The ransoming of captives...
has precedence over the feeding and clothing of the poor. Indeed there is no religious duty more meritorious than the ransoming of captives, for not only is the captive included in the category of the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, but his very life is in jeopardy… To sum up, there is no religious duty greater than the ransoming of captives" (Maimonides, "Gifts to the Poor" 8:10).

The Kidnapping of Lot (Genesis 14:12-16): "And they took Lot and his possessions, the son of Abram's brother, and they departed, and he was living in Sodom. And the fugitive came and he told Abram the Hebrew,.."
Abraham was called Ivri, the word literally means "from the other side." Literally, this means that he came from the other side of the Euphrates. Figuratively, he was standing alone against the whole world, he was on the other side of a moral and spiritual divide from the rest of the world. Only Abraham's descendants are called "Ivrim" for they alone spoke Hebrew, - Eber's language, from which Abraham descended.

Jews are also referred to as Hebrews. What can this name tell us about the character of Jews?

"And Abram heard that his kinsman (Lot) had been taken captive, and he armed his trained men (trained to perform the commandments), those born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and he pursued [them] until Dan. And he divided himself against them at night, he and his servants, and smote them, and pursued them until Hobah, which is to the left of Damascus. And he restored all the possessions, and also Lot his brother and his possessions he restored, and also the women and the people."

Four years ago, a young Israeli soldier named Galid Shalit was captured by Hamas terrorists. Using an underground tunnel near the Kerem Shalom border crossing at Gaza, the terrorists ambushed an Israeli patrol. Two other Israeli soldiers were killed with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) and Shalit was taken captive.

A Song and Prayer for Gilad Shalit: Take a Little Time to Pray

Hamas repeats threat to capture more "Shalits" - Both PA and
Hamas ministers advocate kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.  Hamas terrorists are attempting to use Gilad Shalit as a bargaining chip to secure the release of hundreds of terrorists jailed in Israel.

Meshal:"One Shalit is not enough" : Chief of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement Khalid Meshal said on Monday 28th of June that: "Shalit will not be alone,
and our Mujahedeen "freedom fighters" are going to kidnap more Zionist soldiers and commanders till the liberation of Palestinian prisoners. He continued saying:" Shalit will never be freed unless Netanyaho surrenders compelled for our legal demands" (Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades Information Office).

I nternational humanitarian law - absolutely prohibits taking and holding a person by force in order to compel the enemy to meet certain demands, while threatening to harm or kill the person if the demands are not met, and thus holding Gilad Shalit as a hostage to their demands is a war crime. Shalit's denied rights to Red Cross (ICRC) visitation is also a violation of international law.

"And who forsakes the religion of Ibrahim but he who makes himself a fool,.." or "Who will be adverse to the religion of Abraham, but he whose mind is infatuated?.." (The Cow - verse 2:130)."...for Allah loveth those who act justly." (The Tried - verse 8). Is the Hamas (violence in Hebrew) "acting justly" in this case? 

Jeremiah 5:4 "And I said, "But they are poor (impoverished of wisdom), they have become foolish, for they did not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God."

Genesis 18:18-19 "And Abraham will become a great and powerful nation (because of all the converts), and all the nations of the world will be blessed in him. For I have known him because he commands his sons and his household after him, that they should keep the way of the Lord (the Torah) to perform righteousness and justice, in order that the Lord bring upon Abraham that which He spoke concerning him." (Blessing or curse, good or evil, life or death, the promise of the land or expulsion, exile, etc). You may also check out Ezekiel 25:15-17, Isaiah 60:18, Zephaniah 2:1-11

Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you." Nations, kingdoms and empires will be judged on how they treat the Jews.

Hamas Charter:

Every Jew bears a responsibility for the welfare of others. In uncertain times, all communities should unite in prayer and recite Tehillim (Psalms), following which the Acheinu prayer should be said. Please continue to pray and say tehillim ( 20, 83, 121, 130, and 142) and recite the prayer Acheinu kol beis Yisroel for the immediate release of all those held in captivity unjustly and among them:

Dina bas Chaya Henna (positive outcome of her case). Menachem Yehudah ben Leah Miriam (held on false charges in a foreign country). Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka

Three Yeshiva Students being held in Japan: Yoel Zeev ben Mirel Risa Chava, Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel, Yosef ben Yuta Rivka (Being Held in Israel now)

Jonathon Pollard: Yehonason ben Malka: He discovered that information
vital to Israel's security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within the U.S. national security establishment. The information being withheld from Israel included Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities - being developed for use against Israel. It also included information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on planned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets – obviously he wanted to prevent a second Holocaust. And because of that he is unjustly rotting in an American prison.

Jonathan Pollard, who is serving his 25th year in a US prison, is approaching his 9000th day in jail. On July 12th he will reach the inauspicious number. A week later Pollard will turn 56. Pollard supporters say the average sentence in the US for those caught spying for a friendly nation is 2-4 years (INN, Jun/28/10).

Please contact the White House and  ask for his immediate release.

"If I can prevent a second Holocaust," Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon said in 1981, "I'm ready to sacrifice my life."

RAID ON THE REACTOR: The story of the IAF's attack on the Iraqi Nuclear reactor near Baghdad in June 1981

Ramon and his colleagues underscored the Jewish principle of doing the right thing, even when it means going against the grain. One prominent U.S. senator called it "one of the most provocative, ill-timed and internationally illegal actions taken in that nation''s history."
Two decades later, as Washington prepares
to oust Saddam Hussein, the international community is ever grateful for Israel's strike at Osirak.

At a memorial service President Bush told the Astronaut Ilan Ramon's family: "Ilan bombed the Iraqi reactor, and I will finish the job." In June 1967, as Arab armies amassed on Israel's borders, Martin Luther King Jr. was asked on national television if Israel has justification for launching a pre-emptive strike. "Yes," said King. "They have 6 million good reasons."

Sheik Yunus al-Astal, a Hamas legislator and imam, in a column in the weekly newspaper Al Risalah in 2008 discussed a Koranic verse suggesting that "suffering by fire is the Jews' destiny in this world and the next." Astal concluded "Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews" (The Herald Tribune, 1 April 08).

In the end of days, God "will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:9, Isaiah 24:1-6, 41:11-12, 60:12, 66:14-18, Ezekiel Chs. 38-39, Zephaniah Chs. 1-3). See 'Spearhead.'

Is Pollard the victim of a gross breach of U.S. justice?  "Also, it is now clear that Pollard, in failing health, has been the victim of a CIA cover-up of a massive intelligence failure, with the agency blaming Pollard for the damage caused by a real "mole" inside the CIA who passed to Moscow the names of more than a dozen U.S. informants in the Soviet Union -- namely Aldrich Ames, the head of CIA's Soviet-Eastern Europe division, who fingered Pollard to keep the CIA from discovering his own treachery..  The CIA did not discover Ames' role until well after Pollard was behind bars and it still isn't willing to acknowledge its mistake in blaming Pollard for Ames's crimes."

"Praisworthy is a person who has found wisdom, a person who can derive understanding from it" (Proverbs 3:13). "Wisdom" an accumulation of facts, is the raw material, from which one can "understand," i.e., derive new knowledge through clear comprehension of information. The Torah and its wisdom are your guarantors for a good life. "You will not fear sudden terror, nor the holocaust of the wicked (rasha) when it comes. For HaShem will be your security,.." (Proverbs 3:25-26). "And he (David) swore and said, "[I swear as] God lives who redeemed my soul from all distress (mi'kol tzarah) 1 Kings 1:29.

"The death blow of the wicked (rasha) is evil, and the haters of the righteous  (tzaddik) will be condemned. HaShem redeems the soul of His servants, and all those who take refuge in Him will not be condemned" (Psalm 34:22-23). Wicked people will be destroyed by the very evil they set in motion (Radak). The evil that the wicked man does will kill him (Rashi). See Psalms Chs. 37, 9.

" Rasha" - (m., pl. "Reshaim"); a wicked person; the opposite of the "Tzaddik" the righteous person. This individual rejects the Kingship of HaShem, rejects Commandments, and rejects the Morality of the Torah, thinking he can define it on his own.

ISRAELI MIA'S: Gilad ben Aviva, Guy ben Rena, Ron ben Batya,
Tzvi ben Penina, Yekutiel Yehuda Nachman ben Sara, Zecharya Shlomo ben Miriam.

The Acheinu prayer is a cry from the heart to God to watch over the Jewish people in time of peril. "If any of our fellow Jews are in jeopardy or are entrapped, whether overseas or at home, may the Almighty take pity on them and deliver them from trouble to relief, from gloom to bright light, and from tyranny to freedom-urgently, swiftly and very soon-and let us say, Amein."

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is one of three Hamas gangs who together kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit. In a recording posted on a Hamas Web site, Gilad Shalit said: "I am Gilad, son of Noam Shalit, prisoner of the Izz el-Din al-Qassam Kataib Brigades" (Haaretz, 25/06/2007).

Zechariah 9:7 "...and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his detestable things from between his teeth, and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he shall be as a chief in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite." This verse indicates that in the immediate Messianic times Israel 's traditional enemies will cease their bloodthirsty attacks in one way or another. May we all be able to reach the right decisions.

"There are 1.5 million people living in Gaza and only one of them really needs humanitarian aid,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. “Only one of them is locked in a tiny room and never sees the light of day, only 1 of them is not allowed visits and is in uncertain health – his name is Gilad Shalit, and this Friday marks 4 years since he was kidnapped.”

Want to SEND A MESSAGE TO GILAD SHALIT?! The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) will bring your message, along with thousands of others, to the International Committee of the Red Cross and demand that Hamas allow the ICRC to visit and deliver the notes to Gilad in accordance with international humanitarian law. Since he was abducted in 2006 all such requests have been denied. We cannot remain silent in the face of Hamas' cruel violation of Gilad's human rights!

Send your message here  We will also be sending a copy of your messages to Noam and Aviva Shalit.

Isaiah 49:24-26 "Shall prey be taken from a mighty warrior (Esau), or shall the captives of the righteous (Jacob) escape?"

For so said the Lord, "Even the captives of a mighty warrior can be taken and the prey of a tyrant (Ishmael) shall escape, and with your contender will I contend, and your sons I will save. And those who taunt you-I will feed their flesh, and as with sweet wine they shall become drunk [from] their blood; and all flesh shall know that I am the Lord Who saves you, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob." Amen.