“Of Course I want to Live, Who Does Not?”

the voice of the jewish heart will not be silentThis is the story of Dov Gruner, given over by Im Tirtzu.

As we can see, the Voice of the Jewish heart will never be silent. No matter the era in our history.

Dov Gruner

Dov was born in Hungary in 1912 and immigrated to the Land of Israel in 1940 with the Betar youth movement after his engineering studies were cut short due to the Nazi invasion.

In 1941, Dov joined the British army and fought on the front lines in Italy. After the war he went to provide help to the survivors of the camps – he even gave his own shoes away, writing in one of his letters, “At least now one survivor will not be barefoot.”

After Dov finished his service in the British army in 1946, he joined the Irgun (Etzel). During one of the operations, Dov was wounded and taken captive by the British. When told by the court that if he recognized the British rule and pleaded guilty, his death sentence would be revoked, he replied: “I do not recognize your authority to try me. This court has no legal foundation, since it was appointed by a regime without legal foundation…”

After the court sentenced Dov to death, he stood up and declared: “In blood and fire Judea fell, in blood and fire Judea will rise again.” He was hanged on April 16, 1947.

“Of course I want to live: who does not? But what pains me, now that the end is so near, is mainly the awareness that I have not succeeded in achieving enough…The only way that seems, to my mind, to be right, is the way of the Irgun Zvai Leumi, the way of courage and daring without renouncing a single inch of our homeland. When political negations prove futile, one must be prepared to fight for our homeland and our freedom…This is not a moment at which I can lie, and I swear that if I had to begin my life anew I would have chosen the exact same path, regardless of the consequences for myself.”

— Excerpt from a letter sent by Dov to the Irgun Commander in Chief, Menachem Begin.


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The Voice of the Jewish Heart Speaks So Beautifully

the voice of the Jewish shepherd in Judea IsraelThank you Neshama at “Going Home…to Yerushalayim” for posting this beautiful story. In spite of everything, our People cling to the Land given to us by the Creator of All, doing what we have been doing since the times of Avraham Aveinu. We will never cease from this.



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They Keep Trying to Silence the Voice of the Jewish Heart

fight-against-assimilation-intermarriageIt appears that the sole objective of the erev rav is to silence the Voice of the Jewish Heart. They attack us from every direction. What is the end goal: elimination of Torah Jewry. What are their methods: arrests, detentions, trials, slander and..get ready…encouraged assimilation.

Yes, the erev rav forbids anything related to Judaism to be made available in the schools but encourages all things related to Christianity (see recent events in Tel Aviv and Hertzylia). They do not want the children to be “Judaized.” Even the IDF encourages missionaries and restricts Rabbis.

Now, they come after Lahava who has saved and is saving thousands of Jewish women, some very young, who find themselves lured into abusive relationships with Arab men. What is the crime? In the eyes of the erev rav, intermarriage is just one of the many channels through which they destroy Torah Jewry. It reminds me of Australia. The government sponsored and implemented a program whose purpose was to eradicate the original inhabitants of Australia. How would it be done? They would “breed” out the race. This is what the erev rav wants to do through their encouragement of intermarriage and harassing of all those who fight for HaShem to save every Jewish child.

May Moshiach please be revealed soon. In the meantime, we must Resist!


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They Are Afraid of Meir Ettinger

Once again Meir Ettinger has been banned from entering Yerushalayim, Judea and Shomron, and placed on house arrest. Several months ago, he was banned from teaching Torah and disseminating words of emet from HKBH. Hey, we do not need the Romans to come and oppress us. We have SShabak and medinat israel.

One does have to ask the question:

why is this erev rav medina so afraid of Meir Ettinger

Maybe because he speaks the truth??!!

Here is a recent article, that seems to have preceded the latest crack-down.

Kol HaKavod to the wonderful person who provided the translation. Saved me a lot of time!!!



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Emergency Update

Meir Ettinger has been served with a new administrative order, two months before the existing one is due to expire. Now they have added to the order that he is forbidden from teaching Torah. This outrage cannot continue. Please share this post and we must organize a chain of outrage that reaches to the highest levels of this government.



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Thank You From the People of Amona

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Defeating Klipa Amalek by Meir Ettinger





(The following is a loose translation of the first part of an article posted by Meir Ettinger on the 1st of August, 2016 in Hebrew on the website Kol HaYehudi)


Amalek’s klipa of hopelessness and coldness can be broken only with a stubborn knowledge and unshakable conviction that there is absolutely no such thing such as hopelessness in the world.

To win in our battle against Amalek, we need to be tenacious in our certainty that there is no hopelessness in the world at all.


Thoughts on a short video presentation of a suspect who allegedly admitted to taking actions against Arabs.

  1. “No choice” or “no hopelessness”

A couple of weeks ago, a short video was published featuring a Jew, who I do not know personally, who is suspected of taking actions of reprisals against Arabs. It appears that he broke down and admitted to investigators that he committed several deeds. The video allegedly explains why he broke down and why he made the admissions.

I do not know if this person did these deeds or not, and that was not the detail that interested me. What caught my attention was one particular aspect that captures the true reason about why this battle happens—the foundation of the dispute, if you will. Because, in this very place, are laying all the klipot of the powers that we must collect before the imminent geula.

When they asked him to explain why he admitted to these actions during the investigation, he kept repeating over and over the phrase: “no choice.” Also when he explained why he had changed his outlook on the world, (and it does not matter now, whether it is justified or not) he repeated and explained that there was “no choice.”

I asked myself, why was there no choice? There was a choice, and the truth is that had he remained silent over a period of one or two weeks, he and his friends would be walking around free today. The maximum he might have faced would have been restraining orders issued upon the moods and whims of the colonel and his buddies. There was no incriminating evidence against him, except his own confession. Why then, did he feel there was “no choice?”

The truth is that this concept of “no choice” has become an environment that is forced upon us from all directions and in all configurations, by the Shin Bet investigators, the media, and desperate politicians.

“You have to admit during the investigation. – Why? Because there is no choice. Why? Because! ”

“There is no magical solution to terrorism. Why? Because there is no choice. Says who? Because.”

“A Jewish state is not feasible, why? Because there is no choice.”

We are talking about things that are simply illogical and lacking any substance. Strange how they dare to say such things in the first place. How can you convince a person that he does not have a choice? Because in reality he has a simple and easy choice to not destroy the life of his friends or his own.

In the language of the Hasidim, this is called klipat Amalek—the aggression of chutzpah and rudeness that is governing wisdom. Amalek knows that there is no logic to his argument yet with impudence he repeats his false contentions. Because Amalek knows that in a world like this, lies can be absorbed and people will break if only he will make his case loudly and with confidence.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslev identified the klipa of Amalek in our generation as the poison of hopelessness. Hopelessness is in most cases illogical, because from the crevice in which a person finds himself, hopelessness cannot bring him to a better place. But Amalek continues to insist that there is no choice.

The secret of how to stand against a poison like this is to use exactly the same impudent strength, but of kidusha. In the face of the bellows from klipot Amalek about there being no choice, Rabbi Nachman screamed with a great voice, “there is no hopelessness in the world at all.”  Even if all wisdom and logic tells us that we are in a hopeless situation, we must stand up against it without any elucidation and say, “there is no hopelessness in the world at all.”

And this is the reason we must repeat to ourselves over and over, “there is no hopelessness, there is a choice.”

No one will break us. Why? Because.

The Jewish State is possible even if everything appears like a distant possibility. Just like that. Why? Because.

“In his hands, victory!”

[to be continued]

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Medinat Israel is not Medinat Ya’acov: Words of Inspiration from Meir Ettinger

מאיר_אטינגר211On June 1, 2016 Meir Ettinger was released from prison. They called it administrative detention, but it was not. It was false imprisonment with hardened criminals and convicted terrorists. Meir was held in solitary confinement. Everything about his imprisonment flew in the face of established law pertaining to how administrative detainees are to be treated. He was never charged, never had a trial, never had the chance to confront his accusers.  He was simply locked up to be forever silenced, or so they desired.

The headlines blasted the news: “Jewish extremist released,” “Jewish Terror Suspect Freed,” and so forth. Extremist? Terror suspect? Actually, Meir Ettinger is none of these. He, like so many young Jews trying to live a life true to Torah, merely expressed ideas that the State–Medinat Israel–found to be threatening. Why threatening? Because the voice of the Jewish heart exposes the lie in the hearts of those who do not believe.

Meir’s words are threatening to a medinat that envisions itself as existing in perpetuity. Medinat Israel does not dream of a Beit HaMikdash. It does not cry and yearn for Moshiach. As Meir points out so beautifully in the video below, medinat israel is not Medinat Ya’acov. And there is a difference.

In this video that was produced shortly after Meir’s release, he gives us a taste of the “dangerous” words of the Jewish heart that longs for geula, for a nation that lives on Torah, for Moshiach, for the completion of our task. And more importantly, he gives us koach to continue on with the war of emunah.


Everything happens according to the Will of HaShem

Meir describes his time in solitary confinement as very difficult and at times, he says, insanity was banging at the walls. Yet, at the same time, in this place of restriction, Meir was able to draw down from Above Torah and Kedusha. He reflected on the two ways in which HaShem interacts with us. Sometimes we are His messengers, carrying His Flag, which can be very heavy. But carry we must because this is what HaShem has chosen for us at certain times. The second is the way of neis, when we see that in fact, HaShem really does not need us at all. Through the neis, we see the power of HaShem, and that He is fully capable of doing everything by Himself. Therefore, when we have a task, even a heavy task to do, it is because HaShem has chosen us to do it for Him. Everything happens according to His Will.

Emunah in HaShem is paramount

Meir tells us that he believes Shabak is acting according to what they truly believe. But, he does not understand this belief system, because the only belief system is belief in HaShem. Yet, at the same time, in spite of how easy it would be to do so, Meir says that he does call them re’shaiim because they put him in jail. He understood that if he was in jail, it was because he had to work on repairing his relationship with HKBH. It became clear that everything is connected to belief in HKBH. His questioning, then, was not focused on Shabak, but rather on himself, to discover what was lacking in his emunah in HaShem.

Medinat Israel is not Medinat Ya’acov

Meir urges us to see how far Eretz Yisrael has fallen down from Torah, to really focus in and observe the situation with crystal vision. We can see how Medinat Israel not only fails to protect the Jews, but is actively hunting down and persecuting Jews for no reason other than their attachment to Torah. The medinat Israel has fallen all the way down to the level of torturing Jews. The realities of what is going on before our eyes exposes in the most potent way how much we need Medinat Ya’acov, the true Eretz Yisrael.

We are in a war of emunah

Shabak and Medinat Israel are fighting a war against religious Jews. Meir cautions us to keep in mind, that each time we pray, we are praying for the Beit HaMikdash, for Moshiach, for Shabbat, for Geula. Each of these is classified as a threat to the status quo of the Medinat, and its agent–Shabak. All we want is the Israel of our prayers, thousands of years of prayers, we yearn for this Israel and yet for Shabak, this is endangering the State. We dream of a medinat that represents and protects all the things that Am Israel is about and for which we have been fighting for all these years. But, our yearning is a threat and so they come to take us. Meir says it is critical for us to understand the danger of the situation we face today.

HKBH is always watching over us

In conclusion, Meir says that he has become less concerned about what “they” think or what they will decide to do. We can see how HKBH looks over us and protects us. Gush Katif was a terrible tragedy and traumatic experience. Yet, when Hamas fired thousands of rockets from Aza, HKBH displayed his rachamim and not a single rocket served its purpose.  Our duty, Meir says, is to engrave upon our heart what it means to be Yehudi, to bring clarity to what is the real mission of Am Yisrael and to see, with clear vision, what is the difference between medinat israel and Medinat Ya’acov.


Indeed, we are at war from all sides and even from within. Meir Ettinger’s words are so emet, potent and filled with strength. Regardless of the arrows, coming from every direction, we must strengthen and hold on to our emunah in HaShem. We must remember that He alone runs the world and is watching over us every moment. We must never succumb to the false medinat israel, but instead intensify our yearning, tefilah and tears for Medinat Ya’acov. In the end, we will win this war. Medinat Israel and Shabak and all the internal and external enemies will be gone like chaff in the wind.

I look forward to more words from this very wise young man.


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The Hilltop Youth

This poem was penned by Meir Ettinger in Hebrew, translated and posted to Arutz7 on 17 May, 2016. For a true appreciation of the ikar, if one can, one should try to read it in Ivrit.

You know it’s not easy for us to be heard

The media hardly allows us a word

And he who dares say the media is wrong,

is ground into bits by their teeth and their tongue.

They have a system that is oiled to perfection

One schemes, one directs, then they pen a confession

And he who dares question their machinations

Will find out that his past needs “investigations.”

Still we try to explain a thing or two,

In the hope that you’ll realize it all rings true–

No I don’t mind repeating our story to you,

I’m in prison for months, there’s nothing to do.

If you’ve listened to all the distortions of truth,

Then you shudder at hearing the words, “Hilltop youth”

Someday we will tell you about the machine,

That processes facts and decides what they mean.

But for now, here is a message that we hope will hit home,

(We’re writing our story in rhyme, like a poem).

The hilltop youth–you won’t hear in the news

Have hearts filled with love for their fellow Jews

And when they noticed the emperor’s clothes were awry,

They couldn’t, like others, just let him pass by.

In their young minds, many questions arose,

When they saw that the emperor lacked more than his clothes.

True, they had no proper contacts, methods and means

But were willing to try–after all they are teens.

The truth they were missing, that is what they sought,

To fill the lacunae in what they’d been taught

To them, life was simple, they needed no frills

They went out to find truth, on the bare rocky hills.

Down below was erudition, with all degrees listed

Could that be the reason so much had been twisted?

Only when young can this search be undertaken

We could step back from the crowd and try to awaken.

Families murdered on roads, in our land? We asked why

We know it’s preventable if you really try

Perhaps someone up there has a head that is hollow

That doesn’t keep him from leading–but why do you follow?

And when no one could give us a good explanation

It deepened the fear for the state of our nation

And led us to feeling of isolation

If matters so crucial are covered in plaster,

It’s no wonder foundations crack all the faster.

Then many fine youth came to join and do good

Feel the pain of the nation–as all of us should

The establishment shunned them and on them heaped blame

And everyone else joined to rush in the game.

The youth on the hilltops were stunned by this ploy

Why the unleashed aggression, the need to destroy?

How could adults abrogate their own rules

And behave toward their children in ways that were cruel?

At first they had gazed on the children in wonder

But when truth posed a threat, they tore them asunder

For they know by themselves what we know very well

That power and honor is what makes their hearts swell.

We must have stumbled on some great mystery

Maybe someone is trying to rewrite history

Otherwise there is no way to fathom

What led them down to this moral chasm.

How turn evil into good and good into evil?

They gathered against us as if we’re the devil

Why create a new story every few days?

When we’d watch the news, we’d be simply amazed.

True, we do dream of ending our people’s disgrace

Hoping one day to see the Temple in its rightful place

We believe that all of Israel is our eternal possession

And want our leaders to say no to secession.

This is what Jews prayed for throughout the years

Through gas and fire and blood and tears.

So why do they treat us as if we’re deranged?

What Jewish aspiration has changed?

Why did they arrest us with such needless violence?

And leave us to vanquish in cells of silence?

Police made a mockery of the law

And when they caused us pain, broad smiles we saw.

Why does terror continue despite Tzahal forces

While the world keeps silent and its media endorses?

Our leaders with stopping the terror just toy

But command the army, “Hilltop settlements destroy!”

The police did not emerge out of the blue

With every new government, it’s resurrected anew

Once again the British White Paper comes to pass

As each new government hopes that their power will last.

If someone notices that the emperor is sans his attire

He becomes a threat to be extinguished like fire

All the media join to burn the witch at the stake

With all of the threats and wild claims they can make.

You may feel that I am too rash in penning these words

But what we have here is a theater of the absurd.

Just one last question allow me to bring:

If my being free is the threatening thing

Maybe something very fundamental is the matter

If I, a singer at heart, am deemed the Mad Hatter.

Alright, enough, I will silence my breath

Lest jailers administratively detain this bad poet to death.

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The Holiday of Freedom for Prisoners

Meir Ettinger is still in prison in Beer Sheva. Yet in honor of passover, his family has provided Hakol Hayehudi with a poem from his archives.

Shall Zion not ask the Holiday of Freedom for its prisoners?

Once again they celebrate in cuffs, the youths,

Those who ask her health and wish her best,

The zealots for her holiness and respect.

They chase her beauty and splendor,

They know her greatness and deepest secrets.

What will we tell our children at the table?

For slaves we were, and so too we remain.

Why do we not offer the sacrifice of G-d?

And place our heart towards the vacant altar.

Again we sit at the Seder table,

And fail to acknowledge all that we are lacking.

Under a pile of Chametz our hopes are still hidden,

Even after having come so far to reach this situation.

Trapped in the straits of Redemption,

Yet insisting on remaining halfway in the darkness.

Having gathered home from all the exiles,

Yet still as jackals in the pit of lions.

Having left the Soviet Union and Persia,

Yet refusing to build for Him the holy Temple.

Who remembers the Temple like Hillel*?

Even as we recite the Hallel**?

For now they are still in prison,

Next year may they truly be free to fulfill His vision.

*During the Seder we eat the Hillel sandwich which is introduced with the phrase, “A remembrance for the Temple like Hillel.”

**The Hallel is a part of the Seder where we praise G-d for his blessings.


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