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August 3, 2015 / 18 Av, 5775
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Gush Etzion Arabs and Jews to Rally against Violence

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Gush Etzion Jews and Arabs will hold a prayer vigil at the Gush Etzion intersection Sunday to pray for the complete and speedy recovery for the three remaining victims of Friday’s arson attack in Samaria and for peace between Arabs and Jews.

Shorashim/Judur, a grass-roots movement of local Israelis and Palestinian Authority Arabs for coexistence in Judea and Samaria, is sponsoring the  prayer vigil.

Rabbi Yaakov Nagen, a teacher at the Otniel yeshiva and one of the organizers of the rally, said the event would be a critical demonstration of unity between Jews and Palestinians at a time when tensions are rising on both sides of the ethnic divide.

Referring to the firebomb attack that set a house on fire and killed an 18-month-old baby, he stated:

This vile attack occurred on the eve of the Sabbath that Jews around the world read the 10 Commandments, including the holy words ‘Thou shalt not murder,’ and less than a week after we read the frightening rebuke of the prophet Isaiah – ‘Your monthly and holiday celebrations have become disgusting to Me… You will spread your hands out in prayer [but] I will hide my eyes from you… your hands are replete with blood.’The first thing the Bible teaches us about humanity is that we are all created in the image of God.

Arab  participants at the 6 p.m. rally will include Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Hawa and Ali Abu Awwad. Several rabbis will attend, including the heads of the Har Etzion Yeshiva and the  Makor Chaim Yeshiva High School.

Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief Rabbinate

Monday, July 6th, 2015

(EFRAT- July 6, 2015) The Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin made his first public statements following a month-long ordeal where Israel’s Chief Rabbinate held up the extension of his rabbinic tenure.

Speaking at a reception of Efrat residents hosted by Mayor Oded Ravivi to mark the continued tenure, Rabbi Riskin stated that he was forced to “rely on reports in the media” regarding his standing, and that the Rabbinate never attempted to reach out to him directly to explain the reason for the unprecedented delay in extending his tenure. (Editor’s note: JewishPress.com was the first to report on the tenure extension crisis in English.)

The ordeal began when the Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically renew Rabbi Riskin’s post and instead chose to delay their decision as they examined the merit of extending his thirty-two year tenure as Efrat’s religious leader.

“The Rabbis didn’t speak with me at all,” said Rabbi Riskin. “From the moment they chose not to automatically extend my tenure, I didn’t receive any indication from any of the members of the Chief Rabbinate whether they intended to renew my position. Even the rumors that I was to be invited for some sort of hearing turned out to be false,” Rabbi Riskin continued.

Responding to claims that some of his Halachic rulings were deemed problematic by a few members of the Rabbinate, Rabi Riskin stated, “I am sure all of my decisions are based on accepted Halachic precedent. Even the rulings that some viewed as too far ‘outside the box’ are based on decisions by former Chief Rabbis. This is a debate about differing ideological paths.”

Rabbi Riskin also spoke about the Kashrut issue that has been publicly debated in recent days. The Rabbi reminded his audience that it is in the interest of the Rabbinate that Kosher food be readily available to as many Jews as possible.

“The Chief Rabbinate must ensure that Kosher food is accessible to all the Jews in Israel, and that it is done so at the lowest possible cost to the general public. It should be their highest priority that as many Jews as possible eat Kosher. This is not what is happening right now with the latest decisions. The Rabbinate should be opening its arms in acceptance and limiting divisiveness in Israeli society,” Rabbi Riskin concluded.

In his comments, Rabbi Riskin urged the Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society and return to the vision for the institution set out by the original Chief Rabbi Kook which was intended to respond to the needs of all the Jewish citizens of Israel.

Statement from the Office of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Monday, June 29th, 2015

(Jerusalem) Rabbi Riskin is pleased and honored to continue to serve the residents of Efrat, and the extended community, as the City Rabbi as he has done his entire life with an unwavering commitment to Halacha and the laws of the State of Israel.

Israel’s Latest ‘War Crime’ and Human Rights Violation: Uprooting Trees

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Israel uprooted approximately 1,000 almond and olive trees that were planted illegally in a land grab on the western edge of Gush Etzion on Thursday, an action that Arabs are calling a “war crime” and even a human rights violation.”

The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) stated:

[We] carried out the eviction of an illegal invasion of around 1,000 olive trees planted illegally without permits on state land in Wadi Fukin.

The area is located between the security fence and the Hareidi city of Beitar Illit, west of Efrat.

The Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website claimed that the land is owned by Arabs.

The London Independent reported:

Palestinians have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land….. Three years ago, Israeli authorities posted signs saying that the land belongs to the state, farmers said.

Wasel Abu Yusuf, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the newspaper: This is occupied territory and international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention apply. This is the land of the Palestinian state and any colonialist settler building or expropriation of land or cutting trees is a war crime against the Palestinian people.

If they are going to claim it is a “war came,” why not go even farther and charge Israel with violating human rights?

That may sound absurd, but read what an unidentified journalist, whom we can assume to be Al Quds correspondent Sayid Erikat, told the State Dept. at yesterday’s daily briefing:

Yesterday the Israelis pulled out something like 1,800 trees in the West Bank; they uprooted trees and so on. I mean, we talked about the commission of inquiry and human rights abuses and so on. Is that something that you would like to see the Israelis stop doing?

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby answered, “I haven’t seen the report on the trees being uprooted. You’re going to have to let me go back and look at that. I just don’t have anything on that.

What is amazing is that there was no laughter from Kirby or fellow journalists.

Hit-and-Run Palestinian Authority Terrorist Arrested

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Cleared for release: The IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israeli Police arrested Palestinian Authority Mohammed Yosuf Arfaya. for running over pedestrians at the Alon Shvut junction last month.

Three people were injured, and Arfaya escaped. He later was caught and initially claimed it was accident. Under questioning, he admitted to intentionally targeting Israeli civilians.

Arfaya also confessed to have previously attempted executing several terror attacks, all of them unsuccessful. An indictment will be submitted to the military court in Judea and Samaria charging him with the terrorist attack at Alon Shvut.

The terror attack that Arfaya executed is an example of “lone wolf” attacks. There have been many similar attacks over recent months, in which a singular attacker was involved and claimed credit.

In the upcoming days, an indictment will be submitted to the military court in Judea and Samaria incriminating Arfaya for the terror attack.

Rabbi Riskin on Tension with the Chief Rabbinate, and Rabbi Feuer on the Priestly Blessing

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi and co-founder of the Judean settlement of Efrat, rubs Israel’s Chief Rabbinate the wrong way. His liberal stance on conversion, women’s involvement in religious rites and other issues is now causing the rabbinate to threaten not to renew his contract, as he has turned 75. A slew of rabbis and public officials have come out in support of his continued tenure. Riskin joins Yishai to discuss his relations with the Chief Rabbinate and his positions on Jewish law.

Then, in this week’s Torah portion in the Book of Numbers, “Naso,” God gives direction to the Jewish priests on how to bless the Jewish people: “May God light His face unto you.” But does God really have a face? In preparation for Shabbat, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to discuss the Priestly blessing, the Nazarite and the seemingly repetitive offerings of the tribe leaders.

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Medical Update on Rav Bina’s Grandson [video]

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Aryeh Bina, the grandson of Rav Aharon Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, was struck by the terrorists car just after pushing his friend out of the way on May 14th, 2015.

Aryeh was thrown 7 meters and was the only one that was seriously injured. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem where they immediately operated on him to stop internal bleeding in his head.

Following that operation, they then operated on his hip with the hope to enable him to walk again.

The doctors recently deemed a second hip surgery necessary, and everyone is asked to daven for Aryeh ben Rina B’toch Shar Cholei Yisrael for the next few weeks as he goes through a difficult period.

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