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Posts Tagged ‘Ein Bokek’

Chabad of Dead Sea Works a Miracle for Wedding Blessings Before Shavuot

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

This is the story of a miracle granted to a young Israeli couple on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah to the Jewish People at Mount Sinai, which begins Saturday night at the closing of the Sabbath.

Wednesday night at 8 pm Yonatan from Miami picked up the phone — a chosson (groom) who married two days earlier in Israel and who said he wanted to make sheva brochot, the traditional celebration after a wedding in which seven blessings are recited for a new couple. He and his wife were staying in a hotel at the Dead Sea, he said.

Chabad of Dead Sea carries out a myriad of Torah activities at hotels at Ein Bokek, Masada and elsewhere around the Dead Sea.

Chabad of Dead Sea carries out a myriad of Torah activities at hotels at Ein Bokek, Masada and elsewhere around the Dead Sea.

They had planned that at the end of their meal at the hotel they would simply ask for a minyan of Jews to remain and to recite the seven traditional blessings over a cup of wine, but they discovered to their dismay that it was just their luck that the hotel was hosting a Gentile group, and there were no Jews.

Uh oh. “Now what?” they thought.

True Israelis, they quickly realized there had to be a Chabad House in the area, somewhere.

A quick search on Google sent them to Rabbi Shimon Elharar, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and director of Chabad of the Dead Sea, whom they called immediately (and who told the story in an exclusive interview with JewishPress.com.)

“Can you make sheva brochot for us? We are here at the Dead Sea,” Yonatan asked.

Within two hours, – by 8 pm – Rabbi Elharar’s wife and co-emissary, Rina Elharar had organized a complete, traditional sheva brochot celebration for the new couple, including food, enough Jewish men for the required quorum of ten for a minyan to recite the seven wedding blessings, and guests to celebrate with both husband and wife.

Not one actually knew the couple prior to the celebration, but it didn’t matter at all. “We all know each other from ancient times,” Elharar told JewishPress.com. “We are all one people, and we all stood as one when the Torah was given to us at Mount Sinai, right? That’s all that really matters when Jews gather together. We are one!”

Hana Levi Julian

Unexpected Downpour Swells Lake Kinneret, Creates Havoc in Israel

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The sun peeked out just long enough Thursday afternoon for Israelis to see the flooding caused by the “sound and light show” they endured over Wednesday night.

Cracks of thunder and long streaks of lightning interspersed with the downpour that sent sheets of rain down through the skies over Israel, drenching the entire country.

Downpours at this time of year are unusual but not unheard of, meteorologist said. By mid-afternoon Thursday, the skies in southern Israel were once again filled with leaden clouds that appeared once more to be pregnant with rain. It was not clear whether in fact more precipitation was on the way; the forecast calls for the possibility for rain, continuing even into as Friday morning.

Rain is considered a blessing in this part of the world no matter when it arrives. There has been a 2.5-centimeter (one inch) rise in the water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) as a result of the record-breaking downpour.

But some may have seen it as a mixed blessing: Fifteen members of the Bnei Akiva youth group were trapped in a southern Israeli parking lot due to the flooding. They were rescued by special teams and evacuated from the scene by helicopter. IDF vehicles prepared to enter the area to help evacuate remaining hikers who had been touring in the area.

Bezeq phone lines were still down around the Dead Sea area at midday and service was sporadic at best.

Cell phone companies were scrambling to restore service in the central region. In the Jerusalem area, Cellcom customers reported all kinds of difficulties in placing their calls and in sending text messages Thursday afternoon.

The company had not formulated a response to the complaints by mid-afternoon.

Further south, near Eilat, Route 90 was still closed to traffic by late afternoon due to flash flooding that swamped the road after a night of thunder and lightning that swept Israel from north to south. Route 31, which had been closed earlier in the day, is now open.

Hana Levi Julian

Thunderstorms Strike Israel

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The blessing for rain may have been left behind for the winter season, but the Heavens re-opened on Wednesday night anyway with additional blessings for the Land of Israel.

The entire country was hit and the rainstorms that began overnight are carrying on through Thursday and expected to continue possibly into Friday. Storms of this intensity are unusual in Israel in May, but not unheard of.

Communities in Gush Etzion were left without power overnight. Main highways were shut down due to flooding around the Dead Sea and in the northeastern Negev city of Arad at least one home was flooded due to cracks in a ceiling where the roof gave way.

There were also reports of numerous Bezeq telephone lines being knocked out at the southern end of the Dead Sea, in the Ein Bokek area, due to flooding in the region.

Israeli rescue teams are warning the public about the dangers of trying to cross flooded terrain across the country. Even if the flow of the waters appears to be weak, warned officials, there is simply no way to measure the water’s depth and strength.

Waves can be intense and suddenly rise to flip a car over, officials explained. Floods also loosen rocks, which can easily trap a car within the flow of the water. If a driver encounters a flood while driving, he or she is advised to wait until the rush of the water has stopped entirely before continuing to drive. Failing that option, turn around and head back. Better safe than sorry, in all cases.

Anyone who requires assistance is advised to dial 100, the Israel Police.

Due to the flooding, Route 90 is still closed to traffic in both directions from the Dergot Peaks to the hotel strip at Ein Bokek. The same road has been shut down at the northern end of the Dead Sea up to the Arava Junction as well. Traffic police are deployed at both locations to head off unwary travelers.

In addition, Route 31 heading down to the Dead Sea has also been closed.

Hana Levi Julian

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