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October 26, 2016 / 24 Tishri, 5777

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The Family Breakfront

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Shlomo is recently divorced with two sons who are themselves married only a short time. Although he’s still trying to come to terms with his own new life as a single man living in a small apartment, Shlomo tries his best to visit his sons as often as possible and to maintain the warm close relationship he always had with them.

One son, Dovid, was living temporarily not far from Jerusalem, where Shlomo lives, but was about to move to a new religious settlement in the north of the country. Shlomo knew they were short of both money and furniture and decided he wanted to give them the breakfront that had belonged to his own parents. He had no room for it in his current sparse lodgings and there was no reason for the tenant in his previous apartment to have a family heirloom. He would rather it went to one of the children.

But he would have to get it to Dovid within the next twelve hours or it would miss the removal truck that was taking their belongings far up north.

He called a moving company he had worked with before and they gave a price quotation of 900 shekels to pick it up and take it immediately, but the driver stipulated that he needed to see the item first. Shlomo balked at such a high price and said he couldn’t afford it, but he didn’t stop the mover when he said he’d come by to look at it within 45 minutes.

Just after that conversation, a friend of Shlomo’s, a father of thirteen, called him because he desperately needed 480 shekels to pay a bill. Shlomo didn’t hesitate. Although he’d never lent anyone such a sum before, and money was very tight in this very difficult post-divorce period, he told him to come by and wrote him out a check.

Five minutes later he got a call from the mover. He would take the breakfront for only 480 shekels if Shlomo wouldn’t pressure him to take it immediately. The significance of the two identical sums, the one he had just lent his friend and the reduced fee for the moving wasn’t lost on Shlomo. He could barely believe the hashgacha pratis.

The fee was now quite reasonable, but he still needed the cabinet to get to his son before he moved the following morning. “OK, so I won’t pressure you to take it immediately but when can you take it?”

“Some time this evening or tonight for sure”.

It was a done deal.

There was just one more hurdle. The breakfront was still in Shlomo’s old apartment and he hadn’t even mentioned to his current tenant that he wanted to take it. Thank G-d his tenant, after hearing the story, and realizing how important it was to Shlomo, agreed. However, he explained that the cabinet was full and he’d need help removing all the things that were presently in it. Fortunately Shlomo still had the boxes he had used during his own recent move and he said he’d be round with ten boxes in a few minutes and would help him pack.

With everything that had happened that day, it didn’t surprise Shlomo that after packing all of the things that his tenant had stored in the cabinet, the final item filled the tenth box.

Now that everything was in place he called his son and told him to expect a delivery of their family breakfront within a couple of hours. Dovid was overwhelmed knowing just how much the cabinet meant to his father.

The mover arrived shortly after they had finished and took the precious cabinet to his son in plenty of time for his move the next day.

As Told To Rina Levy

Pilot’s Family Tells President Rivlin, Cohen Nov Was ‘A Joyful Boy’

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit to the family of IAF Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov who was killed in a deadly crash of his F-16 fighter jet at Ramon Air Base in the Negev last week upon his return from an air strike on Hamas terror targets in Gaza. The attack had been carried out in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists earlier in the day.

Ohad’s parents, Doron and Chaya, spoke with the president about their son, about his joy for life and respect for all, and about his love for flying.

“My son loved everyone, he was a joyful boy,” Chaya told the president.

Rivlin responded, “I read and heard so much about Ohad, and on these things alone it is clear what a great loss he is for his family, for his unit, and for all the Israeli people. Your pain is infinite, and no words can bring comfort at this terrible time. All that I can do is come and be with you, together with you in your pain.”

The President spoke with Ohad’s widow, Shachar, and heard from her about the plans they had had for the future as a young family setting out. He wished for her that she should have the strength to continue looking ahead for their daughter, and for all the family.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres Family Members Summoned to President’s Bedside for Final Goodbye

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Members of the Peres family were summoned to the bedside of Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres, on Tuesday to say their last goodbyes, according to Channel 10 TV news. The former president’s medical condition drastically deteriorated as Peres appeared to be heading for general organ failure. His breathing, kidney function and other vital signs were sluggish, indicating “a source for worry,” doctors said, according to Hebrew-language media. He was listed Tuesday evening in critical condition. Two weeks ago the 93-year-old statesman suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Chaim Sheba Medical Center. Initially he was listed in serious but stable condition and slowly began to improve, initially responding to simple directives, recognizing at least one relative and squeezing the hands of one of them. Last week doctors began to slowly reduce the former president’s sedation. They also attempted to reduce his body’s dependence on the respirator. But his personal physician and son-in-law — also the deputy director of the medical center — Prof. Rafi Walden, said “his condition is extremely serious.” But the situation took a severe turn for the worse on Tuesday, his neurological condition rapidly deteriorating. Sources at the hospital said Peres had suffered irreversible brain damage. All close members of the family were at the bedside of the former president Tuesday.

President Reuven Rivlin is on a state visit to Ukraine and shared the news about Peres with the country’s lawmakers during an address to the parliament in Kiev, referring to his predecessor as “my friend, Shimon Peres.

“My thoughts are with Israel’s ninth president Shimon Peres, who is fighting for his life at these very moments… The president was a guest of honor in this house and a friend of the Ukrainian people,” Rivlin said, “and saw the great importance of strengthening the ties between the states.”

“In the name of the Israeli people, and people around the world, we pray for his recovery.”

Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef visited the bedside of the former president also on Tuesday, and told media he read a passage from Tehillim during the visit. “He was a friend of my father’s, and the two of us had a great relationship,” the Chief Rabbi said.

“An hour before my father died, he came and held his hand. We had a great relationship between us and he respected every living thing, respected the rabbis, loved Torah and is very virtuous.”

Shas Minister Arye Deri and Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch visited the hospital room of the former president. Both said prayers for his recovery.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Abbas Sends Condolences to Family of Dead Jordanian Terrorist

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to the family of Sayid Amro, the Jordanian national killed by the Israeli Border Guard soldiers in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last Friday. In his letter, Abbas called Amro “a martyr who has quenched the land of Palestine with his pure blood.”

After Jordan condemned Israel for what it dubbed “an act of barbarism,” Israel presented to the Jordanian foreign office a video showing Amro waving two knives and threatening passers by near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

David Israel

Enrico Fermi Saves His Jewish Family From The Holocaust

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Outstanding as an experimenter, theorist, and teacher, Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) established himself as the pre-eminent expert on neutrons, formulating the beta-decay theory, discovering “slow neutrons,” making significant contributions to quantum statistics, devising the first nuclear reactor, contributing to the first controlled nuclear chain reaction, and working on the Manhattan Project.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1938 for “demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation, and for his related discovery of nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons.” He created the first self-sustaining chain reaction in uranium at Chicago in 1942; worked on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos; and later contributed to the development of the hydrogen bomb. The chemical element fermium of atomic number100 was named for him.

Several months before receiving the Nobel Prize, Fermi, a non-Jew whose wife was Jewish, wrote to a colleague in the United States, imploring him to consider accepting him for a research position in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He mentions the threatening atmosphere of anti-Semitism in Mussolini’s Italy and his concern for his wife and children.

While on a day trip in Lugano, Switzerland (where his message had a better chance of avoiding censorship or interception), Fermi, in an understated and gracious tone, informs his correspondent that “the case is by no means an urgent one,” even though history, as well as the portion of this letter pertaining to Fermi’s wife, Laura, shows that this was far from the truth.

The fascist Manifesto of Race, which declared that Italians, but not Jews, are members of the pure Aryan race, was published in Italy on July 14, 1938. Only a few weeks later, Italy enacted the first racist laws, which were initially applied only to foreign Jews but on September 2, 1938 were also made applicable to Italian Jews.

The correspondence exhibited here, written only a day earlier, on September 1, dates to a most critical time in the physicist’s personal life and career as he prepared to receive the Nobel Prize and to depart his native Italy for a fresh start in the United States. Fermi writes as follows (emphasis added):

Since the last time I wrote to you, several things have changed in such a way, as to let me regret not to have accepted the Ann Arbor position that you had offered to me last spring. It is so far very difficult to foresee in what sense the situation is going to develop. But despite my natural optimism, I must confess, that I expect rather difficult times in the years to come. In my personal case, my wife being of Jewish origin might lead to a disagreeable situation for the children. I am writing to you this, mainly in order to inform you that in case there should be in America a convenient position for me, I would gladly accept it. I would greatly appreciate if, in case you should know of some suitable opportunity for me, you would let me know of it. Please understand, however, that the case is by no means an urgent one, and that I can wait as long as I wish [sic] without any trouble. I am writing this letter from Lugano where I have come for one day. Tomorrow I shall join Laura and the children. My best greetings to Jane and to Esther and to you. Yours, Enrico Fermi.

It’s interesting to note that while Fermi did not consider his children Nell and Giulio be Jewish – he refers only to “a disagreeable situation to the children” arising out of their mother’s Jewishness – the Nazis certainly did, under the applicable Nuremberg Laws and otherwise.

It is also telling that Fermi wrote this letter from Lugano, “where I have come for one day.” He wrote this letter, and others like it, in complete secrecy, fearing that the authorities would prevent him and his family from leaving Italy if they learned of his intentions, and he posted them all in different towns so as not to arouse suspicion.

In any case, Fermi and his wife, Laura Capon (1907-1977), did successfully leave Italy in 1938 and emigrated to the United States, where he worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Fermi led the team that designed and built Chicago Pile-1, which went critical on December 2, 1942, demonstrating the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

Left behind was Laura’s father, an admiral in the Italian navy, who was gassed at Auschwitz on October 23, 1943 after refusing an offer from Enrico’s older sister, Maria, to join other Jews taking shelter at her home outside Rome. Sadly, the admiral believed his high position would protect him from danger.

Saul Jay Singer

Court Siding with Terrorist’s Families who Refuse Police Conditions for Releasing the Bodies

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Last week the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decree to show cause against the state prosecution, to explain why it would not release for burial the bodies of terrorists who committed violent crimes in Israel. Recently the Netanyahu government has adopted a policy whereby those bodies are not released automatically and are being kept at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir.

This renewed demand by the high court came following an earlier ruling where the court had ordered the bodies of terrorists be released in exchange for families’ commitment to conduct quiet funerals, without anti-Israeli incitement. The judges approved of the requirement seeing as the hearing was held during the holy month of Ramadan, when Arabs have customarily expressed their religious feelings through rioting in the streets and throwing stones and firebombs at innocent civilians.

But the reality of those cases has been a complete reneging of every commitment made by the families in almost every instance. A funeral that was conducted for terrorist Ala Abu Jamal from Jabel Mukaber, who carried out a bloodthirsty attack on Malkhey Israel Street in downtown Jerusalem, quickly deteriorated into a massive riot. As Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan later put it, “The terrorist families simply lied to the high court. It’s a shame that the court chose to believe them and pressured police to hand over the bodies before Ramadan.”

Interestingly enough, the terrorists’ families are using exactly that argument in their newest appeal to the high court, saying that since Ramadan is long over, there’s no more justification to release the bodies. Essentially, the Arab petitioners are saying that Arab funerals have always been huge and riotous, rife with incitements against israel, so why stop now?

According to NRG, Jerusalem Police this week approached the family of Baha Alyan, who carried out a murderous attack on a bus at the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, to negotiate the body’s release. Police offered to hand over the body in exchange for a late night funeral, with only 15 people present. The family eventually refused those terms and police pulled back their offer.

David Israel

Jews are Helping Arab Hero Fired for Rescuing Rabbi Mark’s Family

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Mt. Hebron Council Head Yochai Damari posted on his Facebook page a call to help two Judea and Samaria Arabs who were directly involved in rescuing the late Rabbi Miki Mark from Otniel, who was murdered in a terrorist drive-by shooting on Route 60 in Mt. Hebron. The two Arabs were able to save the lives of Mark’s wife and two of their children who were in the car.

“Inside the darkness of the terrorist attack, two Arab residents acted and supported the rescue of the family until the arrival of Israeli forces (about ten minutes), and these actions contributed significantly to prevent an even more tragic harm,” Damari wrote.

According to Damari’s account, the first rescuer arrived seconds after the attack and started prying the doors open with a jack, releasing and bringing out the children, and freeing the mother from the stranglehold of her safety belt. He then stood guard to make sure no one hurt or kidnap them, despite the dozens of drivers who stopped, threatened him, and demanded that he stop caring for the Jews.

Damari noted that this Arab rescuer was later fired from his job as a reprimand for saving Jews.

Moments later, an Arab doctor who was on his way to Jerusalem stopped at the attack site and provided first aid to the injured. He left only after the EMT units had arrived.

“I met with [the first rescuer] and he asked me to help remove the rejection of his work permit request,” Damari wrote. “I sent a letter this week to the Defense Minister, asking for his assistance in providing work permits to both men. I’ve met them, and I’m familiar with the objective difficulties [in issuing them the work permits], but I believe that it is our duty as a Jewish nation to show our gratitude to people who behave like human beings as expected of them in such cases.”

“This time, more than any other, we must boost the positive forces and deliver a clear message that a positive and normative behavior will result in a positive and normative reward on our part,” Damari added.


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