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October 14, 2015 / 1 Heshvan, 5776
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Chief Rabbis Urges Jews to Go to Western Wall and Pray for Peace

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef has called on Jews to arrive en masse at the Western Wall on Hoshanah Raba and Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah to pray show their strength and faith in the face of terror.

Rabbi Yosef’s message was in response to the murder of two Jews and wounding of two others in the Old City Saturday night by a Palestinian Authority terrorist.

He asked Jews “to perform the commandment of the holiday and to pray for the peace of the wounded.” and added:

The situation in which the blood of Jews is spilled like water in the land of Israel, day after day, when their only sin is their being Jews, is unbearable.

We can’t allow a situation in which Jews are afraid to go to the Western Wall,” continued Rabbi Yosef.

The rabbi called on “all the sources involved in the matter to bring about a situation in which Jews will feel secure in all parts of the land of Israel.”

The prayer rally at the Kotel parallels mass protests elsewhere in Israel, including opposite the official residence of the Prime Minister in Jerusalem.

The Birkat HaCohanim Selfie

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

On Wednesday morning, there was a mass Birkat HaCohanim (Priestly Blessing) during the morning prayers, where the Cohanim (priestly caste) blessed the people.

I’ve never seen so many selfies and photos in the middle of Birkat HaCohanim!

Hahkel – 5776

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Today, the Jewish people had the opportunity to perform a relatively rare commandment called Hahkel.

Devarim 31:10-13

10: And Moses commanded them, saying: ‘At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

11: when all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

12: Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law;

13: and that their children, who have not known, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.’

Today the Hahkel ceremony, as described above was performed at the Kotel, as Israeli President Ruby Rivlin spoke and got called up to the Torah, and the various Chief Rabbis read.

The Kotel plaza was packed from the Wailing Wall to all the way up the stairs in the surrounding buildings.

It was amazing.

Here is the video of President Rivlin at the Torah.

NJ Elderly Build Own Western Walls Complete with Notes Tucked between ‘Stones’

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

(JNi.media) The residents of the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and Jewish Home at Rockleigh, both glatt kosher facilities in Bergen County, NJ, have erected models of the Western Wall ahead of their mission to Israel.

“Our residents at the Jewish Home Assisted Living and Jewish Home at Rockleigh have erected models of Jerusalem’s Western Wall ahead of the Jewish Home Family Mission to Israel,” announced The Jewish Home Family Facebook Page. “Community members and Day Schools will be visiting and tucking their notes and prayers between the cracks of our replicas, which will then be taken by our residents to Israel and placed in the ancient stones in Jerusalem. So exciting!”

The 10-day journey to Israel is scheduled to take off on October 18. Residents and staff will visit Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, Tel Aviv, the Galilee, and the Golan Heights. There will also be—maybe, depending on the security situation—a visit to Bethlehem, for the Christians in the group.

“In anticipation of the upcoming mission to Israel, residents have been collecting shoeboxes to construct models of Jerusalem’s Western Wall,” noted their Facebook Page, adding that “schools and community members will be invited to visit and put notes in our ‘Kotel’ that will then be brought to the actual wall by mission participants.”

Jewish Home Assisted Living Western Wall model / Photo credit: Jewish Home Assisted Living Facebook page

Jewish Home Assisted Living Western Wall model / Photo credit: Jewish Home Assisted Living Facebook page

Women Praying at the Kotel

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

‘Catch-22″ Comes to the Temple Mount

Friday, September 4th, 2015

“Catch-22″ has come to the Temple Mount.

To be more exact, it has come miles away from the holy site.

A rally for a law “restoring all Jewish rights on the Temple Mount including prayer” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The logical place for the rally would be on the Temple Mount, but since the police don’t even let large groups of Jews to ascend to the holy site, a demonstration there is impossible, unless it is one of Muslims protesting the presence of Jews. Instead, the rally will be held at the western entrance to Jerusalem, at the “Chords Bridge.”

The advantage of staging the rally at the bridge is that will be seen by thousands of people leaving and entering the capital.

Hotovely Says Foreign Dignitaries Must Visit Western Wall

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Israel finally has an honest religious Zionist as acting Foreign Minister.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has changed protocol for foreign dignities who now will be asked to visit the Western Wall (Kotel) as well as Yad VaShem and Mt Herzl Cemetery.

The new protocol is at least the second major change she has introduced into the Foreign Ministry since her appointment by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

When she took office, she met with Foreign Ministry officials and gave them a short sermon on Torah – “Dvar Torah” in Hebrew – and instructed them to made the Jewish People’s Biblical right to Israel as part of  the “Hasbara” public relations program.

Now she wants foreign dignities to understand that official visits to Jerusalem sites should not be limited to the sadness identified with the military cemetery and the Holocaust Memorial.

Hotovely told the new head of the “Ceremonies Branch”” of the ministry to include the Kotel as part of the itinerary for foreign dignitaries, Yediot Acharonot reported.

She explained:

In my eyes, the fact that the Kotel will become part of official visits of foreign dignitaries in Israel is a meaningful statement that strengthens the position of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This visit will take dignitaries from the ethos and sentiment of Yad VaShem, which deals with the catastrophe of the Holocaust, to the positive character of the Kotel that speaks of deep roots of the city.

This will change the view of visits from 100 years of Zionism to 3,000 years of Zionism.

Hotovely she has taken into account that there will be some dignities who will refuse to visit the Western Wall because they consider it part of “disputed territories,” depending on the visitor’s political agenda.

Barack Obama anxiously visited the Kotel when he was campaigning for president in 2008. In his last visit to Israel, he refused to come near to the holy site and instead opted for Tel Aviv.

“If there are those who refuse to visit, we will try to convince them to do so, but the change is that until now, visiting the Kotel was not even a priority in the Foreign Ministry.

She added that she will not object if dignities condition their visits to the Western Wall on their being able to go to the Temple Mount, presumably to visit mosques and not to utter forbidden non-Muslim prayers, or to the Holy Church of the Sepulchre.

The first foreign dignitary to come under the new protocol will be Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who will be met at Ben Gurion Airport next week by Hotovely. She will escort him to the Kotel.

Hotovely’s innovations – a Dvar Torah and now visits to the Kotel – are brilliant if not simple moves that should have been part of policy from Day One of the modern State of Israel.

The beauty in the changes is that leftist and pluralistic politicians and media cannot easily oppose them.

They may not like including a bit of Torah in Israel’s explanations to the international community, but how can they be against it without saying that the Torah should not an official part of Israel?

They may not like her including the Western Wall as a part of the protocol for vesting dignities, but as Hotovely said, the Western Wall is part of the Israeli consensus.

Hotovely’s real innovation is that her observance of Judaism is above politics, exactly what has been lacking in Israeli governments.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hotovely-says-foreign-dignitaries-must-visit-western-wall/2015/07/16/

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