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A Tribute to Irving Yitzchak Moskowitz z”l

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

נפלה עטרת ראשינו

A crown has fallen from our heads….. these words were said when the great Chassidic leader Menachem Mendl from Vitebsk passed away in Tiveria in 1788. And i say these words today, with the passing to the next world, of Irving Moskowitz.

There are many Jews who know from where they came. They have history, heritage and roots, but they may not have a sense of the now – of the greatness of the hour for the Jewish People. Irving Moskowitz had both. He knew from where he came, and he knew where he was going.

His felt the energy of the returning and emerging Jewish People in her homeland and he felt as one with both the land, and her people.

Although referred to, by many as האיש של ירושלים – the man of Jerusalem, together with his loving and every so-caring wife Cherna, he was involved in Chevron, Beit El, Yesha in general, Gush Katif, Gush Etzion, educating politicians from the USA about Israel, and was even involved in ‘Operation Torah Shield’ at the outset of the Iraq war, bringing hundreds of students to Israel, to show the ultimate solidarity.

כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה – All Jews are guarantors for one another, this wasn’t just a nice concept for Irving. It was real and part of his makeup.

His unique blend of Jewish pride, emunah (faith), passion, drive, dedication, chessed and huge generosity, made him stand alone on the highest Jewish pedestal in both  Israel and abroad. He stood side by side, shoulder to shoulder, and heart to heart with  Am Yisrael at every step, in this unfolding redemption process.

From the time Irving Moskowitz walked the alleyways of the Old City with Mati Dan, nearly 40 years ago, till recently – when his soul-neshama departed to the Heavens, Irving Moskowitz had a “beautiful and pure love affair” with Jerusalem. With Jerusalem flowing thru his veins, Irving was part of the woven fabric of Jerusalem, feeling the pulse of the city, even from afar in both California and Florida. His body may have been generally in the exile, but his essence, his heart and his soul were all in Jerusalem.

Libi BaMizrach (My Heart is in the East) wasn’t just a phrase for Irving. His yearnings and dreams of Jewish life returning to Jerusalem were realized and actualized, by his own drive, committment and finances.

Beyond his own personal Jerusalem home in Yemin Moshe, Irving z”l and Cherna (May she live healthily till 120) really had many homes. Beyond his own 8 wonderful children, Irving z”l and Cherna had many many children.

Those homes and children were and are the families and students living in the heart of Jerusalem.

The hundreds of families of the Old City, the old Yemenite Village of Shiloach, Ir David, Maaleh HaZeitim, Shimon HaTzaddik, Kidmat Zion, Abu Tor, Beit Orot and the future families of Ganei Yitzchak, are all “his families and homes”.

Irving Moskowitz has redeemed and reclaimed Jerusalem for the Jewish People, and has thus ensured that a united Jerusalem stays in Jewish hands, for generations. He has been at the pioneering forefront of the unfolding realization of the redemption process and the Zionist dream in Jerusalem. A modest and humble man of peace, who believed that Jews had the natural, moral and historical right, to buy and live in any neighborhood of Jerusalem, especially in an area, from where they were evicted. He also believed, that the only way to achieve basic peace and coexistence, with our Arab neighbors, was for Jews and Arabs to live together, under Jewish and Israeli sovereignty.

He felt the pain of the Holocaust with members of his own greater family perishing in Nazi Europe, and he knew first-hand, the concept of Judenrein. (Free of Jews).

Irving Moskowitz was not going to allow that to happen in Jerusalem – where Jews should be barred or forbidden to buy and live in peace anywhere in Jerusalem.

‘Judenrein’ would not apply in united Jerusalem for Irving and Cherna Moskowitz.

So, he purchased and purchased more, he built Jewish neighborhoods, he added Jewish life to the Holy Basin and thus easily stepped into the enormous shoes of Rothschild and Montefiore.

From his first “cheque” helping to purchase or redeem Yeshivat Chayei Olam (today Yeshivat Bratslav Shuvu Banim), till the unfolding building project of the Shefer Hotel (Ganei Yitzchak) near Mt Scopus and the Shimon HaTzaddik neighbourhood, Irving z”l and Cherna have been involved in nearly every significant building project in the eastern sectors of Jerusalem. The Moskowitz name is associated with nearly everything, from buildings like Beit Wittenberg, Beit Volero-Dolgin and Beit Knesset Ohel Yitzchak in the Old City…..Yeshivot – Ateret Yerushalayim, Shuvu Banim, Beit Orot and the Mechina in Beit Zion…neighbourhoods like Kidmat Zion and the old Yemenite Village of Shiloach and the “jewel in the crown” neighborhood of Maaleh HaZeitim.

The world would say no to Maaleh HaZeitim. The Arab League, UN, EU and even pressure from both US and Israeli authorities, would all try to stop Moskowitz. (“Stop Moskowitz Now” was their official call).

But Hashem had His own road map, and Moskowitz together with Ateret Cohanim –  was Hashem’s partner.

Maaleh HaZeitim was built and today, over 100 Jewish families live on the slopes of the Mount of Olives.

On a very personal level, it is a tragic and sad day primarily for Cherna, their eight children, many grandchildren and the wider Moskowitz family.

But also on a national level, it is day of mixed emotions. On one hand, we mourn and are greatly saddened by Irving’s passing from this world. Ateret Cohanim has lost a true friend, and a unique partner. Jerusalem has lost its pillar and builder. Am Yisrael has lost a unique idealistic individual who is referred to as Boneh Yerushalayim.

But on the other hand, one can only be inspired, stand in pride and salute a giant, who has changed the face of Jerusalem and whose achievements for the Holy City, are second to none.

We also know, that Cherna (May she live to 120 years) and the Moskowitz family, who have totally supported Irving for all these years, will continue to walk proudly in Irving’s footsteps.

If the stones of Jerusalem could speak, they would say toda raba Dr. Moskowitz. They would speak of being dusty, dirty and lonely for 2000 years, until Irving z”l and Cherna came and walked the alleyways of Jerusalem.

If the stones of Jerusalem could speak, they would say – we mourn for the Master Builder and Craftsman of Jerusalem.

Yes – today, i mourn and cry for the “loss” of Irving, but I also wryly smile to the Heavens, for i’m in awe and admiration, of what Irving z”l achieved for Jerusalem, in his lifetime of 88 years, and i truly believe that G-d, is now welcoming “His Builder of United Jerusalem” with open arms, to help with the building “Jerusalem of the Heavens”, (Yerushalayim Shel Maalah).

Thank you Irving.

Chazak U’Baruch and long life Cherna.


In conclusion – it will be said to the mourning Moskowitz  family – throughout the Shiva “המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

May you be comforted by HaMakom along with the other mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

The standard understanding is that HaMakom – G-d, who is in every place, will give you comfort. Or, as was told to me when my father z”l sadly passed away last year – the knowledge of his soul-neshama going to Gan Eden-HaMakom, that will give comfort.

I think that in Irving’s case – we all have a third meaning of this comfort. HaMakom- as referred to in the Torah – is also Jerusalem. And so – when we look around anywhere in Jerusalem, we will see Irving Moskowitz. The knowledge and sight of Irvings contributions and achievements in Jerusalem. His redeeming and building the eternal united city – that too will give all of us, and hopefully the Moskowitz Family a lot of comfort.

יהי זכרו ברוך


LIBI BAMIZRACH was the phrase of Rav Yehuda HaLevi zt’l, regarding our yearnings for Jerusalem, from the exile, throughout the centuries.

Dr Irving Moskowitz’s heart was always facing “east” towards Jerusalem, and he too had yearnings and dreams.

But Irving was able to actualize those yearnings and dreams, for his body, soul and essence was in Jerusalem.

G-d had a partner in building Jerusalem in this world. Dr Irving Moskowitz was that blessed partner, who built the walls, homes, centres of Torah learning, communities and ‘palaces’ of Jerusalem.

Now G-d has a beautiful, graceful, humble, experienced and fully committed partner to build Yerushalayim Shel Maaleh. (Jerusalem of the Heavens)

Thank you Irving.

From the “stones” of Jerusalem, who wish to cry, mourn and also speak on this sad day.

Daniel Luria

Dr. Irving I. Moskowitz, 88

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The Jewish philanthropist, Dr. Irving I. Moskowitz, has passed away at the age of 88.

Dr. Moskowitz was born in New York, in 1928, but grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the 9th child in a family of 13 children.

After becoming a doctor, he moved to California and began getting involved in managing and buying hospitals, eventually expanding into Bingo clubs. He was last living in Miami, Florida.

In 1968, he founded the Moskowitz Foundation which helps people in need, in the US and all over the world.

Dr. Moskowitz is best known for his generous philanthropy to Israel, often working with Israeli organizations such as Elad and Ateret Cohanim in their work to restore Jewish life in eastern Jerusalem. He also helped establish the Beit El Yeshiva and Arutz-7, and of course the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism which bears his name.

Due to his extensive philanthropic work in building Israel, he has been compared to Montefiore and Rothschild.

Besides eastern Jerusalem, Moskowitz also helped buy land in Gush Ezion, Gush Katif and the Ramat HaGolan.

Dr. Irving Moskowitz is survived by his wife Cherna, 8 children, 42 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He will be buried on Monday on the Mount of Olives.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terrorist Arrested After Throwing Firebomb Bag Into Kochav Yaacov

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

An Arab man has been arrested after he threw a bag containing Molotov cocktails over the fence,and into the community of Kochav Yaacov, in the Binyamin region, on Sunday afternoon.

As the bomb squad approached the bag, the man tried to run and was caught by the IDF.

In separate incidents, one person was injured from stone throwing in Pisgat Ze’ev.

Arabs threw firebombs at one of the entrances to Beit El, causing a brush fire,

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arabs Still Trying to Kill Israelis: Saturday Night List of Attacks

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Arab terrorists are still busy trying to kill Israelis with stoning and firebomb attacks on the roads and in mixed Jerusalem neighborhoods. A brief review of the events on Saturday night shows the terror wave is not yet over, regardless of the statistical analyses coming out of the government offices.

Plain and simple, Israelis are not yet safe from Arab terrorists who are being egged on by the Palestinian Authority government.

Following is a brief roundup of terror attacks that took place around the country on Saturday night.

Stonings in Binyamin Region Arab attackers hit Bus No. 140 to Beit El on Highway 60 in Samaria, between the Jewish community of Adam and the Arab village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

No one on the bus was physically hurt, but the windshield on the bus was broken by one of the rocks.

A second Israeli bus, No. 143, also came under a hail of rocks hurled by Arab terrorists on the road. No one was physically hurt but the windshield of the bus was smashed.

On highway 437 in the Binyamin region, Arab terrorists hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling along Highway 437 in the Binyamin region, north of the Arab village of Hizmeh.

None of the passengers were physically injured. The windshield of the bus was damaged.

Motorist Firebombed Arab terrorists hurled a firebomb at an Israeli motorist traveling along Highway 55 near Bnei Elias, also on Saturday night.

No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Karmei Tzur Attack Foiled Three Arab terrorists from the nearby Judean village of Beit Omer approached the security fence of the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Gush Etzion on Saturday evening.

The terrorists hurled a firebomb into the community through the fence, before fleeing when security personnel arrived. The firebomb landed harmlessly. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Jewish Homes Attacked in Ma’ale Zeitim Arabs hurled firebombs at Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim on Saturday night in the eastern section of the capital.

No one was physically injured in the attack. It is not clear whether there was damage to any of the homes.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Security Police Officer Was A Terrorist in Damascus Gate Attack

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Once again, a U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority Police office has used his skills — and his foreign-supplied and funded equipment — to attack Israelis in a terror attack.

A Palestinian Authority Security Officer was one of two terrorists who opened fire Sunday night at Border Guard Police in Jerusalem.

The attackers opened fire just before 11 pm, as the Border Guard night shift were receiving their orders at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The officers noticed a suspicious-looking Arab man approaching the group and asked him to show them what was in the bag he was carrying. He pulled out an assault rifle and aimed it at them.

Omar Ahmed Amru, a Palestinian Authority Security officer, died in a hail of bullets as the officers quickly opened fire. His partner, Mansour Yasser Shawamra, began shooting at the officers from a distance of approximately 100 meters away. He, too, was shot and killed by the Border Guard officers.

In the bag officers found explosives and a knife. None of the Israeli officers were wounded.

This is not the first or second or even the third time Palestinian Authority Security Police have been involved in terror attacks on Israelis during this terror wave.

On January 31, three IDF soldiers were shot at point-blank range in a terror attack by a member of the Palestinian Authority Security detail assigned to the Ramallah district attorney. The terror attack occurred at the ‘Focus’ checkpoint near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El.

On Sunday shortly before the Damascus Gate attack, terrorists shot at a home within Beit El. Miraculously, no one was injured in the attack. IDF personnel are searching for the terrorist.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Confirms Beit El Terrorist Was Member of PA Security Force

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist organization confirmed in a statement late Sunday the terrorist who shot three Israeli soldiers at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El was a Palestinian Authority police officer.

According to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news outlet, Amjad Jaser Sukkari, 34, was a Staff Sergeant from Shechem (Nablus). His body was returned by Israel to the Palestinian Authority security forces several hours after the incident and was buried the same day.

The attacker drove up from Ramallah to an IDF checkpoint next to the Jewish community of Beit El on Sunday afternoon, got out of his car with a handgun and shot three Israeli soldiers at point-blank range. Two were seriously wounded and a third less severely so. Other soldiers immediately returned fire and killed the terrorist on site.

Gaza’s ruling terror group “hailed the heroic resistance operation carried out … by PA security forces member Amjad Sukkari,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Alresala newspaper.

He deemed the shooting a “natural response to the Israeli field executions of Palestinians.

“This attack showcases the rejection of security coordination with the occupation, even among members of the PA security forces,” Abu Zuhri pointed out.

The Hamas official claimed that Sukkari worked as an escort for the chief of the Ramallah prosecution office.

Late Sunday night, the IDF surrounded Ramallah to implement a partial closure of the Palestinian Authority capital city in response to the attack. Only residents who can prove their status were being allowed in and out of Ramallah.

Hana Levi Julian

3 IDF Soldiers Shot by PA Police Officer in Beit El Terror Attack [video]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Three IDF soldiers were wounded in an Arab terror attack Sunday morning at the ‘Focus’ checkpoint near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El, near Ramallah.

It now appears that the terrorist was a member of the Palestinian Authority police detail assigned to escort and provide security to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

“A gunman opened fire near Beit El, north of Jerusalem,” said an IDF spokesperson. “Forces at the scene responded to the attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death.”

One of the injured soldiers, age 21, was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem with a gunshot wound in the neck.
He is in serious condition.

A second soldier, age 21, was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the stomach and extremities. He is also in serious condition.

The third soldier, age 20, is also at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center after sustaining gunshot wounds to the extremities. He is in good condition.

The terrorist arrived by car at the checkpoint from the direction of Ramallah. He used a handgun to carry out the attack.

A Facebook post in Arabic uploaded just prior to the shooting was spotted by a source that has requested anonymity.

“Ahmad Abu Omer, 34, wrote in a post on his Facebook page prior to the attack at Beit El, “We deserve to live in this Land, but there is nothing that justifies living as long as there is the Occupation that kills our brothers and our sisters.” He added a photo of himself allegedly on the way to a terror attack with the caption, “We will overcome in the name of Allah.”

It is not clear what Abu Omer’s connection is to the shooter, or whether he was the shooter himself.

According to a local source, the terrorist who opened fire at the soldiers was Amjid Saher, a PA Police Officer who allegedly worked in the security unit that escorted and provided personal security to “Abu Mazen” — Mahmoud Abbas — when he is in Ramallah.

Hana Levi Julian

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