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Thursday, August 31, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 40 "KI-TETZEI" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique - full of love of Israel and Aliyah inspiration!

In this issue you will find:

1. "Ki-Tetzei: Don't Be Afraid" by Rabbi David Samson
2. "New School Year, New Challenges For New Immigrant Students" by Daphna Berman
3. "Three Families Fulfill Dream of Making Aliya" by Debra Rubin
4. "Herzl and Rajab 27" by Elliot Jager

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Another Slam Dunk for the Seven Species!

In your face, diseases of the world! The Land of Israel is your arch-nemesis!

Appears that G-d didn't pick our beloved Seven Species just for their prettiness and yumminess. Rather, they are merciless health warriors provided especially for the service of the Jewish people (and their friends). Looks like the holy Pomegranate is standing in the spotlight yet again:

Israeli study: Pomegranate juice could benefit diabetics
By ISRAEL21c staff August 24, 2006

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology say that pomegranate juice may provide important health benefits for diabetic patients.

According to results published in the August 2006 issue of Atherosclerosis, subjects who drank 180 ml (6 oz.) of pomegranate juice per day for three months experienced a reduced risk for atherosclerosis, a condition that leads to arterial wall thickening and hardening. Atherosclerosis accounts for 80% of all deaths among diabetic patients.

The researchers also found that drinking pomegranate juice reduced the uptake of oxidized LDL ("bad" cholesterol) by large, versatile immune cells known as macrophages. Oxidized LDL uptake by macrophages is a main contributing factor to the development of atherosclerosis.

One surprising finding, said lead researcher Professor Michael Aviram of the Technion Faculty of Medicine, was that the sugars contained in pomegranate juice - although similar in content to those found in other fruit juices - did not worsen diabetes disease parameters (including blood sugar levels) in the patients, but in fact reduced the risk for atherosclerosis.

"In most juices, sugars are present in free - and harmful - forms," explained Aviram. "In pomegranate juice, however, the sugars are attached to unique antioxidants, which actually make these sugars protective against atherosclerosis."

The findings of this small (20 subjects) study are part of Aviram's ongoing research into the effects of pomegranates on cholesterol oxidation and cardiovascular diseases. In his previous widely published studies, Aviram was the first to prove that consuming red wine reduces cholesterol oxidation and arteriosclerosis, which leads to heart disease, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world. His later studies confirmed the antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic benefits of licorice, olive oil, onions and pomegranates.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes. Both type I and type II diabetes are powerful and independent risk factors for coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 39 "MISHPATIM" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique - full of love of Israel and Aliyah inspiration!

In this issue you will find:

1. "Elul In Israel" by Malkah Fleisher
2. "Danger Doesn't Deter Jews From Moving To Israel" by Matthai Chakko Kuruvila
3. "It's Easy To Be Jewish' In Israel, Olah Finds" By David Lazarus
4. "UK Jews Say Anti-Semitism Is Major Factor In Aliya" by Hilary Leila Krieger

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Thursday, August 17, 2006


Kummunique - Kumah's Shabbat and Holiday Bulletin
Issue 38 "RE'EH" 5766

Shalom! We are proud to present another issue of Kummunique.

I'm sorry that there has not been a Kummunique in the past two weeks - but due to the hostilities in the north, I was drafted into emegency IDF reserve duty. The day after I was released, the landing of three NBN planes took place and I got up early to be there as well! This issue is dedicated to the brave soldiers who fought to protect Israel, and those new Olim who took advantage of their sacrifice to make Israel their home.

In this issue you will find:

1. "Three Planes of Jewish Immigrants From Canada, US & UK Arrive" by Ezra HaLevi
2. "Why Leave The UK For This?" by Dominic Casciani
3. "Soldier Fights For Family's Aliya" by Hilary Leila Kreeger
4. "Aliyah to Carmiel!" by Tony Woodward

Check it all out at the KUMMUNIQUE HOME

Three immigrant flights arrive simultaneously in Israel! Israel National Radio was there to cover it LIVE!!!
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Blogmaster Ezra's Blogtastic Blog Post

So I am going to start blogging more - not waiting for when I have a block of time and something drastic to get off my chest, but whenever I see something I think anyone interested in the Kumah viewpoint would also find interesting. Here goes...

So three planes landed yesterday and another last week. Those hyperlinks are articles I wrote on each event.

In other news - did you know you could watch the nightly news together with the rest of Israel, complete with the subtle insinuation and innuendo that make state-run media to enjoyable? Channel 10 and Channel 1 news are each available. For the real deal try IsraelNationalTV - and don't be bashful about sending them constructive criticism.

For entertainment, click here to see why anti-Semitism probably isn't what is going to bring American Jewry home to Israel (and that is a good thing - Aliyah-by-choice is what will fix all the things that need fixing here).

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Joining the Ranks

Well, ladies and gentlemen, congratulate me. I am officially an Israeli.

I, like my sisters before me, have joined the ranks of women who have tearfully sent their husbands off to war for Israel. I, too, have worried as I scramble to fill his backpack at 4:30 in the morning, if he will have enough clean socks. I, too, have scoured odd corners of the house to pass the time while he's in the field. I've battled my anti-social urge to hole up in the house and my equally maniacal urge to call him every 15 minutes. I've sworn not to ask him when he's coming home anymore. I've walked at night, begging G-d to bring him home safely. I've made him the center of every conversation. I've fought off the urge to buy a pint of ice cream and eat it at one sitting. I've threatened to kill the men who have neglected to serve him a single hot meal in 4 days. I've forced myself to make hot meals for myself while he's away. I've planned the meal I'll serve him when he comes home, what I'll wear.

As Yishai says, the hardships are our birthright, too. It stinks. But I swear everyday to love G-d with all my heart, with all my soul, with everything I have. Yishai is all those things.

Pray for the safety and might of Yishai Yaakov ben Tziona.

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