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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Beit Shemesh’

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer, z’l, NY Jewish Leader, Passes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Rabbi Emanuel (Manny) Holzer, z’l, passed away Monday (Feb. 22) after a lifetime of service to the Jewish community.

Holzer served for decades as the chairman of the Rabbinic Kashrus Commission in the advancement of communal kosher supervision.

The rabbi was also involved in the growth of the kashrut supervision at the Orthodox Union (the “OU” kosher supervising agency) since its inception and was a member of the OU’s Joint Kashrus Commission.

In addition, Holzer served as the chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)’s Shechitah Committee and the Synagogue Council’s religious observance committee to coordinate efforts to prevent the passage of restrictive laws in the state legislature.

The rabbi was a graduate of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS) at Yeshiva University and a student of the late, venerated Rabbi Yosef B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, whom he assisted with many projects.

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer was laid to rest in the Eretz HaChaim cemetery near Beit Shemesh after a funeral held at Sinai Chapel in Fresh Meadows, New York. He is survived by his wife Norma, a Jewish leader in her own right, their daughter, Cheryl Greenfield and their sons Jay, Rabbi David and Rabbi Dr. Barry Holzer.

Shiva is being observed until 9 pm Tuesday evening at 20 Shimon Street in Beit Shemesh. Starting Wednesday morning, Shiva is being observed at: 69-69 147th Street, Kew Garden Hills, NY.

Baruch Dayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Shemesh Mayor’s Infant Grandson Passes Away

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

The infant grandson of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul passed away Thursday morning in the intensive care unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

The four-month-old infant, Moshe Rafael Mizrahi, z’l, was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago with a severe head injury.

The circumstances surrounding the baby’s injury are not clear.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Shemesh – Terrorists Tried to Get on School Bus Before the Synagogue [video]

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

A 25-year-old Israeli man is in moderate condition with multiple stab wounds to the head after a terror attack in Beit Shemesh early Thursday.

The two terrorists first tried to attack a children’s school bus before realizing that wasn’t going to work, and quickly moved on to what they believed was a less complicated target.

The two Arabs were standing at the bus stop along with a group of Jewish children and tried to board their school mini-bus during the morning rush hour, according to numerous eyewitness reports.

The terrorists, identified by police as Arabs from Hebron and Halhul, attempted to board the bus with the children. But an eyewitness told Galei Tzahal Army Radio the bus driver “closed the door to keep them out.” He also added, however, that “no one wanted to approach them because no one had a gun.”

The Israeli government is especially conservative about authorizing gun licenses for civilians.

The same eyewitness, Yinon Chen, said he followed the suspicious-looking pair as they abandoned the bus stop and moved on. He called police, noting they tried to enter a synagogue on Havakuk Street, where they stabbed a hareidi-religious man multiple times as he left morning prayers.

At that point, police arrived on the scene and neutralized the two terrorists. Both were shot.

The Jewish teen was treated at the scene and then rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in moderate condition, with stab wounds to his upper body and head, according to Magen David Adom medics.

The terrorists were in critical condition at the time of the attack and evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. One was pronounced dead on arrival. The second was subsequently listed in critical condition.

Beit Shemesh is primarily a religious city of 100,000 people located on the southwestern flank of the capital, among the forested Judean hills.

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3 Jews Indicted for Torching Empty Bedouin Tent Encampment

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) On the morning of August 13, a recently vacated Bedouin tent encampment near the Arab village of Malik, some 10 miles from Ramallah, was torched, and a nearby rock was spray painted with a statement in Hebrew saying: “Revenge procedures,” alongside a red star of David. According to the Shin Bet website, the arson took place at about the same time the internal security police was conducting administrative detention procedures against Jewish activists in Judea and Samaria.

According to the Shin Bet, following an investigation, three right-wing activists, two of them minors, were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the torching. Now the prosecution has submitted to the Jerusalem District Court indictments against Avi Gafni and against another activist, a minor, on counts of arson, conspiracy, threats and obstruction of justice.

Avi Gafni, 19, originally from Beit Shemesh, was described by internal police as a member of the “Hilltop Youth” movement. The name refers to a social-cultural group living mostly in and around the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, whose definitions and boundaries are vague. Israeli media reports have described them as living—often squatting—in outposts or isolated structures, and in open spaces. Often, they may be part of a commune with authority figures, such as Avri Ran (“father” of the Hilltop movement), Meir Bartler, and Itay and Bat-Zion Zar. Hilltop youth men often grow beards and sidelocks, wear oversized yarmulkes, engage in sheep and goat herding and farming, and resist Israeli establishment culture.

Gafni has been ordered by administrative decree to remain outside Judea and Samaria. The Shin Bet says he is a suspect in a number of incidents of arson of Arab property in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem.


Where the Lost Ark Might Really be Hidden…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

An Israeli antiquities authority worker walks inside the Israeli Antiquities Authority storage facility in Beit Shemesh.

Who knows what’s hidden in there.. The Lost Ark?

Israeli antiquities authority storage facility in Beit Shemesh

Israeli antiquities authority storage facility in Beit Shemesh

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Beit Shemesh Forest Fire ‘Worst Since Carmel’

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Hundreds of firefighters battled a forest fire that tore through the Beit Shemesh area on Friday, destroying nearly 2,000 dunam of woodland.

The blaze has been dubbed “the worst fire since the Carmel disaster” – one that could take the land up to 20 years to recover.

It is not yet clear what started the fire, although officials believe it may have been connected to an authorized fire in a nearby moshav. The extreme heat and dry conditions of the past week, plus a breeze, could have carried a spark from that fire into the nearby forest and up the hills, spreading the blaze, a Jewish National Fund (JNF) official said.

Firefighters from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh spent the entire day on Friday working to bring the blaze under control. Natural forest and woodland, vegetation and uncultivated land all was leveled to ash.

“Seventy fire trucks with the help of other authorities, among them the police who worked to evacuate communities and civilians,” were involved in the effort, said Kobi Tobol, commander of the Beit Shemesh-Jerusalem District Fire Department.

“Everyone worked throughout the entire day and managed to stop the fire from reaching residential areas. Despite that, in such a big fire, the damage to nature and to the animals is massive and will require many years of rehabilitation.”

Gilad Mastai, Jewish National Fund head of the coastal area and Shfela Plains, explained the forest, planted in the 1950s and 1960s, was relatively old. “Beyond that, resting stops and trails were also damaged,” he told the Hebrew-language Ynet website. “This fire burned grown and large trees in addition to the destruction of the undergrowth of thicket growing under the pine trees.

“There are jackals, snakes and tortoises in the area that were burned and trapped in the fire. This is dozens of years of damage. A unique vacation spot was taken from the people of Israel,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mastai suggested that people return to the forest in the coming year anyway, to “see how it rehabilitates itself.”

Hana Levi Julian

Police Catch Two PA Arabs in Beit Shemesh Synagogue

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Detectives in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, caught two Palestinian Authority Arabs who had broken into a synagogue.

The Arabs possessed tools that were used to force their into the synagogue as well as nearby parked car, which they apparently intended to use to escape.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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