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August 26, 2016 / 22 Av, 5776

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Knesset Committee Approves $80 Million to Support New Immigrants

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Knesset Finance Committee, headed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), on Monday approved the transfer of an additional $80 million to the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, mainly for the purpose of finding housing solutions for elderly immigrants.

Some of the funds are designated for encouraging entrepreneurship among new immigrants from France, Belgium, and Ukraine.

Of the amount allotted, about $68 million are designated for housing solutions for elderly immigrants; $4 million for encouraging entrepreneurship among new immigrants, including employment fairs and seminars for new immigrants, coupons for Hebrew lessons, absorption-related activities in local authorities, encouraging Aliyah abroad by strengthening the professional capabilities of potential olim, and adding more operators to the information call center for those interested in making Aliyah; $2 million for the implementation of the government’s decision to allow members of the Bnei Menashe community entry into Israel, and $1.3 million are designated for increasing the assistance provided to immigrant soldiers who are recognized by the IDF as lone soldiers or as soldiers who are eligible for family stipends.

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R. Yisrael Meir Lau Advised PM Begin to Separate Tisha B’Av from Holocaust Remembrance and IDF Memorial Days

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau — today, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv — revealed in his message this year that he advised former Prime Minister Menachem Begin to separate the days set for Holocaust Remembrance Day and IDF Soldiers’ Memorial Day from Tisha B’Av.

Each, he said, requires its own unique honor and mourning. Tisha B’Av, however, is the eternal day of national mourning; something very different. All troubles come from this day, he said, which has eternal significance.

A deeply revered author and speaker, Rabbi Lau is a survivor of the Holocaust, and the father of the current Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau.

“Sad and terrible things happened to us on this day. Sometimes people ask, ‘Does this day still have meaning for us? After all, so many terrible things have befallen us since [the destruction of the two Holy Temples.]’ And so they open the restaurant, they hang around on the main streets, on this day of national mourning!

“Yet even Napoleon was in awe of how the Jews had remembered this day for 1,800 years.

“Maybe someone, God forbid, has experienced trauma in his life, and then gone on to see blessings and success. But when it comes time to unite together with the memories, you remember.

“The Holocaust is an inseparable part of the story of Tisha B’Av. “Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin wanted to set Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the Day of Remembrance for Fallen IDF Soldiers both to take place on Tisha B’Av,” he said.

Rabbi Lau added that Begin had had a “historical and national outlook,” understanding that Tisha B’Av is a “focal point of all the suffering.”

He pointed out that it actually began well before the destruction of the two Holy Temples, with the Sin of the Spies who were sent on a reconnaissance mission to check out the Land of Israel in advance of its conquest by the Children of Israel. Most of the spies claimed the Israelites did not have the ability to carry out their mission, a false report made on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av in the Jewish calendar — the same day as the destruction of the two Holy Temples.

“All the troubles come from this day,” said Rabbi Lau. “I advised against setting all these days on Tisha B’Av,” he added. “Since schools are closed now and many are on vacation, who would explain the significance of all these days? They would be forgotten!

“Therefore, let each stand as a unique holiday and let Tisha B’Av stand as the day of national mourning. Only a nation that truly knows how to honor its past is worthy of a glorious future,” he said.

Rabbi Lau is also the Chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum Center. His father, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau, was the last Chief Rabbi of the Polish town of Piotrkow Trybunakski, and was murdered in the Treblinka death camp.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau is the 38th generation in an unbroken chain of rabbis, and served as Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003. He personally was imprisoned in a Nazi slave labor camp at age seven and then was taken to the Auschwitz death camp where he was kept alive by his older brother Naphtali Lau-Lavie and other prisoners.

The rabbi was miraculously freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 upon being discovered hiding under a heap of dead bodies by U.S. Army Chaplain Rabbi Herschel Schachter during liberation of the camp. Together with Elazar Schiff, another survivor of Buchenwald, he came to Mandate Palestine in 1945.

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands March 9 B’Av Night in Support of Israeli Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Thousands of marchers from all across Israel participated in the 22nd annual walk around the walls of the old city of Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av night, Saturday, organized by Women in Green. This year the walk, which began following the traditional reading of the scroll of Lamentations at the Independence Park in downtown Jerusalem, was focused on Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The marchers circled the ancient walls carrying Israeli flags, accompanied by police.

The march was concluded with a rally that began with a rousing speech by Women in Green co-founders Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar. Katsover asked why did the 9th of Av become the time of the year when so many calamities took place in the history of the Jewish nation (the destruction of two temples, the fall of the city of Beitar to the Romans, the expulsion from Spain, the expulsion from the Gaza Strip). She pointed to the fact that the sin of the spies, the first event that established Tisha B’Av as a day of mourning for the ages, was the sin of fear of going out to conquer the promised land. The spies convinced the nation that we couldn’t do it.

9 B'Av Jerusalem march 2016 organizers Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

9 B’Av Jerusalem march 2016 organizers Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

“We can’t do it! The state of mind of ‘I can’t do it’ is the cause of defeat. That’s the root of the destruction,” Katsover said. “Tisha B’Av is here to remind us to mourn the things we could have done but didn’t … because of our fear. We don’t build in Judea and Samaria because we’re afraid of pressure from the dwarf Obama. We fail to save [the community set for demolition] Amona because the Supreme Court is afraid of the world. We don’t impose sovereignty because we fear the demographics. We don’t carry out this march in the direction of the Temple Mount because we fear the Arabs and the deteriorating State of Jordan.”

“If we allow our subjective fears to dictate our objective reality, we’ll keep falling time and again,” Katsover declared. “This is the root of our destruction. The first time this approach was introduced was on Tisha B’Av and since then, each year, we cry over the fact that we failed to trust ourselves.” And she announced, “On this Tisha B’Av we’ll decide that we can do. We can and we will. We will not permit the baseless tears to stop us.”

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Dov Kalmanovich, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, the first Israeli victim of the First Intifada (the skin of his face and a large part of his body were burned away by a Molotov cocktail that was hurled at his car on December 9, 1987), said the way to bolster Israel sovereignty across the Land of Israel was through unrelenting construction. He said liberation didn’t end with the conquering of the city, that’s where it started — and the rest is all about building the city. “With your support we’ll cry out for a sovereign Jerusalem,” but this sovereignty must be borne by physical building, Kalmanovich told the marchers.

Former MK Aryeh Eldad / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Former MK Aryeh Eldad / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

 

Former MK Aryeh Eldad told the audience about his late father, MK Israel Eldad, who each year on Tisha B’Av would visit the Israel Museum, stand in front of the statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who suppressed the Bar Kokhva rebellion (132 – 135 CE) and tell him, “So, what do you say? Where are you and where are we now?”

“On the surface he appeared to be right,” Eldad said about his father. “The Roman Empire disappeared and we are here, a sovereign nation returning to its homeland after destruction and catastrophe the likes of which history has not known. But it isn’t that simple.”

“The curse of Hadrian is still hovering above us,” Eldad continued. “After he destroyed Beitar and hundreds of other communities, and massacred half a million Jews, he was not satisfied, and sought to revise history and erase the memory of Israel. This is why he rename Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina (after Jupiter Capitolinus, the same god who eventually lent a derivation of his name to Capitol Hill). And he changed the name of the province of Judea to the province of Syria-Palestine.”

“This curse of Palestine has been chasing us to this day,” Eldad said. “If we want to return to the mountain, we must erase the name Palestine from Eretz Israel.”

The crowd responded with soaring applause.

Other speakers included Rina Ariel, mother of 13-year-old Halel Yaffa Ariel hy”d who was murdered in her bed a few weeks ago by an Arab terrorist; former Russian dissident Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich; and Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan.

MK Yehuda Glick / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

MK Yehuda Glick / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

The last speaker at the rally was MK Yehuda Glick, whose name and personal history have become intertwined with the story of Jewish efforts to return to the Temple Mount. “For two thousand years we’ve kept the commandment of ‘Bitterly she will weep at night’ (Lamentations 1:2), but no more! We stop crying and start doing! The fathers of the Zionist movement have taught us the diaspora is not only the punishment but the sin, too. Zion is the holy Mt. Zion, and Zionism took that name because it wanted to return to Zion, to the Temple Mount, and you,” he turned to the audience, “are part of the return to Zion, to the Temple Mount.”

Pointing out that when he began ascending to the Temple Mount only about a hundred Jews a year would go there, but in the past year some 20 thousand have come.

“Since the day fifty years ago, when God gave us, through the IDF, the land of our fathers, the Golan, Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and we said that Temple Mount is in our hands (the famous victory cry of Paratroopers commander Gen. Motta Gur, June 7, 1967), it really has been in our hands,” Glick said. “Temple Mount is holy, not the status quo,” he continued, crying, “Eicha-How [the Hebrew title of the Book of lamentations] is a scream. How can there be such and absurd reality in which we cannot pray in this place? How can it be that the global center of ‘Nation will not take up sword against nation’ fall in the hands of people who sanctify the sword? How can we give more and more power to the Waqf?”

Glick, whose first few months in office have been marked by liberal and tolerant statements that puzzle the media, concluded decidedly, “We must make clear that all the talk about the chance for a Palestinian State is finished. We will proceed in imposing Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, and anyone wishing to live in peace is welcome, and if they don’t we’ll use harsh measure against them.”

“We are now a nation of building in the daytime, not a nation of weeping at night,” Glick concluded.

The rally then erupted in three calls of “Higia z’man ribonut” (the time for sovereignty is now) and proceeded to the Kotel Plaza to sit down and say Lamentations.

9 B'Av Jerusalem marchers 2016 / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

9 B’Av Jerusalem marchers 2016 / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

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Chabad-Lubavitch Yeshiva Boys to Finish Rabbinic Studies Before Military Service

Friday, August 12th, 2016

After four years of discussion an agreement on IDF military service appears to be on the verge of being signed between the IDF and the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement.

The agreement marks a new arrangement for the young men who turn 18 and typically go on to learn in “kvutza,” the movement’s rabbinic studies program at Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn New York.

According to the new agreement, reported on the Voice of Heritage, after the boys travel abroad to attend a two-year rabbinic studies program, they are to be allowed to complete studies in Israel for two more years. After that time, usually at age 24, they will be required to determine whether they will study Torah full-time, or enlist in a modified military program. Those who decide to continue rabbinic studies will be asked again at age 26.

The agreement will also apply to 300 students who are currently under threat because their status has not yet been determined.

Chabad-Lubavitch leaders have been discussing the complex issue of military service for rabbinic yeshiva students with the IDF since 2012.

Only 15 percent of hareidi religious Israeli men are to receive a permanent exemption from military service, according to a report in the Hadarei Hahareidim website, and those young men are expected to devote their lives exclusively to Torah learning. The remainder are expected to respond to draft notices and serve in the IDF.

Since November 2015, at least 36 Chabad yeshiva students have joined the Intelligence Corps and are currently service in IDF special cyber units.

Up to now, Chabad yeshiva students travel abroad to attend rabbinic studies in the movement’s yeshiva at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, regardless of what else is going on.

“When it is time to go to kvutza, they go,” one Israeli Chabad mother told JewishPress.com, asking not to be identified. “It’s not that they don’t want to serve. But they have to finish their studies first. That’s the most important thing.”

Until the agreement is signed, students who continue to travel abroad and those already in the yeshiva will be considered draft dodgers. Upon their return to Israel they will be required to enlist in the IDF for military service.

Hana Levi Julian

Salmonella Scare in Israel: Health Ministry to Sue Country’s Largest Tahini Manufacturer

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Israeli Ministry of Health on Thursday ordered a halt to all sales of products containing tahini made by Prince Tahina, the largest manufacturer of tahini in the Middle East and one of the biggest in the world, amid a burgeoning scandal in Israel over salmonella found in various Israeli products.

The bacterium was discovered on Wednesday in Shamir salads, which contains tahini made by Prince Tahina.

“We received a report on August 7 saying that salmonella bacteria were discovered in tahini produced by the Prince Tahina factory,” said Israeli Public Health Services Director Prof. Itamar Grotto at a press conference. “We discovered that the company had shipped products to Shamir Salads without updating us.”

The IDF had already noticed an alarming rate of bacteria in Shamir salads at the end of June and decided to cease buying the company’s products. Fellow market competitors Strauss and Tzabar were spared the contamination, as they had conducted their own checks on the product.

“We understood that Shamir was marketing contaminated products and told them to recall the products,” added Prof. Grotto. Shamir has subsequently recalled products produced over the last ten days.

Additionally, over 200 tons of Prince Tahina products are to be destroyed. The Health Ministry alleges that the manufacturer had been aware of the contamination since July 24 and that it will be prosecuted for not having reported it.

“We have summoned Prince Tahina for a hearing before pressing charges against the company for placing the public’s health in danger,” Grotto informed.

“I have been working in this business for 30 years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened,” responded Prince Tahina CEO Afif Tannus. “I take full responsibility.”

The decision came amid heavy criticism leveled recently at the Health Ministry after products infected with bacteria had recently slipped through its safeguards and made it to supermarket shelves.

The Health Ministry also said on Thursday that four tons of camel’s milk produced by Bereshit Milk were destroyed, after two children consuming it were hospitalized with an infection.

The frozen vegetable company Milotal is another company to announce a recall of its products, after it discovered that a line of frozen french fries was infected with Listeria bacteria.

In addition, a special Knesset session was held on Thursday after 240 boxes of cereal contaminated with salmonella had been placed on the market last week.

Food giant Unilever announced that a batch of its products had been infected with Salmonella at its Arad factory, but reassured the public that it had been discovered before the contaminated boxes hit the market. However, it was later revealed that 240 boxes had indeed reached certain stores, putting Unilever on the defensive. After an investigation, the Health Ministry found Unilever to be negligent in their safeguards and revoked their Arad factory’s license.

Tzvi Lev contributed to this article.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

New Gaza Tunnel Collapse Buries Alive Islamic Jihad Terrorists

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

At least half a dozen Islamic Jihad terrorists were buried alive in a new Gaza tunnel collapse late Tuesday night.

The tunnel was being dug in a location east of the Shujaya section of Gaza City, according to unnamed sources quoted by the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Ten of the operatives involved in digging the new tunnel were taken to a local hospitals with a range of injuries, according to the source.

Just before the tunnel collapse an explosion was heard, the source said.

Shujaya is the section of the city where some of the most ferocious battles were fought between Israeli soldiers and Gaza terrorists during the 2014 counter terror war known as Operation Protective Edge.

Hana Levi Julian

Female Arab Terrorist Rendered Harmless by Police in Hebron

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A phenomenon called “death by IDF” sometimes involves very emotional young adult Arabs who seek to end their days in a “blaze of glory and martyrdom” by attacking Israeli security forces, hoping to be shot and killed.

On Tuesday, a woman from the Palestinian Authority arrived at the Hebron security checkpoint leading to the Cave of the Patriarchs and pulled out a knife, threatening the Border Guard Police officers on duty.

The forces responded to the threat from the “terrorist” with pepper spray, and subdued the wannabe attacker.

She was taken into custody and transferred to security personnel for further questioning to determine what had prompted her to carry out the attack.

No one was injured in the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

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