Tonight's rally for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Amidst the cries for Olmert to quit, be embarrassed and work harder towards the release of the kidnapped soldiers, there was plenty of emotion to go round.

Of course, the major focal point of sentiment came from Noam Shalit’s short but necessary speech to open the rally outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

It’s an absolute shame when fathers have to become politicians. It’s everything wrong.

Tonight's online rally for Israel and Sederot.

The buzz this week – around the Israel blogosphere, Facebook and my inbox – has been about a campaign called Together 4 Israel, which “is putting together the largest ever online rally in support of those living under fire in Israel. All you need to do is return to this site on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 11 p.m. Israel Time to watch a live broadcast online of solidarity rallies from around the world.

The plan is to gather 1,000,000 people across the globe, joining together to watch the rally and show support for Israel and Sderot. Here’s their video pitch. You can view the speaker list and schedule at the site.

It’s Purim tonight, so if you don’t plan on sticking around a computer, you can log on to the site before you head out of the house and you will still be counted for the rally numbers.

I see the value in this for those who will still be fasting for Ta’anit Esther at 11 p.m. Israel time… It’s a nice idea to feel like you are together with thousands of other Jews, hopefully recognizing Esther’s fast and the need to pull together when we face threats.

Rally at Kikar Rabin for namesake's memory.

On Saturday night an assembly is being held in the memory of Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 12 years ago in the kikar that now has his name.

Based on the giant sign I saw hanging in the square and based on some of the articles and other signs I’ve see, there seems to be a lot more anger this year than in past years.

There’s reason for it too: Yigal Amir – Rabin’s murderer – has had the pleasure to marry, conceive a child and now give that child a brit mila from prison all in recent time.

I can’t afford to go into a rant about it because it’s emotionally taxing. But if you’re interested, here are the details of the memorial rally:

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