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Redemption of the First-born Donkey

Friday, June 19th, 2015

In the book of Shemot we learn of the mitzvah of Pidyon Petter Chamor-Redemption of the firstborn donkey:

Shemot 34:20 And the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck. All the first-born of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before Me empty.

Part of the concept of redeeming a donkey, which represents an animal with no sanctity or holiness, implies that even the lowest can be redeemed, and transformed into something better than itself and thus deserving life, in this case, via the redemption process with a sheep.

This particular ceremony was performed on Thursday in the town of Beit Shemesh.

No animals were injured in the redemption process.

Donkey Redemption 2

donkey redemption 3

Large Forest Fire Near Tzur Hadassah

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Six firefighter crews have been sent in to fight a forest fire in the Begin Forest near the town of Tzur Hadassah, just outside of Jerusalem.

A high-voltage power line that crossed over the forest fell down, igniting the blaze in a difficult to reach area.

Six fire fighter crews from Beit Shemesh, 2 firefighting airplanes, and firefighters from the JNF and the Electric Company are battling the fire.

Due to the location the fire is proving difficult to fight, but nearby residents are not in danger.

Fire!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The temperature has been scorching hot for the past couple of days. And that’s been setting off brush fires.

There have been massive fires, big fires and little fires all over the country.

Some homes near Beit Shemesh were evacuated last night due to the approaching fires.

As if it wasn’t hot enough outside.

IDF Officer-Rabbi Attacked in Beit Shemesh

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

On Monday, Major Shraga Dahan, an IDF officer and Chabad Rabbi serving in the IDF Rabbinate, went to make a Shiva call (visit a mourner) to a Chabad family in Beit Shemesh. He made the visit along with Chabad Rabbi Yehuda Yuroslavsky, in the Chareidi section of Beit Shemesh, according to Chabad Online.

Rabbi Dahan is the Rabbi of the Tel HaShomer base.

Upon leaving the Shiva house (house of mourning), a number of extremists surrounded the two on Beit Hanasi Street, and began cursing them, throwing items at them and telling them to leave.

Other Chareidi residents in the area tried to chase the extremist hooligans away, but without success.

On Yom HaShoah, a Chareidi soldier in the Chareidi Nachal unit was also cursed and spit on in the same area by a group of Chareidi extremist hooligans.

The Chareidi soldier said, “It wasn’t pleasant, but I am proud of what I do,” adding that “most of the Chareidi population are not like this [anti-IDF].”

Never Too Young to Drive (or Get Caught)

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

On Sunday morning, a motorcycle cop noticed a driver on the road that looked suspicious to him.

Pulling over the vehicle, the policeman was surprised to discover the driver was a 15 year old boy from Beit Shemesh.

In the passenger seat was his 14 year old brother.

The police called the children’s mother who identified them as her children.

The police confiscated the car for 30 days, for what they said was leaking oil and broken signal lights.

Three Car Crash Near Beit Shemesh

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

At least ten people were injured in a serious three car crash Saturday evening around 9:00 p.m. The accident occurred on Highway 375 near Beit Shemesh, according to United Hatzalah, whose volunteers were on the scene treating patients.

United Hatzalah is an independent non-profit volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization that assists in responding to medical emergencies throughout Israel.

Arab ‘Travel Terror’ Continues Around Jerusalem

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arab ‘travel terror’ attacks resumed bright and early Thursday morning in and around the greater Jerusalem area.

At around 9 am, Arabs hurled a large rock at the back window of a bus in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh where IDF soldiers were seated, as it was exiting the community.

“There was a lot of panic on the bus,” one passenger told the Hebrew-language 0404 website. “The window was smashed.” The source said there were elderly and children on the bus as well. “They took us off and ordered another bus to take us instead.”

About two hours later, the Jerusalem Light Rail was pelted with a hail of rocks in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat, in what is becoming a daily occurrence.

None of the passengers were physically injured although several were traumatized, and the train was damaged, at a cost of several thousand shekels to replace the smashed window.

Arab rioters have repeatedly tried to derail the line from passing through the neighborhood as it serves northern Jerusalem, despite the service provided to both Arabs and Jews.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-travel-terror-continues-around-jerusalem/2014/09/04/

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