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December 1, 2015 / 19 Kislev, 5776
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Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) If you need an easy way to remember when and how to commemorate the Yahrzeit (memorial day for the departed) of a family member or friend, you may be interested in the first “Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial App” for the iPhone. The App will provide directions to the cemetery, or to the funeral chapel from your current location, using iPhone’s GPS features.

In addition, the app offers a “Prayers and Meditations” section that can be referenced for a parent, a sibling, child or a friend. For the visually impaired, there are audio recordings of various prayers as well as the transliteration of all prayers from Hebrew to English.

“Plaza Jewish Community Chapel through its creative app brings the traditional and contemporary worlds together to help families during a most difficult time,” says Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Plaza Board Member and an Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis.

App users also receive push notifications for the yearly Yahrzeit, for each Memorial they’ve created in the app, according to the Hebrew calendar. The app will calculate the correct date each year and send a push notification to the user’s iPhone. Traditionally, the Yahrzeit includes reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish Prayer, which can be found in the app, and lighting a Yahrzeit candle. It is also customary to make a charitable donation on the Yahrzeit, in memory of one’s family member or friend, and it can be done directly from the app.

For many, recognizing Yizkor is a very important time. It is a time to remember. Yizkor means “remembrance” in Hebrew and four times a year the app will send a Yizkor push notification. Reminders will arrive in time for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot.

The app is also a resource for Jewish Funeral customs and etiquette, as well as for links to websites that may be helpful. A variety of fresh content will be added to the app, (without the need to download a new version), serving as an ongoing blog, with new Prayers and Meditations, Jewish customs and etiquette.

Click here to download this free App om itunes.

The Funerals of Nechemiah Lavi & Aharon Benita

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Nechemiah Lavi and Aharon Benita were murdered by an Arab terrorist on Saturday night in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The funeral of Nechemiah Lavi on October 4, 2015:

Nechemiah Lavi Funeral

Nechemiah Lavi Funeral 3

Funeral of Aharon Benita on October 4, 2015:

Aharon Benita Funeral 1

Aharon Benita Funeral 2

Legendary Musician Yossi Piamenta, z’l

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Legendary Chassidic musician and vocalist Yossi Piamenta, z’l, passed away Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn after a long and devastating illness.

He is to be laid to rest Monday night in Jerusalem; the funeral is set for 10:30 pm at Shamgar funeral home. An earlier funeral was held at Shomrei Hadas funeral home in Boro Park, Brooklyn.

Known throughout the world of secular music as the “Hassidic Hendrix” Piamenta, 64, was a 14th-generation Jerusalemite who eventually made his way to New York, where he began his career by playing with saxophonist Stan Getz. He performed in venues large and small, Jewish and secular around the globe.

He was admired by thousands of fans, both Jewish and Gentile, for his smooth technique and his faithful adherence to his Jewish faith regardless of where he was performing.

His loss has left this world an emptier place, and his musical presence has undoubtedly brought rejoicing to the heavenly host. May we merit to hear only good news in future.

Baruch Dayan HoEmes.

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,


Benjamin Netanyahu.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahu-sends-condolence-letter-to-the-sassoon-family/2015/03/24/

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