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Friday, November 16, 2012

Shabbat Shalom/administrivia

I hope that my you have noticed that I added a Twitter widget to the right side of my webpage, showing tweets and retweets from Israeli officials and spokespeople. It is a good place to keep up with what is happening - even when I am not online.

You should follow my Twitter feed as well, there is plenty there that I do not have a chance to post. Follow me on Twitter, too!

In fact, many of you have done just that. I gained about a hundred followers over the past three days, pushing my follower count to over 3000!

I also got mentioned in the New York Times Lede column for a tweet I sent out:

Which also goes to show how absurdly biased Al Jazeera correspondents are.

The blog has been getting lots of hits as well, doubling its normal traffic.

One tip that can be very helpful: when you see an anti-Israel image online, on a blog or tweet, you can check to see if it is really a new image or a recycled one by using Google Image Search. You can drag the image to the search box in http://images.google.com or you can use the Firefox and Chrome plugins to search from the image itself. Already the anti-Israel crowd has been caught many times posting fake images of dead babies from Syria or elsewhere.  (h/t O)

Anyway, it is getting close to Shabbat where I am. I wish all my readers a Shabbat Shalom in the truest sense of the words.

Here is the text of the prayer for the welfare of the Israeli army that is said in many synagogues every week, and which has a special poignancy this Shabbat as Israel prepares for a likely ground invasion:


מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת חַיָּלֵי צְבָא הֲגַנָּה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, הָעוֹמְדִים עַל מִשְׁמַר אַרְצֵנוּ וְעָרֵי אֱל-הֵינוּ מִגְּבוּל הַלְּבָנוֹן וְעַד מִדְבַּר מִצְרַיִם וּמִן הַיָּם הַגָּדוֹל עַד לְבוֹא הָעֲרָבָה בַּיַּבָּשָׁה בָּאֲוִיר וּבַיָּם. יִתֵּן ה' אֶת אוֹיְבֵינוּ הַקָּמִים עָלֵינוּ נִגָּפִים לִפְנֵיהֶם. הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא יִשְׁמֹר וְיַצִּיל אֶת חַיָלֵינוּ מִכָּל צָרָה וְצוּקָה וּמִכָּל נֶגַע וּמַחְלָה וְיִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה וְהַצְלָחָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵיהֶם. יַדְבֵּר שׂוֹנְאֵינוּ תַּחְתֵּיהֶם וִיעַטְרֵם בְּכֶתֶר יְשׁוּעָה וּבְעֲטֶרֶת נִצָּחוֹן. וִיקֻיַּם בָּהֶם הַכָּתוּב: כִּי ה' אֱלֹ-הֵיכֶם הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם איבֵיכֶם לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם: וְנאמַר אָמֵן: