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On Tuesday, July 19, a flight with 223 olim from the US and Canada landed in Ben-Gurion International Airport, where a ceremony was held to welcome them to Israel.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar said that “the Aliyah to Israel is the foundation on which the Zionist enterprise stands. It is the clearest expression of our love to the land of Israel.”
“The strategic cooperation between KKL-JNF and Nefesh Be’Nefesh assists many diaspora Jews to find their way to Israel, build their home there, integrate in the Israeli society and contribute to the prosperity of Israel,” Atar said, adding, “I am sure that many Olim will encounter KKL-JNF down the road … We are here for you and proud of you.”
The 223 newcomers include Jews from 17 US states and two Canadian provinces, former servicemen from three different US Armed Forces units, families of all sizes, and young professionals.JNi.Media
How do you offer to help someone save money, when you’re not sure they were even thinking of buying something?
It’s a tricky situation and one I found myself in when my youngest daughter got engaged.
There is a minhag in Israel, not universally accepted but quite common, for the chatan to give the kallah a diamond ring in the cheder yichud after the chuppah.
Sometimes the kallah will know if she’ll be given a ring because she might go with the chatan to choose it before the chatuna, but often it is a surprise and the ring is chosen by the chatan’s mother or sister.
Shortly after my youngest daughter, Bracha, got engaged, my mother was niftar. My three sister and I had always been very close and after the shloshim, we had gone through our mother’s possessions quite amicably choosing items our mother had used and treasured, and things we fondly remembered from our childhood home, to take back with us to our families.
Among her possessions was a brooch made up of a few small diamonds. We weren’t sure what to do with the brooch as none of us would have actually worn it as it was. Its style was a very old fashioned and none of us is the type to wear diamond brooches anyway. There didn’t seem any point in having the diamonds removed and each of us taking one; what would we do with it?
Then I had an idea. I asked my sisters if they would mind if I gave one of the diamonds to Bracha and her chatan. It would save his family buying a diamond and I knew my daughter would be thrilled to have something from her Grandma. They could just choose whatever setting they wanted.
Everyone was very happy with this idea and we decided to offer the other diamonds to our other children.
But later on when I started to think about my idea I suddenly hit a snag. What if our future mechutanim had no intention of buying a ring? I knew that their finances were severely limited and I didn’t even want to give the impression that I assumed they would be buying Bracha something.
But if they were considering it, then I definitely wanted them to know that they wouldn’t have to pay for the diamond. I asked Bracha what she thought I should do. She didn’t want me to mention it unless I was sure that they intended to buy her a ring. She desperately didn’t want them to be embarrassed if they had never even considered it.
Could she ask her chatan? No, he probably wouldn’t have any idea as he was in yeshiva all the time and had very little to do with the wedding plans and discussions.
So I seemed to be stuck. The best I could do was to ask Bracha to tell me if her future mother-in-law asked her to come with her to choose “something” before the wedding.
“What and then I’ll just produce this diamond from out of my hat like a magician waiting for his turn to perform. C’mon Mum I can’t.”
I seemed to be stuck for ideas on how to get round this. The wedding plans progressed and each time we met with the mechutanim I tried to listen out to see if I could hear any hints as to whether they were thinking of getting the ring.
One morning, just two weeks before the wedding, my cell phone rang. It was my mechutenista.
“Oh Penina, how are you. I’m sorry to bother you. I intended to ring Bracha but I must have got your numbers confused.”Penina Pinchasi
Security forces on Monday night demolished the northern Samaria Hajjah village house belonging to the family of terrorist Bashar Masalha who murdered an American tourist, 29-year-old US Army veteran Taylor Force, and wounded 11 others last March. Masalha embarked on a stabbing spree near the Jaffa harbor promenade on the same night US Vice President Joe Biden was appearing at the nearby Peres Peace Center. In the end, the terrorist was shot by an Israeli policeman and then killed while lying wounded on the grass by an Israeli police volunteer. Both men were commended for their resolute action.
Israel handed Masalha’s body over to the Palestinian Authority, whose official TV channel glorified him by calling him shahid-martyr 11 times, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The PA TV reporter said, among other things, “His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding befitting of martyrs… The martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for martyrs in Hajja.”
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also honored the martyr, saying, “Masalha died as a martyr on March 8, after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”
Or, as the PA TV reporter put it, “Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8. He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a martyr.”
Someone should tell the State Dept. how the PA, a recipient of generous US aid, treats the murderer of an American citizen.
GOC Home Front Command Chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg on Sunday rejected a plea by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who had been ordered to leave his home three weeks ago by an administrative decree, one of the last such decrees issued under former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Eisenberg ordered the minor to be out of his parents’ home and the community of Yitzhar in Samaria by 9 AM Monday.
The administrative order forbids the minor to set foot in Judea and Samaria, and he must observe a nightly curfew at the home of his grandparents, in Petach Tikvah. When it turned out that the Petach Tikvah address was not available, the minor received a temporary stay, pending the hearing on Sunday this week.
It should be noted that the administrative decree does not specify what past actions of the boy in question merited the expulsion from his home environment, other than a general statement about his being a threat to national security.
At the hearing, attorney Chai Haber from the legal aid society Honenu, told representatives of the Major General that his client had nowhere to go. He noted that it is next to impossible to get anyone to agree to board the minor because police are known to keep a close watch on curfew detainees and pay late-night visits to their addresses, knocking on doors and waking up entire neighborhoods.
The Major General’s response has been that the minor must nevertheless vacate his parents premises by 9 AM as ordered.
The minor’s father said on Monday morning, “My son has nowhere to go, he lives here, his family lives here, it’s inconceivable that one day they’d present him with an order of evacuation. The impact of such an expulsion on a minor are unacceptable. Who will take responsibility? Who will care for my child? The Major General sleeps well with his children in his home while my son is being thrown out to the street. We cannot accept this.”David Israel