Monthly Archives: October 2015

Article by Yishai Fleisher on Courage in Israel Hayom

Fwd: FW: It’s Time To Encourage Courage
Oct 28 (2 days ago)

Shalom Friends,

Due to the recent wave of terror which is striking our beloved Israel, I have been interviewed over and over by local and foreign media. Observing that Israel has become more dangerous, they assume my neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem is all the more in danger. Ironically, security in our neighborhood has not deteriorated noticeably. This is because from the get-go our neighborhood on the Mount of Olives has had security challenges and therefore police presence and civilian awareness were always high. Sadly, the jihad that we have faced for years is now being exported past our neighborhood and into “mainland” Jerusalem and Israel.

However the question I have faced recurrently is not just about security, but about fear… “Well aren’t you afraid, isn’t it scary, do you and and your kids live in fear??” I always answer that while there is danger, we are not afraid. Instead, when we are called upon, we flex the muscle of courage (a term I picked up from Rabbi Yom Tov Glazer.)

More than actual security threats this is the issue of our time – fear – and it is obvious that the goal of the terrorists is to discourage us. What I mean by discourage, is take away courage.

Certainly, pushing back on terror entails hunting down the individual terrorists, and disrupting the terror network and the milieu which creates the individual terrorist including the schools, the media, and even in their own mosques. But the other place where terrorism must be fought is in our hearts. The terrorists want to strike fear. They know that they cannot defeat Israel militarily or economically or in any other classical war, so their new war now is a war of the spirit – they want to strike fear into our hearts, they want to stop us from flying to Israel, going to Jerusalem, they want to stop us from walking around with a sense of freedom, life, and liberty.

Therefore we must gird our own hearts in order to deny the terrorists that victory. Instead of being discouraged, we have to encourage courage. While it has been forgotten, seemingly, in modern discourse, courage is a value – and it certainly is a value in Judaism. We Jews have always been bully fighters, and this latest tactic of the Jihad is nothing but fear mongering and bullying.

We have to encourage courage, to teach courage, practice courage and thereby defy their efforts to stop the Jewish people from living fully in this amazing time. Sorry terrorists you will not win – we have waited far too long to come home and your cheap bullying tactics will not beat us. God is with us and we are armed.

— Yishai

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ISRAELIS UP IN ARMS
Fleisher explained that by taking their guns to the streets, Israeli citizens are sending a message to would-be attackers. “We will not be cowed. We will not be broken. We will arm and train our citizenry and we will fight to survive.”

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YNET
A CAPITAL DIVIDED

Fleisher is actually against the closure of the Arab neighborhoods in the area and explains why. “We are here because we are fighting for the unity of Jerusalem. This is of the highest value and one must not refer to Jerusalem as a divided city.

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ISRAEL HAYOM
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wave of Jihad”

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JEWISH STANDARD
FEELING THE RIVER OF HISTORYAn interview with me about Aliyah, life in Israel, and the fight for Jerusalem

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ISRAELI GUITARIST
& MUSLIM DRUMMER?
UNITY THROUGH MUSIC
PUSHING BACK THE HATE Our friend Israeli musician Lazer Lloyd is a powerful force fighting BDS through music. He is touring with Turkish master drummer Emrah Kotan, a proud Muslim standing with Lazer against terror. (LISTEN HERE)

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