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April 29, 2016 / 21 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

History-Making Wedding Secretly Performed on the Temple Mount

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Temple Institute initiated an actual wedding ceremony on the Temple Mount, only the second time this has been performed in some 2000 years. The following is a press release we just received, describing the clandestine simcha.

An engaged couple recently approached Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, and asked him if he would supervise their marriage on the Temple Mount. After scrupulously examining the detailed halachot (Jewish law) concerning the marriage ceremony, and consulting with other rabbinical authorities, Rabbi Richman happily accepted the task upon himself.

The couple met with Rabbi Richman early one recent morning in the Old City of Jerusalem, at the headquarters of the Temple Institute, where the blessing over wine was made, a prerequisite to the marriage ceremony. Two appointed witnesses then met the couple at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The witnesses were obligated to both hear the declaration of marriage from the lips of the groom and see him place the gold wedding band on the bride’s finger. All members of the party were instructed by Rabbi Richman that this had to be done without drawing the attention of the Israel police or the Muslim Waqf guards who would be accompanying the group of Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. Were they to notice they would certainly arrest all the parties involved and remove them immediately from the compound.

Courtesy

Courtesy

The plan went like clockwork, and while walking along the eastern perimeter of the Temple Mount, Rabbi Richman gave a tacit signal. The two witnesses drew close to the groom, who, ring in hand, said quietly to the bride, “Behold, you are sanctified to me with this ring, in accordance with the law of Moshe and Israel,” and quickly slipped the ring on the bride’s finger. This act, known as kiddushin (sanctification) is the binding act of marriage in any Jewish wedding ceremony. The couple was now married. They later stood beneath the chuppah (marriage canopy) at a different location and heard the reading of the ketubah (marriage contract).

The Temple Institute was able to capture the entire Temple Mount wedding on video, but in accordance with the wishes of the couple, are only publicly sharing two still shots, one of the groom placing the ring on the bride’s finger, and one of the bride holding up her hand, showing the ring to the camera.

The ancient custom of brides and grooms visiting the Temple Mount (separately) on the day of their wedding has been revived in recent years, but the actual performance of the wedding ceremony on the Temple Mount is a unique act in history following the destruction of the Holy Temple 2000 years ago.

Mazal Tov to the couple and a huge Yishar Koach to Rabbi Richman and the Temple Institute.

David Israel

Homeless New Yorker Arrested for Slashing Israeli Tourist

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A 24-year-old homeless man with a prior record of 16 arrests has been nabbed for slashing an Israeli tourist, 55-year-old Abraham Fekete, at a Greenwich Village subway station last week.

Marvin Tayor is accused of stabbing Fekete in the Bleeker Street No. 6 subway station. He was turned in by a Tipster who called police, according to the NY Daily News.

Fekete, an Orthodox Jew who was in the city visiting friends, had gotten lost in the subway system. He fell asleep on a bench, not realizing how unsafe that can be in a city like New York. Fekete speaks only Yiddish.

He awakened to find Taylor standing over him with a knife, demanding money at 3:30 am Friday, police said. The attacker slashed the visitor from Jerusalem in the face, neck, arms and hands as Fekete fought with Taylor, who then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Taylor was taken into custody at around 11:30 pm Sunday night and charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD sources told the NY Post.

Police caught the stabber on a Nolita subway platform after receiving a call from the Tipster who apparently knows the attacker. Taylor was tracked down and arrested near Fordham University in the Bronx.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Urban Wildlife Park Takes the Prize

Friday, April 8th, 2016

It’s a park like no other in the holy city of Jerusalem — so different, in fact, that the municipality received the 2016 Designers Award for this stunning island of urban serenity.

The award came from Ot Haltzuv, a consortium of designers and architects. Undoubtedly the enchantment of the gazelles ensnared them all.

You can stroll over a wooden bridge to an island to watch the birds, or sit by a pond and contemplate the ripples in the water. It’s quiet, and peaceful.

The park stretches over 250 dunams of land and features five natural and man-made ponds. There are also two flowing streams and areas to watch the birds and other small creatures like chipmunks and such – a manmade island that can be reached by way of wooden bridges.

There are dozens of wild gazelles roaming free, after whom the park is named.

This approach, applied nowhere else in Israel, stresses the importance of creating a ‘green lung’ composed of natural greenery. The park hosts a variety of animals and birds, all to be enjoyed by city residents as well as visitors from Israel and abroad.

“The park’s guiding principle is revolutionary in terms of Israeli urban public spaces – a nature reserve in the middle of Jerusalem,” Mayor Nir Barkat said at the opening of the park last month.

“Gazelle Valley is one of the biggest and most important Jerusalem projects in recent years, representing above all community involvement in the city and the power of joint brainstorming and planning by City Hall and residents.

“For us, the Gazelle Valley project represents the direction in which we want to take the city: developing Jerusalem’s green spaces together and in partnership with the community and with the backing of many municipal entities working to enhance the environment and protect Jerusalem’s natural assets.”

If you’re in Israel and looking for something to do during the intermediate days of Passover, check out the new Gazelle Park in Jerusalem. It’s located in the city’s southwestern corner at the foot of Highway 50 (Begin Boulevard) and Pat Junction.

You won’t be disappointed.

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik zt’l, Dean of Brisk Yeshiva, Laid to Rest

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The revered dean of the Brisk Yeshiva in Zichron Moshe, Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik, zt’l, (Meir ben Hendel) was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday after leaving this world on Shabbos Kodesh.

Rabbi Soloveitchik, zt’l, was 87 years old at the time of his passing, which followed a serious stroke several weeks prior. He was the son of the renowned Brisker Rav.

Rabbi Soloveitchik, zt’l was laid to rest Sunday at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery. “This is a great loss for the People of Israel,” said a mourner.

Boruch Dayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Arabs with Fake Israeli IDs and Knife Captured on the Way to Jerusalem

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Israeli police announced this morning that during a routine patrol, policemen noticed a vehicle driving suspiciously on its way to Jerusalem, according to TPS.

Stopping the vehicle, the police discovered 7 Palestinian Authority Arabs inside, a number of them with fake Israeli IDs.

One of the occupants of the vehicle, a 17-year-old, had a very sharpened knife on his person.

While driving the arrested occupants to the police station, the same police unit noticed another suspicious vehicle on the road, pulling it over, inside they found yet another Palestinian Authority Arab with a fake Israeli ID trying to get into Jerusalem.

Altogether, 9 Palestinian Authority Arabs from the Hebron region were arrested, including 3 minors. Two 2 Israeli-Arabs from southern Israel, presumably Bedouins, who were helping sneak them into Jerusalem were also arrested.

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UN Censors Israeli Exhibits on Jerusalem, Arab Population and Zionism

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The United Nations has censored as “inappropriate” three out of 13 displays in an exhibition organized by Israel’s permanent mission to the United States.

The exhibit, “Israel Matters” was created together with the StandWithUs organization. It opens today (Monday, April 4) at UN headquarters in New York City.

A poster presenting Jerusalem as the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish People was disqualified by the UN.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Jerusalem.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Jerusalem.

Written on the poster among photos of holy sites were the words, “The Jewish People are indigenous to Israel and have maintained a continuous presence in the land since 1000 BC. Jerusalem has been the center and focus of Jewish life and religion for more than three millennia and is holy to Christians and Muslims as well.”

A second display, which focused on Israeli Arabs noted the population is the “largest minority in Israel, making up 20 percent of Israel’s population.” The display described Israeli Arabs as “equal citizens under the law in Israel.”

UN censored this Israeli poster on its Arab citizens.

UN censored this Israeli poster on its Arab citizens.

The third display is one which explains Zionism, the driving force behind the establishment of the reborn Jewish State. Zionism is defined in this display as “the liberation movement of the Jewish People, who sought to overcome 1,900 years of oppression and regain self-determination in their indigenous homeland.”

UN censored this Israeli poster on Zionism, the ideology that helped Jews recreate the State of Israel once more.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Zionism, the ideology that helped Jews recreate the State of Israel once more.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States demanded Sunday that UN Secretary-General reverse the “scandalous” censorship of the posters. He accused the UN of trying to undermine “the very existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” with the move. “We will not allow the UN to censor the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital,” Danon said in a statement.

“The UN must reverse this outrageous decision and apologize to the Jewish People. Zionism and Jerusalem are the foundation stones and the moral basis upon which the State of Israel was founded.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

A wannabe Arab terrorist attacked the Jerusalem Light Rail in a northern neighborhood on Saturday night.

Security personnel caught the young attacker red-handed as he was hurling rocks at the train.

None of the passengers were physically injured. The attacker was arrested and taken into custody.

Numerous stone-throwing attacks on the Light Rail have cost the CityPass company millions of shekels since the train began serving the capital.

Nearly all of the attacks take place in the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat and the nearby mixed neighborhood of Beit Hanina, disrupting service for Arab commuters as well as those in neighboring Jewish areas.

Hana Levi Julian

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