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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Rehovot Student Wins Bible Quiz

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Two national religious students from Rehovot and Jerusalem won the two top places in this year’s annual Bible Contest held on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Contestants from around the world, including the United States, competed, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told them after 15-year-old Rehovot student Eyal Yitzchak Matas won the quiz:

Now you can go back to your homes, but come back to us, to the Land of Israel. Make Aliyah to the State of Israel. We are waiting for you.

Matas studies at a private religious school in Petach Tikvah, near Tel Aviv, and his Bible teacher is former Knesset Member Michael Ben-Ari. He was warded a scholarship to university.

Yisrael Elgrabli, 17, of Jerusalem, won second place.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said at the event, “The Bible is the foundation of our lives, and we could not exist without it.”

Tears Lead to Triumph: Israel Celebrates 67th Independence Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At sunset Wednesday, citizens in the State of Israel dried their eyes and raised their heads, left the cemeteries and bid farewell to their fallen warriors and victims of terror as Remembrance Day ended with the setting sun.

By nightfall, citizens around the country were streaming towards public parks and stadiums to attend celebrations marking the 67th birthday of the State of Israel.

The evening began with the raising of the nation’s blue and white flag to the top of the flag pole at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Israel’s annual torch-lighting ceremony officially kicked off the beginning of Independence Day in the country with specially-selected individuals to light each of the torches.

This year, 14 trailblazers who reached unusual, inspiring achievements were selected, each having made a significant contribution to Israeli innovation and excellence. With two pairing up, they lit 12 torches. They were:

  • Danny Gold: one of the developers of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system that saved so many lives in last summer’s war with Hamas
  • Ehud Shabtain: the developer of the WAZE GPS system, recently sold to Google for more than $1 billion
  • Or Asulin: age 17, CEO of a company that develops youth entrepreneurship in high tech – he lit a torch together with Ehud Shabtain.
  • Rami Levi: CEO of the supermarket chain in his name that has revolutionized food prices and marketing in Israel.
  • Alice Miller: First female pilot in Israel, sued the IDF in Supreme Court to break the military’s gender glass ceiling
  • Lucy Aharish: Muslim Israeli Arab journalist voice against racism in Israel, news anchorwoman on i24News
  • Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin: Researcher who developed Exelon, the ground-breaking medication for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dr. Gabriel Idan: Developed the medical mini-cam swallowed by patients in lieu of invasive procedures.
  • Rafi Mehudar: Inventor whose technologies have helped Israel and other nations conserve water.
  • Avihu Medina: Singer and songwriter who brought Israel into the world of Mediterranean music.
  • Sima Shine: Highest-ranked woman in Israeli intelligence, director of Regional Affairs Division, Strategic Affairs Ministry
  • Gal Lusky: head of Israel Flying Aid Foundation, which provides humanitarian relief in crisis situations around the world
  • Malka Piotrkowsky: Paved the way for women’s study of Torah and Talmud, honored for her work as a teacher and women’s rights activist
  • IDF Pvt. Dan Korkowsky, who is diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum and serves with IDF Special Intelligence Unit 9900. He was joined by Sgt. Bat Chen Fumorchok, who leads the special needs soldiers’ division.

Fireworks lit up the skies in every town and city in Israel and in some places, in separate neighborhoods as well.

The annual International Bible Contest is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, Israeli Independence Day) at 11 am in Jerusalem, from where the event will be streamed over the Internet around the world. Contestants have been pared down to a final set of 67 competitors from 33 different nations, all of whom will be participating in Thursday’s event.

Body of Missing Female Traveler Found in Ein Gedi

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A tragic end to a search for a woman in her 60s who was reported missing on Tuesday; the traveler’s body was found Wednesday morning in Ein Gedi at the nature reserve.

Rescue workers and police found the woman’s body near a waterfall in an area closed to visitors and said they believe she may have fallen after taking a wrong turn off the marked hiking trail.

The woman’s identity has not yet been released for publication.

Netanyahu: Israel ‘Adds Life’ on Remembrance Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused special attention in honoring the victims of terror Wednesday at Remembrance Day ceremonies at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery.

Joining the prime minister for the ceremony were President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Both lay wreaths for the victims of terror.

The designation is a relatively new addition to ceremonies that once were held to commemorate only the fallen among Israel’s soldiers. It was recognized, however, that those who die simply because they are citizens of the state are as worthy of being a “soldier of Israel” as any uniformed defender.

Bereaved Israelis flocked to the graves of fallen soldiers at the cemetery, paying their respects to troops killed in wars since 1860 as well as victims of terror.

Since the close of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, 2,538 have died in terrorist attacks – including 31 in the past year alone.

The hatred of terrorists “is blind; for them we are all targets,” the prime minister said in addressing participants. “While they try to take life, we add life.” He listed the attacks in the past year in which precious Jewish lives have been stolen and blood shed in the State of Israel by murderous terrorists.

There is no difference between IDF soldiers on the homefront or those in the field, civilians involved in their daily affairs or those serving their time in army reserves, he said.

All are targets.

But the prime minister also warned that the radical Islamist terror once believed to be exclusive to the Middle East has made its way abroad and now has spread to Europe.

Attacks against Jews in countries like France – where the week-long reign of terror in Paris horrified millions this past January and left more than a dozen people dead – are becoming more common. Four people died at the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store during that massacre.

Such activity, said Netanyahu, perversely seems to draw the admiration of many of Israel’s neighbors, rather than disgust.

“They admire murderers,” the prime minister noted. “The more they murder, the more they admire them.”

For Israel to achieve peace with her neighbors, he said, they must “stop the incitement and the admiring of murderers. That’s not how you make peace.”

Israel’s Memorial Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At 11:00 AM Wednesday morning, the 2-minute siren rang out throughout Israel in memory of Israel’s fallen.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Ruby Rivlin and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot were at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, while Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon presided at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Memorial Day began last night with a siren at 8pm and a ceremony at the Kotel.

23,320 Israelis have been killed in wars and terror attacks.

116 people were killed in the past year, including 67 soldiers and 5 civilians in Operation Protective Edge.

There are 535 soldiers whose burial place is unknown.

Over 270,000 virtual candles have been lit using and Israel Defense Ministry app.

Tonight, after sunset, Israel transitions into Independence Day.

Chareidi Initiative United Moment of Silence with Silent Prayer

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A 2-minute siren sounded at 11 AM this morning throughout Israel to commemorate and remember Israel’s fallen. At that point, all of Israel will stop and stand for a moment of silence.

A new Chareidi initiative was launched for Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, called “Sheket, Zochrim” or “Be Silent, We are Remembering”.

The initiative was launched by Rabbi Ze’ev Rothman, a Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi, as an attempt to connect the two minutes of silence with an older Jewish tradition of saying Tehillim (Psalms) and prayers for the deceased.

His idea united both the secular and religious together during this solemn moment of silence as we all remembered Israel’s fallen.

A silent prayer during the moment of silence.

The flyers were handed out in shopping centers, stores and schools and targeted everyone from Chareidim to secular. Over 50,000 flyers were printed and distributed.

The text of the prayers follows:
Sheket Zochrim

Remembrance Day Siren to Sound at 11 AM

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A 2-minute siren will sound at 11 AM this morning throughout Israel to commemorate and remember Israel’s fallen, as part of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day.

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