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!vfubj igfhkhhrp t BY LARRY GORDON
Essence Of Chanukah
Rabbi Chaim Gross

Please, Not Him

Bibi’s Bubble
Hannah Reich Berman 28 It’s said that lightning doesn’t An otherwise weak and inef-
strike twice in the same place. fective government in Israel
Sound Of Silence But that doesn’t mean that the cannot stop Hamas in Gaza
Rabbi Avi Shafran 34 same people cannot be dragged from stockpiling state-of-the-art
out and barred from their own weaponry or Hezbollah in
Esther Mann, LMSW 37 homes more than once, espe- Lebanon from arming itself
cially from two homes, in dif- with tens of thousands of mis-
The Bostoner Rebbe, zt’l ferent locations, at different siles. But it seems the Israeli gov-
Noach Gordon 42 times. Now, just a week or so ernment knows how to deal
after the Israeli government’s with women wearing colorful
not-too-well-thought-out freeze headscarves and wheeling dou-
on construction (on land that ble strollers. It was sweet pandemonium as hundreds of children and adults packed
Palestinians are demanding one Mr. Netanyahu is in such a into the grand opening of Oh! Nuts at their new larger location on
Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. Featured performers at the special event
day be the capital of their new rush to checkmate the bum- were the very popular Uncle Moishy (above center) along with
country), that is exactly what is the Ballooner Rebbe. There was lots of good stuff to eat and a
taking place. Continued on Page 8 great time was had by all.


mulke? What are its halachos?
And when, if ever, is one permit-
ted to remove it?
Simply Extraordinary
Bar Mitzvah of A very talented fabric design- The Gemara in Kiddushin (31b) BY LARRY GORDON The essence of the story was
Shalom Gelbtuch. er who worked at a top-name tells us that Rav Huna, the son of not just about this one unsung
See Page 48 fabric company would receive a Rav Yehoshua, would not walk Sometimes a column that hero of Israel, but a myriad of
certain type of phone call rather four cubits (six feet) with a bare contains a few ideas serves as a such personalities who are now
regularly. The caller would ask, head. He would say in response catalyst for a number of addi- involved in any number of mun-
“You have velvet scraps, to any inquiry, “The Divine tional ideas and suggestions dane pursuits that are so much a
maybe?” As a perceptive person, Presence is above my head!” from readers. Such was the case part of everyday life. And they
she knew right away that the The implication of this last week with an article that are not limited only to the visi-
caller would invariably be a Gemara is that Rav Huna was appeared in this space about the tors who frequent our office in
chassidishe man who wished to unique in this regard, and that director of a yeshiva in the Cedarhurst to collect funds for
manufacture yarmulkes (kippot) others in his time would not Golan Heights who had served themselves or the institutions
to be worn by Jewish men in necessarily conduct themselves in an IDF special-forces unit that they represent.
accordance with the tradition of in such a fashion. This does not captured terrorist leader After last week’s article
keeping one’s head covered. Marwan Barghouti in Shechem
What is the history of the yar- Continued on Page 22 (Nablus) about seven years ago. Continued on Page 12

Sh’or Yoshuv’s big night.

See Page 67 It’s A Small World . . . Outside ARAB-ISRAELI
Stimulation CONFLICT 2.0
Another Mother’s Musings
The website of the Five Towns
It’s not as if I don’t read. I do Jewish Times was defaced on
read, but not much and not Saturday. The hacker, identifying
often. Of course, I read certain himself as a Turkish Muslim
things on a daily basis (Yussie’s going by the name “Sehul-islam,”
and Lea’s homework assign- posted a video attacking former
ments, the front page of the Israeli prime minister Ariel
Mr. Alan Veingrad at MAY. newspaper), but in terms of Sharon as well as a picture of
Photo By Judah S. Harris

See Page 70 reading full novels, not so American and Israeli flags burn-
much. I just don’t have the time ing side by side.
or the patience to read a whole The hack was discovered
CANDLE LIGHTING book “just for the fun of it.” Saturday night as readers
At the Sunday-night reception for the Bonei Olam organization at the
Dec. 11 – 4:09 PM home of Andrew and Bassie Lowinger, the director, Rabbi Shlomo So when my mom reminds attempted to visit the website.
Dec. 18 – 4:11 PM Bachner (far right) presents an award of appreciation to
Mr. and Mrs. Lowinger and members of the event committee. Continued on Page 21 Continued on Page 16
die for the sake of Al-Quds [Jerusalem].”
Arab-Israeli Conflict 2.0 This came on the heels of a self-identi-
Continued from Front Cover
fied Iraqi hacking into the website of
There was a lengthy Turkish text Israel’s Army Radio.
posted to the site’s homepage. Portions In 2006, a group calling itself “Team
of the text that were in English seemed Evil” hacked over 750 Israeli websites
to indicate a religious motivation for over a period of several hours in response
the defacement. A pop-up window stat- to IDF operations in the Gaza Strip fol-
ed “Muslim turkish hacker” and “The lowing the kidnapping of IDF Corp. Gilad

dirt Israil and America,” while the home- Shalit. The group explained their actions
page contained the phrases “Islam Was by stating, “You’re killing Palestinians,
Were],” and “ALLAHU AKBARRR!” The we’re killing servers.” Among the sites
Turkish text itself was formatted in a hacked were those belonging to Bank
way that indicated a quotation from a Otzar HaChayal, Rambam Hospital, and
religious work. Bank HaPoalim.
The Internet has increasingly become Terror groups have also become
a battleground in both the Arab-Israeli increasingly Web-savvy in recent years.
conflict and the war against terror. Groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and
In 2008, a Muslim hacker posted an even the Taliban have a presence online.
anti-Semitic message on the website of In October, Evan Kohlman of the
the Bank of Israel. The message read, NEFA Foundation discovered and publi-
“Listen to me Jews—you are a nation cized the Taliban’s official YouTube
whose fate has been decreed . . . we channel, dubbed “Istiqlal Media.”
will kick you out.” It continued, Hamas’s information section maintains
“Millions of young Muslims are ready to a website at For a time,

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Hezbollah was offering free e-mail defense told Wired magazine. world collaborated against Iran in media relations also dog its Internet
addresses at, until the site According to Wired, Aaviksoo stated launching distributed denial of service campaign. Different ministries and
was shut down. that “all major commercial banks, tel- (DDoS) attacks on the propaganda arms departments each formulate material
The State of Israel uses the Internet for cos, media outlets, and name servers— of Iran’s government. for public consumption separately,
its public relations as well. The office of the phone books of the Internet—felt According to Der Spiegel, Israeli agents and there are frequently contradic-
the IDF spokesman maintains a blog and the impact, and this affected the planted a Trojan Horse on the computer tions between statements by different
a YouTube channel. In October, the IDF majority of the Estonian population. of a Syrian official visiting London in bureaus.
announced that it is now on the popular David Appletree, founder of the
micro-blogging service Twitter Jewish Internet Defense Force, believes
( that “the mainstream Jewish community
Twitter allows users to post short Terror groups have also become increasingly is behind the times when it comes to
messages, each of which can be no dealing with these threats or using social
longer than 140 characters. Twitter is an media effectively.”
increasingly popular service, and many
Web-savvy in recent years. Groups such as When asked for comment on how
high-profile political organizations, such Jewish organizations have responded to
as Americans for Peace Now, Human
Hamas, Hezbollah, and even the Taliban have a increasing levels of hate online,
Rights Watch, and Israel’s Ministry of Appletree told the Five Towns Jewish
Foreign Affairs, use Twitter as part of presence online. Times that mainstream organizations
their PR efforts. In a statement, the IDF “claim to be doing things and they
explained that it “is utilizing the oppor- throw it in their many requests for more
tunities afforded by ‘new media’ plat- donations, but I don’t see them active
forms in order to improve accessibility This was the first time that a botnet 2006, which gave Israel intelligence nec- on this front . . . We have consistently
to our information.” threatened the national security of an essary for its 2007 bombing of an alleged offered to help and consult various
In addition to its presence on Twitter, entire nation.” nuclear site. organizations with their social media
the IDF will soon establish a profile on Such attacks do not necessarily origi- It is hard to evaluate how well presences and have asked them to join
Facebook and also will create a photo nate from military sources. During the Israel’s intelligence community uses us in our fight, but it seems they don’t
stream on the photo-sharing website unrest following the 2009 contested elec- the Internet. However, the same prob- wish to get involved with things that are
Flickr. The IDF is also looking for soldiers tions in Iran, hackers from around the lems that plague Israel’s traditional outside their scope.” ❖
throughout the armed services who are
interested in becoming contributors to
the IDF blog, writing about their day-to-
day experiences in the army. The IDF has
also begun reaching out to bloggers, with
a mailing list and press releases for new-
media personalities in Israel.
On Tuesday, President Shimon Peres
announced the opening of his own
YouTube channel at a press conference in
Jerusalem held jointly with Chad Hurley,
the co-founder and current CEO of
YouTube. Hurley came to Israel especially
for this event.
Peres explained that the primary goal
of his YouTube channel was to connect to
citizens of Israel and the world. “I think
communication is one of the greatest
things we have in our life. Let’s talk, let’s
dream, let’s laugh in order to make our
world better and our lives more meaning-
ful. Let’s take advantage of my channel to
be informal, talk person-to-person, and
communicate like old acquaintances,”
Peres stated.
At the end of the event, Hurley present-
ed the president with a dedicatory plaque
of the original website source code.
Hurley expressed his pleasure with the
way in which YouTube is “considered a
vehicle for peace.”
However, in 2008, U.S. Senator Joseph
Lieberman of Connecticut sent a letter to
Google CEO Eric Schmidt in which the
senator lambasted Google for breaking its
own content guidelines in allowing ter-
rorist videos to be posted to YouTube.
According to Lieberman, videos on
YouTube “provide weapons training,
speeches by al-Qaeda leadership, and gen-
eral material intended to radicalize
potential recruits.”
In a related statement made at that
time, Lieberman said that Google con-
tinues to allow the posting of videos by
organizations the State Department
has designated as foreign terrorist
Cyberwar is an emerging discipline in
military circles. As with terrorism, cyber-
war blurs the distinction between sol-
diers and noncombatants.
In 2007, hackers took down a large
part of “the essential electronic infra-
structure of the Republic of Estonia” as
Jaak Aaviksoo, Estonian minister of
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