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Upwards of 1.5 million people participated in the anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday.
World leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, linked arms as they marched 1.9 miles through France’s capital from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation.
Many of the family members of the victims led the march alongside the world leaders.
A minute of silence was held before that march began for the 17 victims murdered over the past 3 days.
5500 French police and military personnel have been called out to protect the city. 2200 of them just to protect the route of the march.
The presence of PA President Mahmoud Abbas was out of place at an anti-terrorism rally, considering Abbas’s role in the Munich Massacre, his decision to name streets and plazas in the Palestinian Authority after terrorists, and his paying salaries to terrorists in jail.
Update #1: LeMonde says that up to 2 million people are at the march.
Update #2: Up to 3 million people are at the march throughout France.
Update #3: Estimates now say that close to 4 million people across France marched in solidarity against terrorism.
The Fast of the 10th of Tevet is today, January 1, and Chief Rabbi David Lau has asked Jews all over the world to say the mourner’s Kaddish prayer in memory of Holocaust victims.
He emphasized that with the ever-closer eventuality of the death of Holocaust survivors 70 years after the end of the Nazi death machine, there are less relatives alive to recite the prayer.
The fast marks the day on which the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem began in the year 588 BCE, an event which eventually led to the destruction on the Temple 20 years later and the first exile from Israel.
The fast day, which is observed from slightly before sunrise to after sunset, is commemorated shortly after Hanukkah.
The Chief Rabbinate 64 years ago, declared that the 10th of Tevet also is “Holocaust Day” in memory of the Nazis’ victims whose date of death is unknown.
“According to Jewish Law, if the day of death is unknown, a relative chooses which day on which to say Kaddish.”
The government-mandated Holocaust Day is in Nissan, a month when Jewish law does not allow public eulogies. Israel’s secular media, along with foreign media, have a field day every year photographing Haredim who walk while others stand at attention when a siren sounds nationwide to mark Holocaust Day in Nissan.
Haredim also have a problem with the custom of standing at attention, which they consider a non-Jewish custom.
The same media fail to note that in the Hebrew month of Tevet, Haredim mark Holocaust Day, as well as fast, while most of the secular part of the country acts as if nothing happened, except for this year, when they also party without realizing that the day marks the circumcision of the same man in whose name millions of Jews have been massacred over the centuries.
German-born Luise Rainer, the first movie actress to win two successive Oscars for best actress, died on Tuesday at the age of 104 in her home in London.
She was born in Duesseldorf and grew up in Hamburg. Rainer’s family escaped Nazi Germany and Hollywood talent scouts found her when she was a stage actress in Vienna.
She moved to the United States in 1935. Her first Academy Award was for a relatively small part in The Great Ziegfeld and the second for the role of a poor Chinese farm wife in The Good Earth, in 1936 and 1937 respectively.
Rainer identified herself as an Austrian because of the taint of being a German, but Hollywood did not give her serious roles. She moved back to Europe in 1943 and lived most of the time in Switzerland but had a plush home in London.
Rainer also entertained for U.S. soldiers during World War.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland plans to open a new Jewish museum in a preserved baroque synagogue built in the 17th century in eastern Poland.
Great Synagogue in Leczna, in Lublin province, was mostly destroyed during and after World War II. In the 1950s and 1960s it was reconstructed, retaining the most important architectural elements of the former synagogue, including its wooden ceilings, the bimah and the Torah ark.
Since 1966, the synagogue has housed a regional museum, which has in its collection some valuable Judaica.
In 2013, the synagogue was transferred to Jewish community and was placed under the responsibility of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
The Foundation has proposed re-opening the museum in the building with a focus on the Jewish community of the town and plans to open the revamped museum in 2016.
It could become part of the Chassidic Route – the project implemented by the Foundation which traces the Jewish communities of southeastern Poland. The project has been joined by 28 communities.
Egypt has banned the Hollywood Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” slamming the movies as a “Zionist film” and criticizing it for a number of historical inaccuracies.
The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, retells the epic Biblical story from the “Book of Exodus” of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
However, Egyptian Cultural Minister Gaber Asfour slammed the film, saying that it was filled with historic inaccuracies, including making the claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids,” AFP reported.
“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.
“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”
The film has also garnered controversy in the U.S. with some who have criticized Scott for taking too many liberties with the Biblical story and also for casting Western actors in Middle Eastern roles.
Morocco has also reportedly banned the film just days before it was slated to premiere, AFP reported.
The film has opened to negative reviews and took in a disappointing $24.5 million during its opening weekend. The film cost around $140 million to make.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son.
She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family.
He was adopted as a godson under a law passed in the 1920s in order to counteract a legend that the seventh son, born after six boys without any girls in between, becomes a werewolf whose bite can turn others into a werewolf.
The belief in the legend was so widespread that families were abandoning, giving up for adoption and even killing their own sons.
The law only applied to the biological children of Catholic families until the enacting of a presidential decree in 2009, which allows children from other religions to qualify.
The boys receive presidential protection, a gold medal and a scholarship for all studies until his 21st birthday.
Shlomo and Nehama Tawil, parents of seven boys, wrote a letter to the president in 1993 asking for the honor and were denied. But this year Yair wrote a letter to the president citing the 2009 decree and asking for the designation of godson.
Shlomo Tawil is the director of the Chabad House in Rosario, located in central Argentina
Yair Tawil on Tuesday became the first Jewish godson of a president in Argentina’s history. Fernandez received Yair, his parents and three of his brothers in her office, where they lit Hanukkah candles together on a menorah from Israel presented to the president by the Tawil family.
The president in her tweets and photos described to her 3.4 million Twitter followers the “magical moment” with a “marvelous family.” She described Yair as “a total sweetie,” and his mother a “Queen Esther.”
She tweeted that the Tawils “are a very special family. They have a sort of peace, happiness and a lot of love that is not common.” The tweet included a link to the presidential blog, which includes more photos from the meeting.