
learn Tanach and Gemora to my IDF Paratroop unit. I have fought in Jenin
after Passover 2002, I have been the recipient of shelling from terrorists near
Kfar Darom in the Gaza area. I am now 'fresh' from the front line this
week in Shechem.
I am trying to prepare my little menorah, oil, and wicks for tonight's first
candle to commemorate Chanukah's miracles and our victory over the enemies and
Hellenists amongst us. My mother will light the Shabbat candles a
few minutes after my father and I and my four siblings light our Chanukah
We are going to the synagogue, past the health care center, near the
kindergartens and homes which Defense Minister Mofaz signed off permits for all
of these places in Migron. I am sure that you have seen his approvals
which are reprinted in today's HATZOFEH and other newspapers. My
cousin, David, is a member of the Magavnikim unit of the Israeli
Police. Tonight he and his family are joining us in Migron for
Mr. Prime Minister, on Sunday morning, I will return to my IDF unit in Shechem,
searching for more Chanukah enemies in the Kasbah, risking my life for the
lives of others whom we don't want to be blown up by terrorists in restaurants,
malls, and buses. My cousin, David, has been 'training' for the removal
of Jews from their homes. He tells me that in the next few weeks, his
unit and other IDF units will be entering Jewish homes to take Jews out of
their homes in Israel. David's mother and my father are siblings.
David could be assigned to Migron after Chanukah to join the orders to remove
Jews from their homes. David could be assigned to move out our neighbors
or his uncle and aunt, my parents. I will be in Shechem removing
terrorists from their holes and homes, looking for bombs and bullets.
You, Mr. Prime Minister, for whatever reasons from the USA or other minority
members of your government, will be overseeing removal and transfer of Jews
while I, as your soldier of the IDF will be chasing terrorists.
As soon as I hear that Migron, my home, will be the target of your Jew
transfer, I will leave my unit in Shechem which I know will get me jail time,
and head to Migron. I will not use my hands or feet to touch one fellow
soldier or policeman. My rabbanim at the hesder yeshiva have already
warned us that we cannot lift a hand to a fellow Jewish soldier. I
will join thousands of other Jews to block peacefully and according to law, the
removal of my parents and siblings from our home in Migron.
I may 'face' my cousin face to face when you give the order to his unit to
remove me and my family. Mr. Sharon, I would like you to witness the
transfer of Jews, first cousins, and uncles and aunts as David approaches my
home. David will be ordered to take Jews out of their homes in my
town of Migron, from the same home which David and his family and mine will
share Chanukah divrei Torah tonight.
I know that you have pressure from the world to give it all back and give in to
terrorists. It makes me wonder why I am chasing, killing, and arresting
terrorists in Shechem last week and again on Sunday. David and I
and our parents will light a Chanukah candle tonight on a day filled with rain,
storms, thunder and lightning in Jerusalem and Migron. The 134 of
us here in Migron will sing Ma OzTzur and add "Al Hanisim" to our
prayers starting tonight in the synagogue, next to the health center, next to
the kindergarten building. By the way, Defense Minister Mofaz' approvals
were blown up in large print and are posted everywhere here.
I am sure you are busy after last night's speech and preparing your Chanukah
parties with your sons. I appreciate the time if you read my
letter. You will probably see my face when David, my cousin, will carry
me away with the other family members per your dream of transferring Jews out
of their homes in Israel. You may even see some tears on David's
face that might mix with my tears and add to the 'raindrops' of cries on this
Chanukah in Migron.
(Translated from Hebrew by Harvey Tannenbaum, Moshe's 2nd cousin)
Perhaps nothing shows better, than this cry from Moshe's heart, why it is that
we as believers from all over the world feel the need, and sense the call of
God, to stand up for these, our Maccabee-like brothers, in their fight against
nearly all the world to hold onto their God and the land and destiny He
promised to them.
May we indeed stand with them at such a time as this!
van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center
God help us especially during this coming year 2004
to stand with His beleaguered nation Israel - His chosen few.
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