Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Blog is moving to WORDPRESS


No further articles are going to be posted on this Blog, as I have moved to WORDPRESS !!!

I am sorry for all the inconveniences but Blogspot has a new policy saying that, once your free picture space is gone, you have to pay. Well, also Wordpress is offering such a policy but, once my space is gone, I am going to transfer the free stuff into a professional paid Wordpress site.

I am not deleting this blog and people will still be able to read it. You can also comment on articles.

The new Blog design on Wordpress is a bit different but I am sure that we are all getting used to it. I need to fill in the link list and a header pic but there is no rush. In the course of time, everything is going to improve. 

The negative thing regarding the new Blog is that I couldn't get my former URL only saying SHEARIM but was only able to get

Well, I am not from Mea Shearim but this was the closest URL name to Shearim.:-)

Please find the new SHEARIM on

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How to delete your Facebook account


Besides deactivating your Facebook account, it is actually possible to also DELETE it. The video is extremely helpful and it worked fine with me.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A few words on YAAKOV


Yaakov is moving to Haran and I am moving my blogs from Blogspot to Wordpress. :-)

Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky commentated that, for the first 63 years in his life, Yaakov studied Torah with his father Yitzchak, and then he was escaping Esav and fled to Haran. Yaakov needed the spiritually from the Torah of Shem and Ever in order to survive his upcoming surroundings, as uncle Lavan wasn't such a nice relative. Lavan focused his life on the power he gained through his sorcery and on money. Sounds like a really nice guy and I think that many of us have someone like that as a family member. Not necessarily dealing in sorcery but running after money.

Yaakov hardly ever faced happy times in life. There was the war with Esav, he lived in the Diaspora with greedy Lavan, his beloved Rachel passed away, his sons quarreled and the whole incident with Yosef. 

Maybe it doesn't have anything to do with Yaakov but during the past few days while hundereds of rockets were shot from Gaza onto Israeli territory, I sometimes dreamt about being somewhere else in the world where that are neither rockets nor any worries about an upcoming war. Every few minutes, the Israeli radio kept on announcing further rocket alarms and sirens. Twice, Jerusalem got attacked. The last time on Wednesday when a Fajr 5 (Made in Iran) was flying towards Jerusalem but almost hit a Palestinian village in Gush Etzion (south of Jerusalem).

When I looked at all those nice pictures at Google + or on other sites I saw romantic beaches, nature as well as photos from people's daily lives. An ordinary life and not like ours waiting for the next rocket alarm and don't know where to hide. But, still, I am glad to live in Israel and not anywhere else. Despite all those bad news there was time to concentrate on enjoyable things in life. I was having coffee with friends, walked around in nature and I got this desire buying books. Novels only in order to grab a book and sit somewhere and read. Just to keep your mind going. At least until the next bad news or alarm.

By Sunday or Monday, I will be done organizing my new Shearim blog and let you know the URL. As I already said earlier, I am keeping this blog and will set lots of links between the old and the new Shearim !

Shabbat Shalom to all readers !  

Moving Blog


I have been facing tremendous problems with Blogger lately. Especially when it comes to uploading pictures. I keep on getting the error message that a Picasa album, I don't really have, has not more free space available and if I want to upload further pictures I need to pay.

I am not willing to make such a fuss with Blogger and therefore decided, to move Shearim to Wordpress. This is still a lot of work and it won't happen within the next few hours but rather next week or so. 

I wanted to integrate the entire Blogger blog into Wordpress but this is not that easy. Too many technical issues and what I am going to do is keep the present blog but refer to my future Wordpress blog and set links. Other Blogger have done the same and it seemed to have worked out for them. 

I apologize for all those inconveniences and will soon let you know the new blog URL.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cease - fire between Israel and Hamas


I have neglected this blog within the past few days because I was writing about the rocket war from Gaza on one of my German blogs. Now Netanyahu has agreed to a cease - fire and it is quiet. People in southern Israel, especially in Ashkelon and Beersheva, are leaving their bomb shelters and fill the streets enjoying the first quiet moments while the Hamas is celebrating in Gaza. 

Neither the Israeli nor the Hamas government spoke about the cease - fire conditions. What I do know is that the problem is far from being solved. Netanyahu thinks that he won, Hamas is having its party of success and the big looser is Abu Mazen and his Fatach. 

I expected that Netanyahu won't show any guts and give in to Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now we are in the same position as we were after the first Gaza war under Olmert. Nothing has changed. Hamas still has its missiles and Israel is hoping for a permanent cease - fire. 

It could be that the cease - fire turns out to be stable but what is going to happen to Sderot, Netivot and other small Negev towns ? The rockets are going to come back and the rest of the country as well as the world won't bother with a rocket or two falling onto Sderot from time to time.

Anti - Israel demonstration in San Francisco, 16 November 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The daily rocket Life

Street Talk in Tel Aviv: 

"And where are you when the siren (rocket alert) starts ?"

Ibn Gavirol Street / Tel Aviv

Photo: Miriam Woelke

Sunrise in Jerusalem

View from my balcony this morning

Photo: Miriam Woelke

Monday, November 19, 2012

Photos from Zfat in northern Israel

The Zanzer Klois in the old city

Photos: Miriam Woelke

The daily struggle through the war


I will be in Tel Aviv tomorrow and hope that I don't need to suffer through another rocket attack. The one in Jerusalem last Friday was more than enough. 

It is quiet in Jerusalem but the inhabitants of the southern regions are the ones suffering almost without a break. 

Picture of the Day

Source: Unknown

Why the Jew J. is not the Meshiach


It sounds a kind of ridiculous but the present fact is that especially Christian missionary groups such as the Evangelical Christians or the Jews for J. love to speak up against the Muslim world in the days of war. They simply love using the "We stand with Israel" method but the truth is that they are another kind of enemy to the Jews, as those people only act with one goal: Proselytizing Jews to Christianity.