Friday, June 30, 2017

Lowell's Show: Les and Lowell Interview Baruch Widen on "Putting the Z (for Zionism) Back Into Muzlim"

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Friday, June 30th, 2017 (6 Tammuz, 5777):

Les and Lowell interview Baruch Widen on "Putting the Z
(for Zionism) Back Into Muzlim"
The Lowell Gallin Show
June 22nd, 2017


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

"Putting the Z [for Zionism] back into Muzzzlim"

Speaker: Mr. Baruch Widen, Former Student, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem

OU Israel Center
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Program Chair: Dr. Les Glassman

M.C.: Mr. Lowell Joseph Gallin

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During 2017 I will also be working on Volume Two of my Cracking the Qur'an Code book series, which chronicles the growing global movement of pro-Israel, pro-Jewish and pro-Zionist Arabs and Muslims worldwide.

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The Cracking the Qur'an Code: God's Land, Torah and People Covenants with Israel in the Qur'an and Islamic Tradition book series is written in honor and based on the teachings of Former Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi of Rome, Italy; and Dr. Asher Eder z"l (of blessed memory) of Jerusalem, Israel, Muslim and Jewish Co-Founders of the Islam-Israel Fellowship (established 1997) of the Root and Branch Association, Ltd. (established 1981).

Shalom from Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Lowell Joseph Gallin
(Aryeh Yosef Ben Meir)
(Asad Yusuf Ibn Anwar)



Baruch David Widen
Ein Rogel 5/5
Abu Tor, Jerusalem

1999: 1st time to Eretz Yisrael. It is a deathly cold afternoon; I had no idea of the freezing weather in the Middle East. At the old ramshackle Peace Cafe across the street from Damascus Gate. Everyone sits among the piles of trash. Everyone is smoking. We are all male, morbid. I meet a younger Arab man who asked if I was a Jew, then informed me that his grandfather was Jewish. I asked him about the conflict:

“What do the Arabs really want?”

He answered without hesitation: “Kavod.”

“Who do you want Kavod from?”

“The Jews.”


2002: 2nd Intifada Days. I explored by bike the Mount of Olives. There is an openly hostile environment in the neighborhood, there is yelling, graffiti everywhere. Two young boys observe me passing back and forth in front of their home, then insist that I follow them through a small cellar door. “Mister! Come here, Mister!”

Strangely, I agree and go down a long dark hallway, not knowing what awaits. Yet I am thrilled by the very uncertainty. The hallway goes pitch black and the thought emerges that I may have made a fatal error. Finally, a door is forced open, we enter a small room flooded with natural ambient light — a typical Islamic grave site, with a dark green upholstered covering draped over a raised coffin-like plaster mold — It is Hulda the Prophetess' kever.

They thrust a thoroughly tattered Book of Psalms in Hebrew into my right hand, lower their heads in prayer and command me: “You're a Jew, read!”


2005: 1st Hebrew Ulpan, there are two students named Muhammad. I call them, to their faces, Muhammad Aleph & Muhammad Beit. I note that they habitually cut to the head of the long line of Westerners for food-service at the break. One day, they happen to cut in front of me and I pull them both back together, sharply, by the shoulders: I explain: “I'm from Texas, you can go the back of the line.” They scowled hard at me, stood dumbfounded for a moment and then headed to the back of the line.

The Westerners in line finally exhale; they are horrified, aghast. The Muhammads and I become great friends — we share snacks every day.


2007: Compassionate Listening Conference between Israelis and Palestinians in Beit Jalla: A tough, religious, Western-educated woman from Hebron addresses me in the session: “The rock is more powerful than the F-16!” I reply: “No it isn't.”

We make a circle under instructions from the (American) leaders. I am placed next to a young woman from Beit Lehem wearing a hijab, I wear a kippah. We tell the leaders that we, as observant adults, cannot hold hands & thereby touch as instructed. They tell us we must do so!... as everyone in the group is holding hands!

We hold hands for many minutes. At first it is very awkward, then a certain warmth flows, followed by tight clench, unbreakable. Afterwards, she tells me: “You look like my brother, your beard is the same. He was shot in the head and killed instantly in Beit Lehem. Your hand felt hot in mine.” I later write a poem with the title: Your Hand Felt Hot In Mine — it is later translated into Arabic & Hebrew. I realized that nearly all Arabs in the Land have rarely touched a Jew.


2010: Al-Quds University Center for Jerusalem Studies (CSJ): Ameerah (a/k/a Queen Latifah) is my first instructor in Arabic. After class over coffee, she says, “You're a Jew, correct? Can you answer my questions about the Bar-Mitzvah? I do so, then I get my chance:

“May I ask you three simple questions?”


“Can we make peace?”

“Yes, of course.”

“Do we need a 3rd-Party to make peace, like the UN or Norway or the USA?”

“No, of course not.”

“Can you renounce violence?”

There is no reply. She lowers her eyes gently, modestly and is silent — She possesses immense pride and maybe a bit of shame.

She tells me: “My family is Palestinian, we have Palestinian ID's but we carry Jordanian passports, so we can't land in Ben Gurion airport, but must go through Amman instead. We all have good jobs in Israel: My husband, who is my cousin, is the manager at the David Citadel Hotel.

“Yes, that's great -- it seems to me that without Arab labor there is not much of a hospitality industry in Israel, nor a healthcare industry nor a construction industry...”

Ameerah interjects: “We have built every building in Jerusalem.”

Family life is of supreme importance to Muslims: They want to marry everybody, it seems. Maybe it is a way of giving a compliment; some say it is a form of jihad.

In 2008, I join the Interreligious Encounter Association (I.E.A.) which promotes dialogue and experience-sharing between believing Jews, Muslims and Christians. I am placed in a group called Reut-Sadaqa (Friendship). We take a tiul, a road-trip to Haifa to tour the The Terraces of the Baha'i' Faith, also know as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa. There is a large contingent of middle-age devout Muslim women. I decide not to enter the Shrine of Bab for meditation with the group -- the introductory lecture on Bahaism by two British converts was unsettling enough and I really needed to find a restroom.

There are no seats left on the bus ride back to Jerusalem, so I stand and hold the railing by the back door.

A half-hour out, one of the Muslim women, in a hijab, summarily gets up from her seat and takes out some thick black thread. Without a word, she ties the black thread around my right wrist, then around the silver hand railing and back around her own right wrist. Lifting up her bound hand, she smiles at me.

“What is going on?” I ask the giggling contingent.

“She is very happy you did not enter the Shrine, as you are clearly a G-d-Fearing Jew. Now she is saying that you two are to be married.”

Later in 2012 at an Al-Quds University iftar (Ramadan meal after sunset) reception, I meet N., whose family fled Tehran after the Khomeini Revolution and moved as refugees to Sweden. She is in Palestine to work for TIPH, The International Presence in Hebron. N. is an observant Muslim, yet she was dressed smartly, Western-style: Low pump heels, fitted pants and long black hair cascading freely over a red TIPH t-shirt. She is shocked and intrigued that I have a sense of humor about the situation in Hebron. I explain that she, like many activists, suffers from the over-dramatization and fethishization of all things Palestinian.

She finds out that I am in town apart from my wife & kids and that I am an artist, a painter.

“Would you like to join me tomorrow evening for an exhibition opening in the Old City, at the Austrian Hospice?”

“I'll meet you there, what time?”.

As we walk in the gallery together, the whole Al-Quds intelligentsia is there. They are not pleased:

“First you steal our land, now you take our women?!”

I give high-fives all around and we explode in laughter.

While in the Old City, N. insists that I escort her to the Western Wall, so she can pray there.

Afterward, at a cafe in the Jewish Quarter, she conducts the interview:

“You have a wife. You are married.”


“She is Jewish?”

“Yes. At least in America, she surely is.”

“Why is she not in Jerusalem?”

“She's coming later; It's complicated.”

“And you two have no children..”

“No — I thought I told you — I'm sorry, I have six kids ... some with other women ... this is not my first wife.”

“Oh no!!” N. became sad, clearly downcast.

I inquire: “So the Jewish wife is not a problem for you, but the Jewish kids are?”

“Yes ... I don't know ... I was just hoping that there was a chance that we, you and me, could marry & have Muslim children possibly.”

“Where in the world would we marry? --- there are bigamy laws for US citizens.”

“Sweden. Not a problem.”


2010: Al-Quds University CSJ: The university staff give me two great pieces of advice:

1) Always say “inshallah” after everything you say.

Example: I will do the homework, inshallah; I'll meet you later at the restaurant, inshallah, I'm trying to get along with my flat-mates, inshallah; I'm generally hopeful about the situation, inshallah.

2) Whatever goes wrong, it's the Occupation.

Example: The conference was canceled, it's the Occupation and there is a general strike, it's the Occupation, my business is failing, because of the Occupation, and my girlfriend wants to break up with me -- don't you know what it is like living under Occupation?


2011: Al-Quds University CSJ: Muhammad Alayan of Beit Safafa, 2nd instructor in Arabic.

His pearls:

“Only the right-wing in Israel can bring peace.”

“One day, I am sure, there will be an Arab Prime Minister of the State of Israel.”

“The Arabic Language is Gymnastics for The Mind. 16 tenses.”

“There is no doubt that the finest Islamic University in the Middle East is Tel Aviv U.”

“Jews should not convert to Islam — we already have too many good Muslims!”

“How can you Jews not enjoy chicken with hot yogurt — the best! What is wrong with you?”

“I am the principal of a high school in Beit Safafa: We have two tracks for curriculum: The Israeli & The Palestinian. Any student that wants to be an engineer, a doctor, lawyer, businessman, etc. will select the Israeli track — and I encourage it. The Palestinian track is all just slogans and is only good for the security services and activists.”

“We in Beit Safafa were all Jews 400 years ago. We converted here in Palestine under the Ottomans.”

“Please come visit me in Beit Safafa, but don't ask for Muhammad Alayan. There are forty guys with that name in the village.”

Palestinian Arabic is heavily Qu'ranic: Here, you call a man, a good man, your friend, your good neighbor “Zalame”. That is a word from the Qu'ran, like the word Ish or Gever is from Biblical Hebrew. In Egypt, you call your friend, the guy you admire a “Mosh”, which means a hideous monster.”

“We Israeli Arabs like to camp out, in tents by our cars, down by Eilat. We stay overnight in Egypt through the Taba Crossing —everything is cheap. We can recognize who is from Israel and who is from Egypt by the license plates. The Egyptians say: “You Israeli Arabs think you are better than everybody else.”

“We say: We know we are.”


2012: Meeting with Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh at his office conference room at the main campus in Abu Dis. He explains:

“I have worked all my life towards normalization. I felt there should be a university for Palestinians, a place for the free and open exchange of ideas. We always wanted accreditation in the Israeli University system and we still do.”

We are sitting around a large table. Lining the walls, surrounding us, are large, grim men in suits who are listening in, but do not speak. Their eyes are on Sari, who is increasingly nervous.

In the Q&A, I bring up his latest book: "What is a Palestinian State Worth?" where Nusseibeh argues for The State of Israel to annex the West Bank, I ask him:

“You know that if Israel annexes the West Bank, as you advocate in your book, then that is the practical end of the Palestinian Authority.”

Sari Nusseibeh, like many Muslims, has a habit of holding, turning and caressing a string of prayer beads called subha or misbaha, containing beads to correspond to the 99 names of Allah. They are sometimes called worry beads. There is a brilliant chapter of his book entitled: Who Runs the World “Us” or Thugs?

He is surrounded by thugs in his own office. Nevertheless, he replies:

“Yes, that may be true, but many will transition into the integrated security services and into local administration.”

I make note of the tense situation: “Uh ... you're really working the beads, there, Sari.”

(There was a video of the twelve-minute exchange between us which was immediately put on You Tube. Two weeks later, it had vanished).


2012: Al-Quds Master's Program in Jerusalem Studies, Dr. Omar Yousef, Program Coordinator:

“The movement for self-determination for Palestinians is moving from physical resistance to cultural defiance.”

“Israelis play chess, we play ping-pong”.


2012: At Nazareth, I participated in an Arab-Jewish Sufi Ramadan musical prayer & mediation meeting. The elder leader, the patriarch of the house, sits outside with me at the break. His place is regularly fire-bombed by Salafists in Nazareth. He is fasting, I take some water. Eschewing Arabic or English, he abruptly makes a statement in Hebrew:

“Do you know why we Muslims kill each other? Because we have rejected you, the Jews, our older brother in the Faith.”


2013: Professor Bernard, Master's Program in Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University:

His pearls:

“I am the great, great, great grandson of a Sicilian Roman Catholic patriarch. We came to Palestine hundreds of years ago. Now I am a self-identified “Jerusalemite.”

“In 2006, I the PA elected me to the Parliament's Jerusalem Council. Not much to do in the Palestinian Parliament except collect a salary.”

“There are 13 recognized Churches/Denominations in Israel & Jordan. All the denominational heads in Israel meet occasionally in a Council of Religious Institutions in the Hold Land. When we Christians speak of Islam here, we say: We are working together. When we speak of Israel, we say: We get along with the Jews. The Jews always say: Seek us! Look at us!”

“The first Qiblah (direction of prayer) in Islam was Jerusalem.”

“We here are all involved in mutual negation, not mutual acceptance. The Palestinian practical view is this: Get past the checkpoint and pretend Israel doesn't exist.”

“It is nearly impossible to have religious dialogue in the Holy City without a political, meaning Jewish, dimension. And the projection of a religious dimension onto our political processes is a disaster.”

“There is a well-know local Arab saying: 'You can eat with a Jew and sleep with a Christian'.”


2013: Al-Quds University, King Faisal Street, Old City. I am invited to participate in a MA Program Seminar: Islamic Philosophy, the Life & Works of Al-Ghazali, given by Professor Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, whose title is The Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali's Work at Al-Aqsa Mosque & Al-Quds University, Bab Al-Rahmah (Golden/Mercy Gate).

I learn that Al-Ghazali is, by consensus, the principal thinker and theologian of Medieval Islam, perhaps for all periods. His personal piety was undeniably mystic in nature, but his main writings are based on rational reasoning. In Modern Islamic thought, he securely holds a stature that is similar to that of Maimonides in Modern Jewish religious thought.

Al-Ghazali was the principal Sage of his generation in Bagdhad, a seat of the Caliphate. He had honor, wealth and many sons. In mid-life, he experienced a spiritual crisis of faith and abandoned everything in order to make a pilgimage to Jerusalem and live as a mendicant in the subterranean stone chambers below the Dome of the Rock. Years later, he emerges and writes The Jerusalem Epistle, a foundational and seminal work for Islam to this day. In the Epistle, Al-Ghazali states what Allah most definitely is NOT, not what he IS.

After the lecture, the professor waves me over:

“As you are a Jewish person; I would like to share something with you.”


“There are two dates, two developments, that led to the decline of Islam.”

“Who's saying? ... I'm not saying that Islam has declined, significantly not, maybe ... ”

“Be that as it may! The first date you probably do not know.”

“What is it, already?”


“What happened then?”

“The sacking of the Baghdad Libraries by the Mongols, the Khans.”

“Wow. Who knows what was lost?”

“A lot. The second date you must surely know --- 1492.”

“The Expulsion from Spain. On Tisha B'Av! Terrible for the Jews. Why was this so bad for Islam?”

“I want you to read the Decree, the Alhambra Decree, that is your homework, just read the text, the Decree was the nail in the coffin.”

The Alhambra decree was issued many centuries after the commencement of the Reconquista, the gradual reconquest of Muslim Iberia by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. It reads as an extended diatribe against all forms of Jewish religion: The edict rails repeatedly against the Jews who:

“..observe their law ... hold a wicked belief and conviction in their law ... teaching the history of their law ... to hold and observe the law of Moses ... to the great injury, detriment and opprobrium of our Holy Catholic Faith.”

I understood. Muslims, like Jews, utterly reject Trinitarian concepts of the Divine and live their lives according to a divinely-revealed, living law, beginning at Mount Sinai and spiraling forward to the present and on to forever. We are Semites, the Desert People, People of the Absolute Oneness, The Name -- His Name is One. Our unique calling.

I understood: Al-Ghazali was right — we can never know with certainty what G-d is, we are stuck with words. However, we can use divinely-revealed language, and yes, law, to know, with certainty, what G-d is not.

I understood: Muslims & Jews. Our destinies as faith communities are intertwined. We meet again, at the end of days, in the land of our forefathers Isaac and Ishmael.


2014: Al-Quds University CSJ outings in the West Bank with Cultural Anthropologist Ali Qliebo:

“The PA wants to control everything in our lives, even our relationship with G-d.”

“Nablusians think they are the best Palestinians, the toughest, the most patriotic. They just don't realize that we in Jerusalem are better.”

“There used to be no conflict between Christians and Muslims in old Palestine. All Palestinian religion is syncretic; everyone also practiced Jewish customs.”

“A saying: The reason the moonrise is so sweet in Jerusalem is because the moon is kissed by Jericho on the way.”

“When I grew up in the Old City, the Dome was a beautiful slate-gray lead, not this cheap golden flim-flam. There used to be truly amazing antique Persian rugs inside, all around the Rock. The Jordanians took them out and put in tasteless wall-to-wall carpeting, so that it looks like a Hilton.”


2015: Al Quds University Ramadan nights visiting the many Old City Sufi Zawiyas (Guesthouses, prayer-centers), with Mr. Mahmoud Abu Eid, Jerusalem historian and mystic. We gather in a large circle for coffee in some impossibly hidden courtyard of the Muslim Quarter, bathed in green light. Abu Eid teaches:

“You must understand about hadith, -- a report of what the Prophet said or did in a particular situation. Some hadith are from eye-witnesses of the Prophet's generation, some are from much, much later, even from a few hundred years ago. It is taught there are 33,000 hadith; We accept 5,000.”

At Herod's/Flower Gate, as we depart for the evening, we exchange blessings and he whispers to me:

“We live side by side, but we don't know each other.”


2016: I stay overnight at the Chain Gate Hostel directly opposite the Dome of the Rock. It appears to be the closest place in Jerusalem, not on Har HaBayit (Temple Mount) itself, to actually sleep by the historic location of the Holy of Holies. I lodge in a damp stone chamber with no windows that sleeps eight.

Everyone in the hostel appears to be psychololgically disturbed, except one: A bright young man studying at UC Berkeley. He is clearly of Semitic or Middle Eastern origin.

I ask him: “What is your faith tradition?”

“Nothing in particular.”

“Yeah, OK ... do you want to go with me for a walk?”

“You are Jewish. And from here, right? Give me a tour of the Muslim Quarter.”

The young man listens attentively as I use my rudimentary Arabic to buy us some fruit. He compliments me, arousing some suspicion. Ten minutes later, we just happen find ourselves right next to the most Northeasterly gate that enters the Mount.

“Let me return the favor. Would you like some figs?” He then engages the merchant in fluent, highly polite Arabic.

I make note: “You are a card-carrying Muslim, aren't you?”

“I am Syrian — my family got out in the 90's; Do you want to go into Al-Aqsa?”

“Yes, but speak Arabic to me as we pass by the guards.”

It is a perfect Jerusalem early summer evening, a soft lazy moon afloat in a purple sky. We are both overcome with a delightful tangible gratitude. We have gone up. There is an open Heaven and we know it.

I go first: “Let me ask you a question: What is the hardest part of being a student at Berkeley — the Muslim part or the G-d part?”

“Oh the G-d part, hands down. They are clueless. Let me ask you a question — what do you think about Muhammad and the Jews of Quraysh*?”

It is an interesting question. I am suddenly speechless, which is unusual for me.

I take some time, exhale, and then reply:

“I think it was a mistake.”

The bright young man lowers his head and does not reply.

We both turn towards the Dome and pray.

* There is a well-know story: The Banu Qurayza were Meccan Jews who had tried to stay neutral in the conflict between Muhammad & his rag-tag band of followers and the still polytheistic and established tribe of Quraysh, who were custodians of the Kabbah shrine in Mecca — the Quraysh being the very tribe that the Prophet had been born into. After these Jews abandoned the pact they had made previously with Muhammad, they were charged with treason and violently besieged by the Muslims commanded by Muhammad. After surrender, they were systematically beheaded, one by one, until just a few at the very end of the line converted to Islam. Some versions of the story posit that only the last surviving Jew actually converted, only after all his brethren, who could bear witness, were dead.

The historicity of this incident has been seriously questioned through the ages by scholars. People in the media often claim it is a story of the Qur’an, without challenge. The narrative is in the body of hadith and is often quoted by Jews who dislike Islam and by Muslims who dislike Jews.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has named one of its ballistic missiles “Quraysh.”



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lowell's Show: Lowell's First Weekly Third Templeside Chat from Givat Chananiya (Hill of the Priests) Jerusalem, ISRAEL

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Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 (29 Iyar, 5777):

Lowell's First Weekly Third Templeside Chat
from Givat Chananiya (Hill of the Priests) Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 (28 Iyar, 5777)

Recorded on the Hill of the Priests (Givat Chananiya/Abu Tor), Jerusalem, ISRAEL
on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017



Monday, April 24, 2017

Lowell's Show: Interview with Heddy and Fanny on "1934: Aliyah to the Land of Israel from Nazi Germany"

RBIS (Root and Branch Information Services)
Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Monday, April 24th, 2017 (28 Nisan, 5777):

This Post in Honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day),
Monday, April 24th, 2017

"Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.

In Israel, it is a national memorial day.  It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to the Jewish Sabbath, in which case the date is shifted by a day".

Lowell interviews Heddy and Fanny on
"1934:  Aliyah to the Land of Israel from Nazi Germany"
Monday, June 12, 2012


Yehezkel/Ezekiel 37

א  הָיְתָה עָלַי, יַד-יְהוָה, וַיּוֹצִאֵנִי בְרוּחַ יְהוָה, וַיְנִיחֵנִי בְּתוֹךְ הַבִּקְעָה; וְהִיא, מְלֵאָה עֲצָמוֹת.1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and the Lord carried me out in a spirit, and set me down in the midst of THE VALLEY, and it WAS FULL OF BONES;
ב  וְהֶעֱבִירַנִי עֲלֵיהֶם, סָבִיב סָבִיב; וְהִנֵּה רַבּוֹת מְאֹד עַל-פְּנֵי הַבִּקְעָה, וְהִנֵּה יְבֵשׁוֹת מְאֹד.2 and He caused me to pass by them round about, and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
ג  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי--בֶּן-אָדָם, הֲתִחְיֶינָה הָעֲצָמוֹת הָאֵלֶּה; וָאֹמַר, אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה אַתָּה יָדָעְתָּ.3 And he said unto me:  'SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?'  And I answered: 'O Lord God, Thou knowest.'
ד  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי, הִנָּבֵא עַל-הָעֲצָמוֹת הָאֵלֶּה; וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם--הָעֲצָמוֹת הַיְבֵשׁוֹת, שִׁמְעוּ דְּבַר-יְהוָה.4 Then He said unto me: 'Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them: O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord:
ה  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, לָעֲצָמוֹת הָאֵלֶּה:  הִנֵּה אֲנִי מֵבִיא בָכֶם, רוּחַ--וִחְיִיתֶם.5 THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD UNTO THESE BONES:  BEHOLD, I WILL CAUSE BREATH TO ENTER INTO YOU, AND YE SHALL LIVE.
ו  וְנָתַתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם גִּידִים וְהַעֲלֵתִי עֲלֵיכֶם בָּשָׂר, וְקָרַמְתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם עוֹר, וְנָתַתִּי בָכֶם רוּחַ, וִחְיִיתֶם; וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה.6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.'
ז  וְנִבֵּאתִי, כַּאֲשֶׁר צֻוֵּיתִי; וַיְהִי-קוֹל כְּהִנָּבְאִי, וְהִנֵּה-רַעַשׁ, וַתִּקְרְבוּ עֲצָמוֹת, עֶצֶם אֶל-עַצְמוֹ.7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a commotion, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
ח  וְרָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה-עֲלֵיהֶם גִּדִים, וּבָשָׂר עָלָה, וַיִּקְרַם עֲלֵיהֶם עוֹר, מִלְמָעְלָה; וְרוּחַ, אֵין בָּהֶם.8 And I beheld, and, lo, there were sinews upon them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them.
ט  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי, הִנָּבֵא אֶל-הָרוּחַ; הִנָּבֵא בֶן-אָדָם וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל-הָרוּחַ  {ס}  כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, מֵאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת בֹּאִי הָרוּחַ, וּפְחִי בַּהֲרוּגִים הָאֵלֶּה, וְיִחְיוּ.9 Then said He unto me: 'Prophesy unto the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath:  Thus saith the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.'
י  וְהִנַּבֵּאתִי, כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּנִי; וַתָּבוֹא בָהֶם הָרוּחַ וַיִּחְיוּ, וַיַּעַמְדוּ עַל-רַגְלֵיהֶם--חַיִל, גָּדוֹל מְאֹד-מְאֹד.10 SO I PROPHESIED AS HE COMMANDED ME, AND THE BREATH CAME INTO THEM, AND THEY LIVED, AND STOOD UP UPON THEIR FEET, AN EXCEEDING GREAT HOST.
יא  וַיֹּאמֶר, אֵלַי, בֶּן-אָדָם, הָעֲצָמוֹת הָאֵלֶּה כָּל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל הֵמָּה; הִנֵּה אֹמְרִים, יָבְשׁוּ עַצְמוֹתֵינוּ וְאָבְדָה תִקְוָתֵנוּ--נִגְזַרְנוּ לָנוּ.11 Then He said unto me: 'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.
יב  לָכֵן הִנָּבֵא וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם, כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה אֲנִי פֹתֵחַ אֶת-קִבְרוֹתֵיכֶם וְהַעֲלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרוֹתֵיכֶם, עַמִּי; וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם, אֶל-אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל.12 Therefore prophesy, and say unto them: THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD:  BEHOLD, I WILL OPEN YOUR GRAVES, AND CAUSE YOU TO COME UP OUT OF YOUR GRAVES, O MY PEOPLE; AND I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
יג  וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה:  בְּפִתְחִי אֶת-קִבְרוֹתֵיכֶם, וּבְהַעֲלוֹתִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרוֹתֵיכֶם--עַמִּי.13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people.
יד  וְנָתַתִּי רוּחִי בָכֶם וִחְיִיתֶם, וְהִנַּחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם עַל-אַדְמַתְכֶם; וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה, דִּבַּרְתִּי וְעָשִׂיתִי--נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {פ}14 And I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU, AND YE SHALL LIVE, AND I WILL PLACE YOU IN YOUR OWN LAND; and ye shall know that I the Lord have spoken, and performed it, saith the Lord.'
טו  וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה, אֵלַי לֵאמֹר.15 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
טז  וְאַתָּה בֶן-אָדָם, קַח-לְךָ עֵץ אֶחָד, וּכְתֹב עָלָיו לִיהוּדָה, וְלִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל חֲבֵרָו; וּלְקַח, עֵץ אֶחָד, וּכְתוֹב עָלָיו לְיוֹסֵף עֵץ אֶפְרַיִם, וְכָל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל חֲבֵרָו.16 'And thou, son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it: For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions; then take another stick, and write upon it: For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and of all the house of Israel his companions;
יז  וְקָרַב אֹתָם אֶחָד אֶל-אֶחָד, לְךָ--לְעֵץ אֶחָד; וְהָיוּ לַאֲחָדִים, בְּיָדֶךָ.17 and join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand.
יח  וְכַאֲשֶׁר יֹאמְרוּ אֵלֶיךָ, בְּנֵי עַמְּךָ לֵאמֹר:  הֲלוֹא-תַגִּיד לָנוּ, מָה-אֵלֶּה לָּךְ.18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by these?
יט  דַּבֵּר אֲלֵהֶם, כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה אֲנִי לֹקֵחַ אֶת-עֵץ יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר בְּיַד-אֶפְרַיִם, וְשִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל חֲבֵרָו; וְנָתַתִּי אוֹתָם עָלָיו אֶת-עֵץ יְהוּדָה, וַעֲשִׂיתִם לְעֵץ אֶחָד, וְהָיוּ אֶחָד, בְּיָדִי.19 say into them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.
כ  וְהָיוּ הָעֵצִים אֲשֶׁר-תִּכְתֹּב עֲלֵיהֶם, בְּיָדְךָ--לְעֵינֵיהֶם.20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes.
כא  וְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם, כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה אֲנִי לֹקֵחַ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, מִבֵּין הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הָלְכוּ-שָׁם; וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֹתָם מִסָּבִיב, וְהֵבֵאתִי אוֹתָם אֶל-אַדְמָתָם.21 And say unto them: THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD:  BEHOLD, I WILL TAKE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM AMONG THE NATIONS, WHITHER THEY ARE GONE, AND WILL GATHER THEM ON EVERY SIDE, AND BRING THEM INTO THEIR OWN LAND;
כב  וְעָשִׂיתִי אֹתָם לְגוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ, בְּהָרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וּמֶלֶךְ אֶחָד יִהְיֶה לְכֻלָּם, לְמֶלֶךְ; וְלֹא יהיה- (יִהְיוּ-) עוֹד לִשְׁנֵי גוֹיִם, וְלֹא יֵחָצוּ עוֹד לִשְׁתֵּי מַמְלָכוֹת עוֹד.22 and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;
כג  וְלֹא יִטַּמְּאוּ עוֹד, בְּגִלּוּלֵיהֶם וּבְשִׁקּוּצֵיהֶם, וּבְכֹל, פִּשְׁעֵיהֶם; וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּי אֹתָם, מִכֹּל מוֹשְׁבֹתֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר חָטְאוּ בָהֶם, וְטִהַרְתִּי אוֹתָם וְהָיוּ-לִי לְעָם, וַאֲנִי אֶהְיֶה לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים.23 neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them; so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.
כד  וְעַבְדִּי דָוִד מֶלֶךְ עֲלֵיהֶם, וְרוֹעֶה אֶחָד יִהְיֶה לְכֻלָּם; וּבְמִשְׁפָּטַי יֵלֵכוּ, וְחֻקּוֹתַי יִשְׁמְרוּ וְעָשׂוּ אוֹתָם.24 AND MY SERVANT DAVID SHALL BE KING OVER THEM, and they all shall have one shepherd; they shall also walk in Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them.
כה  וְיָשְׁבוּ עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לְעַבְדִּי לְיַעֲקֹב, אֲשֶׁר יָשְׁבוּ-בָהּ, אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם; וְיָשְׁבוּ עָלֶיהָ הֵמָּה וּבְנֵיהֶם וּבְנֵי בְנֵיהֶם, עַד-עוֹלָם, וְדָוִד עַבְדִּי, נָשִׂיא לָהֶם לְעוֹלָם.25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children's children, for ever; and David My servant shall be their prince for ever.
כו  וְכָרַתִּי לָהֶם בְּרִית שָׁלוֹם, בְּרִית עוֹלָם יִהְיֶה אוֹתָם; וּנְתַתִּים וְהִרְבֵּיתִי אוֹתָם, וְנָתַתִּי אֶת-מִקְדָּשִׁי בְּתוֹכָם לְעוֹלָם.26 Moreover I WILL MAKE A COVENANT OF PEACE WITH THEM -- it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever.
כז  וְהָיָה מִשְׁכָּנִי עֲלֵיהֶם, וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים; וְהֵמָּה, יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם.27 My dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
כח  וְיָדְעוּ, הַגּוֹיִם, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה, מְקַדֵּשׁ אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל--בִּהְיוֹת מִקְדָּשִׁי בְּתוֹכָם, לְעוֹלָם.  {פ}
28 AND THE NATIONS SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD THAT SANCTIFY ISRAEL, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.'



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lowell's Show: Interview with John Charles Lincoln Hulley z"l (of blessed memory) at Jerusalem British War Cemetery, Mount Scopus (Mount of the Watchers), Jerusalem, ISRAEL on "The Bible in the Age of Space: Earth Defense & Space Exploration"

This Post in Honor of Anzac Day, Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

"Anzac Day /ˈænzæk/ is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".  Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I".

Interview with John Hulley z"l (of blessed memory)
"The Bible in the Age of Space:
Earth Defense & Space Exploration"

Recorded at the Jerusalem British War Cemetery
on Har HaTzofim (Mount of the Watchers) in Jerusalem, ISRAEL
on Wednesday, September, 10th, 2014 (15 Elul, 5774)


John Hulley served in Europe as an officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services during World War Two.  Following the war, John worked with the Marshall Plan in Europe.  He was a Senior Economist, specializing in the world oil industry, with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before coming to live in Israel during the early 1980s.

A Harvard graduate with high honors, John worked for nearly two decades as an international economist in Washington governmental agencies concerned with economic and military relations around the world.  Since then he has spent an even longer time researching a different question -- the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.  He has published articles in Christian, Jewish and secular journals in Britain, Israel and the U.S.  John is now completing a book on the subject, which forms the basis of this interview.  John is the author of Comets, Jews, and Christians:  Scientists & Bible-believers Confront The Greatest Threat To Our Survival (Root and Branch Association, Ltd. Jerusalem/New York, 1996).


"Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua"

Electric Universe

Immanuel Velikovsky

Albert Einstein

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

Anzac Day

Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, GCB, GCMG, GCVO

Egyptian ExpeditionaryForce

Battle of Jerusalem

Jerusalem British War Cemetery


Interviews with John Charles Lincoln Hulley z"l (of blessed memory) (1923-2014)

"The Bible in the Age of Space: Earth Defense and Space Exploration"
September 17th, 2014
Mount Scopus (Har Ha Zofim/Mount of the Watchers)
Jerusalem, ISRAEL

"The Bible in the Age of Space:  Earth Defense & Space Exploration"
September 10th, 2014
Mount Scopus (Har Ha Zofim/Mount of the Watchers)
Jerusalem British War Cemetery, ISRAEL

"The Bible and Space Travel"
January 13th, 2014
Ben Gurion Airport, ISRAEL

"The Coming War with Iran"
August 27, 2012
Givat Hadar, ISRAEL

"An Allied Nuclear Base in Israel: Is It Time"
September 14th, 2011
Ben Gurion Airport, ISRAEL



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lowell's Show: Lowell interviews David Mark on "Israel and the World's Indigenous Peoples"

Lowell interviews David Mark on "Israel and the World's Indigenous Peoples"

CEO and Founder, Israel Rising

Founder, The Israel Hub


Devarim/Deuteronomy 27:1-4

(27:1)  "And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying:  'Keep all the commandment which I command you this day'".

(27:2)  "And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over the Jordan unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster".

(27:3)  "And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over; that thou mayest go in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of thy fathers, hath promised thee".

(27:4)  "And it shall be when ye are passed over the Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster".

וַיְצַו מֹשֶׁה וְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶת-הָעָם לֵאמֹר:  שָׁמֹר, אֶת-כָּל-הַמִּצְוָה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם, הַיּוֹם.

וְהָיָה, בַּיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר תַּעַבְרוּ אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ--וַהֲקֵמֹתָ לְךָ אֲבָנִים גְּדֹלוֹת, וְשַׂדְתָּ אֹתָם בַּשִּׂיד.

וְכָתַבְתָּ עֲלֵיהֶן, אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת--בְּעָבְרֶךָ:  לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר תָּבֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ, אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי-אֲבֹתֶיךָ, לָךְ.

וְהָיָה, בְּעָבְרְכֶם אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן, תָּקִימוּ אֶת-הָאֲבָנִים הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם, בְּהַר עֵיבָל; וְשַׂדְתָּ אוֹתָם, בַּשִּׂיד.


Devarim/Deuteronomy 28:10

"And all the peoples of the earth shall see that the name of the Lord is called upon thee; and they shall be afraid of thee".

וְרָאוּ כָּל-עַמֵּי הָאָרֶץ, כִּי שֵׁם יְהוָה נִקְרָא עָלֶיךָ; וְיָרְאוּ, מִמֶּךָּ.


Yeshayahu/Isaiah 60:3

"And nations shall walk at thy light, and kings at the brightness of thy rising"

וְהָלְכוּ גוֹיִם, לְאוֹרֵךְ; וּמְלָכִים, לְנֹגַהּ זַרְחֵךְ.


Interview recorded in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sunday, September 18th, 2016



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lowell's Show: Lowell interviews Robby Berman on "Brain Stem Death and Organ Donation in Jewish Law"

Lowell interviews Robby Berman on "Brain Stem Death and Organ Donation in Jewish Law"

Root and Branch Association Ltd. English Language Conference and Lecture Series

Now celebrating our Twenty First year (1995-2016)

At the OU Israel Center
22 Keren HaYesod Street

Regular Israel Center Admission Fees
Tel: 02-566-7787

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

7:30 P.M.: "Brain Stem Death and Organ Donation in Jewish Law -- Come Learn the Medical and Halachic Issues Surrounding Brain-Stem Death and hear about the latest controversial Israeli legislation on organ donation"

Robby Berman
Founder and Director
Halachic Organ Donor Society



Robert Berman received an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and his BA from Yeshiva University. He is also a graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. Previously a freelance journalist (published in New York Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Week, Moment Magazine, Jerusalem Report, etc), he is founder and the director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society,




To save lives by increasing organ donations from Jews to the general population (including non-Jews).


✓ Helped save over 200 lives.
✓ Performed a kiddush Hashem by changing perceptions about Jews regarding organ donation.
✓ Educated more than 35,000 Jews in more than 500 lectures.
✓ Recruited more than 200 rabbis to register and carry organ donor cards.
✓ Created dozens of rabbinic video testimonials, available at
✓ Raised awareness of halachic support for organ donation by publishing more than 100 articles, editorials, and letters to the editor.


About the Root and Branch Association, Ltd:


recorded in Jerusalem, ISRAEL, on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Lowell's Show: Lowell Interviews Tsvi Jekhorin Misinai On "WHO are the 'Palestinians' and HOW to make peace with them"

"WHO are the 'Palestinians' and HOW to make peace with them"


Tsvi Jekhorin Misinai
Founder, Sapiens International Corporation

Tsvi Misinai You Tube Channel:

"Lowell interviews Tsvi Misinai on The Jewish Roots of the Arab Population in the Land of Israel"



Recorded in Jerusalem, ISRAEL, on Sunday, February 21st, 2016