web analytics
August 29, 2014 / 3 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Efrat Celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut In L.A.

West-Coast-logo

The Los Angeles community celebrated Israel’s 65th birthday recently with an early morning Walk for Israel, followed by a Celebrate Israel 65 Festival at Rancho Park.

For attendees at the Young Israel of Century City Shabbaton with scholars-in-residence Rabbi Shlomo and Vicky Riskin, the celebration began the day before the formal festivities. Throughout the Shabbaton, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Riskin shared many inspirational stories about their family’s move many years ago from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the West Bank city of Efrat. They also detailed how Efrat expanded from one developed hill to its current size of seven developed hills, and from 100 residents to 12,000.

Vicky Riskin recalled that her husband had tried for more than two years to secure a rabbinic position in Israel, but without a beard was not successful. Invited to establish a community in Efrat, he took upon the challenge. Rabbi Riskin said that it was the “three steps back” taken by the Lubavitcher Rebbe that gave him the confidence and motivation to pursue the establishment of Efrat.

He had gone to the Rebbe for a berachah before leaving for Efrat for a cornerstone-laying ceremony. The Rebbe said to him, “Hashem yatzliach es derachecha.” While still speaking, the Rebbe unexpectedly took three steps back to Rabbi Riskin and repeated the same words. When Rabbi Riskin arrived in Israel and heard that the Israeli cabinet had voted to suspend West Bank development, he then understood why the Rebbe had retreated three steps. These developments gave him great determination to not accept the cabinet’s decision as final.

Rabbi Riskin recalled his meeting with then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin later that week. He pled his case to Begin by highlighting the special double berachah he had received from the Rebbe. An impressed Begin reached for a source in Theodore Herzl’s writing, whereby Herzl envisioned an aliyah led by rabbis from around the world. It was Herzl’s hope that the rabbis would lead their congregations to settle in Israel. According to Rabbi Riskin, Begin told him that his “building of Efrat is a realization of that vision.” Rabbi Riskin said that Begin then directed the cornerstone-laying ceremony to proceed – on the condition that there be no publicity. More than 3,000 people attended the ceremony anyway.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Efrat Celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut In L.A.”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
ISIS in Quneitra
Updates from Kuneitra, Syria [video]
Latest Sections Stories
Astaire-082914

In addition to his great erudition, Rabi Akiva was known for his optimism.

Kupfer-082914-Chuppah

She told me that she was busy and that he could sit in his wet clothes for the rest of the day. It would teach him to be more careful.

Respler-082914

What can we do to help him stop feeling so sad all the time?

Children with dyslexia or dysgraphia frequently have problems in social relationships.

Israel’s neighbors engaged in hostilities from the onset. The War of Independence was a hard-won battle. Aggression and enmity has followed for 66 years.

The contest will include student-created sculpture, computer graphic design, collage, videography, PowerPoint and painting.

David, an 8-year-old boy on the autism spectrum, recently attended a Friendship Circle event. As he entered he told his Dad, “I love coming to the FC programs ‘cause everyone loves each other.”

Goldsmith himself went on his own “voyage of discovery” to the places where his grandfather and uncle landed and were sent.

Frank proclaimed himself Zvi’s successor and the reincarnation of King David.

Almost immediately the audience began singing and clapping and continued almost without stop throughout the rest of the concert.

As of late, vintage has definitely been in vogue in the Orthodox community.

Stroll through formal gardens, ride mountain bikes, or go rock climbing.

As they fall upon us we go
To the WALL.

One minute you’re shaving shwarma off a pit, then the shwarma guy tells you he read a (fake) WhatsApp that the boys are dead.

More Articles from Jeanne Litvin
West-Coast-logo

Chabad of Arizona centers recently hosted an evening of remembrance to mark the 20th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

The Feigen family of Los Angeles bequeathed the tzitziot worn by the Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Beginning with those Shabbat and holiday meals, the couple gradually expanded into other programming, including a dizzying array of lectures and activities for campus students.

“You Touro graduates are automatically soldiers in [Israel’s] struggle, and we count on you,” Rothstein told the graduates.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/west-coast-happenings/efrat-celebrates-yom-haatzmaut-in-l-a/2013/05/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: