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September 3, 2015 / 19 Elul, 5775
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Temporary Road Closures during Funeral for Rabbi Lichtenstein

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Police have closed the entrance to Alon Shvut, where eulogies for Har Etzion Yeshiva Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein will begin around 10 a.m.

Rabbi Lichtenstein, who lived in Alon Shvut, died on Monday at the age of 81.

Thousands of mourners who are expected to attend the eulogies and burial may park their cars in the parking lot of the nearby Etzion army base.

Eulogies are expected to continue until approximately 12:30, when the road from Alon Shvut to Rosh Tzurim will be closed for nearly an hour while the funeral procession takes place. He will be buried n Jerusalem.

Second Wosner Funeral Victim Died

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Yitzchak Samet (18), who was crushed and trampled on at the funeral for Rabbi Shmuel Wosner died of his wounds on Wednesday morning. The Toldos Aharon Hassid was being treated at Beilinson hospital, according to Kikar Shabbat.

Over 100 people were injured by the overflowing crowds, who were shoving and pushing each other to get closer to the casket at the Bnei Brak funeral for the well-known Rabbi.

Four people were seriously injured, two of whom have since died. The first victim was Mordechai Gerber (27).

Samet’s funeral will be held in Meah Shearim, Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, and he is expected to be buried on the Mount of Olives.

Did the Police Fail or Did the People?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The death and injuries that happened at Rabbi Shmuel Wosner’s funeral should never have happened.

It’s very easy to blame the police for not properly organizing crowd control for Rabbi Wosner’s funeral, which resulted in the death of Mordechai Gerber (27) and severe injuries of three more people who were trampled by the crowd.

The police will conduct an internal investigation, and they will determine if, where and how they failed at the funeral.

But what about the other half of the equation?

The people who were pushing and shoving everyone around them, rushing to get closer to the casket. The people who stepped on the bodies of their fellow students. The people, who despite the crowds in front of them, continued to push their way forward, leaving over a 100 injured.

At some point, the people at the funeral must investigate their own actions and their own role in the death and injuries.

In the last two years, there were two tremendously large funerals for 2 great rabbis in Israel, Harav Elyashiv and Harav Ovadia. Hundreds of thousands of people participated with dignity and Derech Eretz, and everyone left the funerals sad, but alive and well.

When a bad thing happens in a Jewish community, the Jewish response is to ask what did we do wrong to cause this to happen us.

When a body is found murdered in a field, the leaders from the nearby towns come together, publicly perform the Egla Arufa ceremony and say, “Our hands did not shed this blood.”

Every day that passes without a strong, honest assessment of this tragedy from our Torah guiding lights increases the rule of the darkness.

PM Netanyahu Sends Condolence Letter to the Sassoon Family

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 23 March 2015), sent a condolence letter to the Sassoon family which lost seven children last Shabbat in a fire in Brooklyn.

The children were laid to rest in Jerusalem earlier this evening.

Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote to Gabriel, the father of the family:

Dear Gabriel, I was deeply shocked to hear about the tragic deaths of your beloved children, Eliane, David, Rivka, Yehoshua, Moshe, Sarah and Yaakov.

From what I have heard about them, they were children imbued with values, who were a source of pride and joy for you. Each one of your children was a world unto him or herself, unique and special. There is no greater sorrow than the loss of children and the pain is even greater because they were so young. The entire Jewish People feels your pain.

As a family with faith, your dear ones embody the verse (Leviticus 10:3), ‘Through those that are close to Me will I be sanctified’. May you find the inner strength to cope with the tragedy that has befallen your family. May the memories of your children be a source of strength and consolation.

I wish a full and quick recovery to your wife Gayle and your daughter Tziporah.

Yours in deep grief over the loss of seven pure souls,

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Arab ‘Day of Mourning’ in Negev Bedouin Schools

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A man in his 40s – the second victim since last Wednesday — has died following a riot at a funeral and general strike by Arab business owners and Negev Bedouin schools in Israel.

The man, a Bedouin, was in his 40s. He was allegedly participating in a riot against Israeli police following the funeral held for a man who was shot by police last Wednesday.

The strike Sunday was held to mourn 21-year-old Sami al-Ajar, a resident of Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in Israel. After his funeral Sunday, more than two dozen people were wounded, including one seriously. Two police officers were hurt, one in serious condition.

The violence began late last Wednesday with a raid by police who came to Rahat to execute a search warrant on a suspected drug house.

Police were attacked by a mob that gathered to hurl rocks, bottles and other objects at the officers.

Police initially used standard crowd-dispersal methods to control the mob, but as things spiraled out of control, they fired into the air to protect themselves and their two prisoners, they said. Al-Ajar was shot in the melee.

More Photos from HyperCacher Terror Victim’s Funerals [photo]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

All photos by Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency

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Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

By Yotam Rozenwald

Thousands of Israelis showed their solidarity and sympathy at the funerals of the four victims killed by a terrorist attack on the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris.

The victims were buried on Tuesday, January 13 at noon in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. All the victims were Jewish; Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Phillipe Barham and Francois-Michel Saada.

 

Although the victims were French citizens, their families asked the Israeli authorities for permission to bury their bodies in Israel. Israel’s government agreed, and made the necessary arrangements.

The funerals were attended by many Israeli public figures, as well as key figures from the French Jewish community, numbered at 500,000 strong. Speeches were made by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of opposition Isaac Herzog and French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu talked about his visit to Paris the previous day during his speech at the funerals. “Yesterday, I returned from Paris, where I participated in the anti-terror march alongside leaders from all over the world. I think that the majority of them understand, or at least starting to understand, that radical Islam is a real threat to world peace”.The Israeli prime minister also added that Islamic terror is not just a Jewish or Israeli problem but a problem for all humanity. “It is time all people of all cultures unite, and eject these elements among us.”

 

President Rivlin addressed French minister, Royal, saying: “European leaders must obligate themselves to act in an effective manner; they must obligate themselves and act with a firm hand, so that Jewish people in Europe can feel safe again, whether in Toulouse, Paris, Brussels or Burgos.”

French Minister, Royal commented that “I want to give my condolences on behalf of the French Republic, which shares your grief…the victims were murdered for being Jewish, which is outrageous.”
“Anti-Semitism has no place in France and that is the message carried by the millions of French people who marched on Sunday.” Royal, announced in her eulogy that the four victims will receive a posthumous French honor, “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur ” (Legion of Honor), which is the highest decorative honor bestowed in France.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/heartwarming-show-of-solidarity-during-french-victims-funerals/2015/01/13/

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