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KIBBUTZ

The year before the first Lustrum, in 1949, Lilith Gervasi had been persuaded by Robyn to accept the Change and join the Boda. At the time she suggested the existing name of the organization was rather corny (not being privy to the Boda's secret language) which led to Robyn changing the name of her group to the Women's Democratic Forum, or WDF, when Gina was brought on board.

The group really was purely democratic, with one woman, one vote. And Robyn also established the rule that all new members had to be female, which was sort of implicit in the W part of the WDF. So there would be no repeat of the Jerry-to-Jill thing which literally wiped Inge Hahn off the face of the Earth.

The five WDF members who joined in the 1940s were called by Robyn the Seraphim, which was the highest angelic rank, and they enjoyed the very important privilege (after Jill's body-swapping plot was hatched) of remaining en-fleshed at all times.

The women who joined the WDF in the '50s and '60s would be called Cherubim, and they would be subject to time-sharing their bodies in Jill's pyramid scheme.

Lilith Gervasi had no musical talent whatsoever, so she could never really be a part of the Hunky-Dory band per se. But she served as muscle. When the band went on tour every five years, Lilith functioned as security, and this was important for they often played to rowdy fans. They also had expensive instruments and gear that could easily be stolen. Lilith did have one amazing creative talent, however, and that was as a painter. Lilith would create every one of the band's album covers.

In the time between their musical sabbatical years Lilith returned to her collective farm at Yad Mordechai in her new homeland of Eretz Yisrael, where she immersed herself in honest toil cultivating the fields and garden crops and occasionally defending the settlement from gunmen who infiltrated from the nearby Gaza Strip to kill Jews simply for being Jews.

Sometimes these attacks on Yad Mordechai were followed up by fierce IDF reprisal raids, and Lilith was mobilized as a sergeant in the IDF reserves to help guide the counterattacks.

Apart from her trusty British-made rifle and the Golden Gift, Lilith owned very little in the way of personal possessions. She had only her clothes, a radio she shared with the others in the Women's House, and other such modest things. There were tractors and jeeps, but they belonged to the community. All the profits of the kibbutz were pooled together for the needs of the laborers. The children ate and slept apart from their parents, and Lilith helped educate them.

On July 23, 1952 there was a coup in Eygpt deposing King Farouk, who had ruled his country since 1936. One of the coup plotters named Colonel Gamal Nasser steadily rose in influence to become President-for-life. This event was to have an important impact on Lilith four years later.

Lilith with her newly-perfect memory graduated from Hebrew University in 1953 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the IDF. During her physical examination she told the IDF doctors that the white bone cup at the back of her head was the result of Nazi medical experiments she suffered in the Ohrdruf extermination camp, and this was accepted without question.

In the fall, Lilith returned to Hebrew University to begin her undergraduate work. She was interested in the newly-revived Hebrew language, which had been essentially a dead language (like Latin) for more than two thousand five hundred years. After the Babylonian Captivity it had fallen out of everyday use by the Jewish people, and this had been true even in the time of Yeshua, who himself spoke the Syrian tongue called Aramaic.

Over those twenty-five centuries Hebrew became a rather specialized language spoken only by the scribes and elders in synagogues, and in the diaspora, when many Jewish communities lost contact with each other, the pronunciation of Hebrew naturally drifted somewhat.

There were marked differences between the way the Shephardi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews spoke Hebrew, and there had been some infiltration of influences from both Russian and Yiddish. When the Zion project was conceived, and European immigrants began to settle in the Levant with the aim of creating a Jewish homeland, the "official" pronunciation of Hebrew was decided by a committee.

But it was wrong, and Lilith knew this because she had access, through Robyn, to Yeshua Krista and El Shaddai himself, who both remembered how "biblical" Hebrew was spoken. It only remained for Lilith to prove it. This was the challenge that formed the heart of her Masters' Thesis.

One time Robyn visited Yad Mordechai in Israel for a few days, and she took Michelle along so her memories could be backed up through the Golden Gift, just as Jill had promised her. And Robyn also made her usual exchange with Binah, so that elohim and human avatar were perfectly in sync. One day the contact would be continuous, but much remained to be accomplished before that was possible.

Lilith complained that using the flying saucer was rather corny and far more trouble than it were worth. She suggested using real helicopters and airplanes fitted with macros so they wouldn't attract undue attention when they traveled. And Robyn took her up on the idea.

Three years before the Soviets sent Sputnik into orbit, the WDF began going into orbit in macro rockets which were little more than glorified water tanks. This was not a major leap for them. Often Lilith would shuttle between Israel and Black Diamond on half-hour suborbital ballistic arcs that went far above the atmosphere. To reach a stable orbit, one merely pitched over to the horizontal and kept burning the macro until the perigee of the orbit was raised to more or less equal the apogee.

The macro rockets were built with two stages. The first stage was used to reach orbit, and the second stage was the payload. The goal was to build a spacecraft (called Provider) from many such payloads.

Robyn borrowed two space suits from the nephilim at Centauri, but they had to be re-tailored a little to fit the much shorter human women. And much of the equipment that was being taken to orbit was also borrowed from the nephilim, or salvaged from Robyn's station at Proxima. Someday the nephilim would borrow stuff from her.

The ship was painstakingly assembled with twenty-five launches, five per year, but no launches were undertaken in 1955 because that was when the WDF went on the Second Lustrum to record and tour.

Each ten ton module was a fat cylinder eleven feet tall. Five of these modules were linked together to make one cylinder, and Provider was to consist of a total of five such cylinders.

After each module was delivered and linked together during a space walk, the two women who flew the mission parachuted down in a snug little capsule somewhere in the wild Cascade range, lit off a radio beacon, and hiked their way out. Later the capsule would be found again, and the two spacesuits retrieved for the next mission.


On July 26, 1956 Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, seizing control from the British. He closed the Straits of Tirin in the Red Sea, which effectively put the southernmost Israeli port of Eilat under a blockade. At the same time he refused to allow any ships bound for Tel Aviv or Haifa to transit the canal.

The UK and France laid plans to take the canal back by force, and they were interested in getting Israel involved in the operation. Israel was already leaning toward a tussle with Egypt, the question was not if but when. Cross-border fedayeen raids from the Gaza strip had never ceased in the eight years Egypt occupied it.

The French began to arm the IDF, especially the air force. And in the third week of October Nasser moved part of his army into Gaza, including a number of artillery pieces, which were used to shell the Israeli settlements near the border, of which Lilith's kibbutz of Yad Mordechai was the closest. Nasser also moved troops into the Sinai peninsula, supplied with the latest Soviet military equipment.

On October 29, four Israeli World War II vintage P-51 Mustang fighter planes flew into the Sinai and cut, with their propellers, all the telephone lines connecting the Egyptian forces in Sinai to their home office in Cairo.

On the same afternoon, 395 IDF paratroopers were dropped at Mitla Pass, only fifty miles from the Suez Canal. Meanwhile, a force commanded by Colonel Ariel Sharon crossed the border and seized (through hard fighting) three Egyptian positions along the 150 miles from Israel to the pass. Sharon then disobeyed orders to halt and proceeded to take Mitla Pass, at a cost of 38 Israeli lives.

On October 31 an Egyptian frigate fired two hundred shells into Haifa from the sea, but a French destroyer drove it off. Two Israeli destroyers chased it down and opened fire, and later two Israeli warplanes damaged it with rockets. The Egyptian ship surrendered, and it was boarded and towed into Haifa.

Israel fought a fierce series of tank battles for Abu Ageila, and after two days the Egyptians withdrew. From this position, Israel could supply its troops in the central Sinai without an attack from the rear.

On November 2 the IDF seized El Arish on the Sinai Mediterranean coast, which completely isolated the Gaza Strip. By that same evening, the Egyptian governor in Gaza surrendered. The Israelis penetrated to within ten miles of the Suez Canal and took possession of forty Soviet-made T-34 tanks and sixty armored vehicles which were left behind there.

Lilith's portion of the war began at Eilat and ran down the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. The objective was to seize the guns at Sharm el-Sheikh and lift the closure of the Straits of Tiran. Her commander was Colonel Avraham Yoffe, and she was part of a motorized infantry brigade of 1,800 soldiers and 200 vehicles.

Their route was along a camel track that was never designed to be used by wheeled vehicles. At one point at Wadi Zaala they all had to break out their spades, dig their vehicles out of deep sand, and push them uphill.

At Dahab Oasis they had their first firefight with the camel-mounted troops of the Egyptian Frontier Force. They also were supplied with fuel from boats sent down the Gulf of Aqaba from Eilat. Meanwhile, a detachment of Ariel Sharon's paratroopers advanced in a pincer movement down the Gulf of Suez, nearly doubling the size of the Israeli assault force.

At Sharm el-Sheikh a huge battery of naval guns were positioned to block all shipping to Eilat. There, 1,500 Egyptian troops with their mortars and artillery held off the Israelis for four hours of intense fighting.

Artillery is the troop killer. Second Lieutenant Lilith Gervasi drew the shit end of the stick and was instantly killed by an eighty-eight millimeter round while leading her company on an assault of the fort from the rocks nigh to it.

Her body was dead, but her mind was intact. She knew she had been hit, and she knew she would be given a second chance at life according to the promise of the Women's Democratic Republic. So Lilith performed an orderly shutdown of her brain, because if there was one thing in this world that annoyed her, it was unnecessary waiting.

Lilith found out later the big guns of the fort were disarmed by 9 AM that morning. The water route to Eilat was open again. Israel had achieved all of her war objectives in just one week. IDF losses were 172 killed and 817 wounded.

Lilith's sacrifice (and the sacrifice of the other soldiers who were killed or wounded) was not in vain. Having lost the war, Egypt was compelled by the terms of the cease-fire to allow Israeli shipping to pass through the Suez Canal once more. Immediately, an Israeli destroyer squadron passed from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea to support the forces at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula.

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