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Shamir’s Daughter’s House Robbed During Funeral

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

During the funeral of Former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, robbers broke into the Tel Aviv home of Shamir’s daughter Glada Diamont, and robbed the house. The thieves got away primarily with jewelry. Police have opened an investigation.

Mourning

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his son Yair, at the funeral of the Prime Minister’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on April 30, 2012. Benzion Netanyahu died at the age of 102, early Monday morning, in his home in Jerusalem.

The True Life

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

A childless man once pleaded to the Almighty, “Creator of the world! Please send me a son so that I may teach him the Torah.”

The Almighty heard the prayer and sent him a son whom the father named Shaul. When Shaul was old enough his father began to teach him Torah and, thus, they continued for many years.

When Shaul was 25 years old he became known as a talmid chacham. A short time later his father passed away, leaving behind a large sum of money. His mother said to him, “My son, your father has left a large sum of money. Take it to the market, perhaps you can find some business to enter.”

Shaul left for the market in search of a livelihood. Once there, he keenly observed what was going on about him. Some of the merchants were stealing and others were swearing falsely. In disgust he left for home without inquiring about any business.

When he arrived home his mother anxiously asked him, “Well, my son, what have you done, have you become a merchant?”

“I don’t really care to be a merchant,” Shaul answered. “It is not a good profession, because most of the merchants cheat and lie.”

Later as he was walking in the street he saw people carrying a bier on its way to the cemetery. Shaul went back into the house and told his mother, “I want to go to this funeral and thereby fulfill a great mitzvah.”

Meets Eliyahu

On the way home, Shaul saw a man farming a plot of land that was situated alongside the road. Shaul called to the man, “Peace be with you, my son,” replied the man.

Shaul did not realize it but this man was none other than Eliyahu HaNavi, who had disguised himself as a farmer.

“What kind of work are you doing?” asked Shaul.

“My son,” answered Eliyahu, “I plow this land to secure enough food to sustain myself, my wife, and my children. I also hope to grow enough grain to enable me to support the poor and to be able to give the cattle, the wild animals and the birds something to eat.”

“This is the kind of life that I have been looking for,” said Shaul.

Eliyahu, revealing his true identity, said, “I will give you everything that you need.”

“My master,” answered Shaul, “the Lord has already given me Torah. I now need a wife who will be gentle, good and pious.”

“My son,” Eliyahu replied, “I know of just such a woman. She lives to the west and her name is Chana. She is your predestined wife. If we leave now it will take us three days to reach her place.” Eliyahu and Shaul set out on their journey. Along the way Eliyahu left him and made his way swiftly to Chana. Upon entering her house, he said, “I have a bridegroom for you. Will you take him?”

“If it is so destined I can have nothing against it,” was her reply.

Thereupon, Eliyahu returned to Shaul and brought him to Chana’s house. After taking care of various formalities Eliyahu married the pair. At the wedding’s end they began to celebrate the customary seven days of feasting. Towards the end of the seventh day Eliyahu decided that he would visit them.

Sold For A Slave

Upon entering the house Eliyahu found them sitting, talking and idly passing the time. He angrily said to Shaul, “Is this how you waste your time, after all I have done for you? You have forsaken the study of the Torah and have forgotten the true life. Therefore, since you have wasted the seven days of feasting, your punishment will be to serve as a slave for seven years.”

With these words Eliyahu left, leaving the new bridegroom in great anguish. Chana, who had not heard the prophet’s words, asked her husband, “Why have you suddenly become so sad? Is it that you don’t like me? Perhaps you don’t have any money? Here, take all my money and all my possessions. Or is it that you miss your mother? If so, let us both go and visit her.” Shaul, not wanting to tell Chana what was wrong, agreed to the trip. They saddled their mules, prepared wagons to carry their belongings and took their servants with them.

Along the way they passed a large river. The young wife said to her husband, “Let us stop here and eat.” Before they sat down to eat, the pious Shaul went to the river to wash his feet. Eliyahu immediately approached Shaul, lifted him up and carried him away to a faraway land. There Eliyahu sold him for a slave.

Chana, seeing that her husband did not come back, realized that this was the work of Heaven. She decided not to move along but rather to settle on that spot. She immediately summoned her servants and ordered them to build a large house for her and she told them to farm the land surrounding the house. On this farm they began to grow many different crops.

Victims of Toulouse School Shooting Buried in Jerusalem

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of four Jews murdered in the shooting attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin were among those that arrived at Givat Shaul’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning to lay the victims to rest.

Juppe, speaking at the funeral ceremony, said “You can be confident: France is doing everything to ensure so that there will be full safety in schools and synagogues, so that nothing like this tragedy ever happens again.”

Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his two children – Aryeh and Gavriel- and another child - Miriam Monsonego – were killed in cold blood by Mohammed Mera, a 24 year-old French Muslim who has links to Al Qaeda and spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Rivlin expressed disgust for the attack in his eulogy, and said that it was inspired by “wild animals with hatred in their hearts.”

“Anyone looking to justify hate must know that hate is senseless.” Rivlin continued. “The murder of the school children in Toulouse was senseless, as was the massacre of infants in Itamar,”

The younger brother of 8 year-old victim Miriam Monsonego also gave a heartwrenching speech, and fought back sobs as he said he could not bear the pain and just wanted it to end.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu met with Juppe after the funeral and expressed his appreciation for the French Government’s “clear and decisive stand…against this horror.”

Alluding to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton’s controversial comments on Monday, Netanyahu said: “I believe that the struggle against terrorism requires greater clarity…There is a substantial difference between such deliberate attacks against civilians and children and unintentional strikes against civilians that are part of legitimate actions to fight terrorism. If we do not make this distinction, if we allow such a mendacious analogy, then the terrorists will have won.”

Calls are also being heard from French expatriates and Israeli politicians alike encouraging the Jewish community in France to make Aliyah.

Live Coverage: Rabbi Scheinberg Funeral in Jerusalem

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak Passes Away

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, passed away late Tuesday night.  He was 95.

Hareidi Jews around the world were called upon to pray for the recovery of Rabbi Hager – Rav Moshe Yehoshua ben Margalis – after his health deteriorated over the weekend due to an infection and difficulty breathing.

Rabbi Hager is reported to have been surrounded by family and loyal followers at the time of his death, as the group said prayers traditionally recited prior to death.

The funeral will begin at 1:00pm Wednesday at the Vizhnitz Beit Midrash Torah study hall in Bnei Brak, in coordination with the municipality of Bnei Brak and Magen David Adom emergency services.  Vizhnitz followers will shut their businesses during the funeral, which is expected to be attended by tens of thousands of people from all Jewish backgrounds from around the country.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed sorrow over Rabbi Hager’s passing, releasing a statement that said, “We have lost a dear man, an exemplar, a great leader, one who led one of the largest and most important communities in the Jewish world – Vishnitz Hasidim.  He has thousands of students who will carry on his legacy for generations to come.  Having devotedly led thousands of people, his passing is a major loss for ultra-orthodox Judaism and for the entire Jewish People.”

Rabbi Hager is survived by son Rabbi Yisroel Hager, the leader of Vizhnitz during his father’s illness, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the head of the Beit Din of Vizhnitz in Bnei Brak, and four daughters – the wife of Rav Dovid Twersky – the Skverer Rebbe, the wife of Rabbi Yissochor Dov Rokeach – the Belzer Rebbe, the wife of Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum – the Chief Satmar Rabbi of Kiryas Joel, New York, and the wife of Rabbi Menachem Ernster – Rosh Yeshiva of the Vizhnitzer Yeshiva in Bnei Brak.  He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Mordechai Hager, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, New York.

The Rebbe’s brother, Rav Mordechai Hager, is the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey.

During his life, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua served as the President of the Council of Torah Sages, the body to which the Agudath Yisrael hareidi political party  turns for religious decisions and guidance.

Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua was born in Romania in 1916 to the fourth Rebbe of Vizhnitz, Rabbi Chaim Meir.  He served as the Grand Rabbi of Vizhnitz in Bnei Brak for 40 years.

Funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager of the Viznitz hassidim

North Korea Buries Kim Jong-Il

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

North Korea buried “dear leader” Kim Jong-Il on Wednesday in a massive national funeral.

A long, snowy funeral procession in the capital of Pyongyang featured a funeral cortege, marching soldiers with bared heads in mourning, and Jong-Il’s successor and son, Kim Jong-Un, crying in the hearse. Jong-Un will be the third member of the family to run North Korea.

Civilians lined up to pay homage to the “dear leader”, crying “father, father” as the hearse passed by.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/north-korea-buries-kim-jong-il/2011/12/28/

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