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Posts Tagged ‘Lag B’Omer’

Knesset Committee Convenes to Prepare for Lag B’Omer Mt. Meron Fire Festival

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Knesset Public Petitions Committee headed by MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) convened Wednesday to evaluate preparations for the big pilgrimage to Mt. Meron next week. At a March committee meeting on the same topic, concerns were raised about the lack of cooperation among the organizers, and the lack of funds, lights, roads, parking places, and benches, to name but a few problems. Last night the committee convened again to receive answers and summarize the preparations for Lag B’Omer in Meron. The CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the CEO of the National Center for the development of holy places, police officials, representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Hatzalah volunteers attended.

Committee chairman Eichler opened the meeting, saying, “This year the hearings were extremely optimistic. Unlike previous years, when everyone complained and threw the responsibility on the shoulders of others, this year we received written responses and constant updates of the performance in the field. Concerns were raised at the previous hearing. This time there is a feeling of freshness and acceptance of responsibility and cooperation that the preparations have been better organized, and I hope not to be proven wrong.”

Oded Plus, CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs said, “In past years the holy places center could not start work because they had debts of millions of shekels. We made sure to cover all the debts from previous years. A team led by myself and involving all the relevant factors formulated a budget of 25 million shekel ($6.46 million). I’ve been told that at this stage of the game preparations have never been up to where they are today.”

“We put up light poles on Route 89 and Route 866 and many more roads that were not properly lighted. We expanded the parking lots significantly,” Plus continued. “We added benches, drinking facilities and rescue centers in all the parking lots. All the tasks were carried out and we were on schedule. I’m optimistic. But we have to be careful. Certainly there may be problems. We have tried to anticipate them and prevent them. We have learned a lot of lessons from the previous years.”

Rabbi Yosef Schwinger, CEO of the National Center for the development of the holy places said, “This is the first year that we had a set budget two months before the event. In the past, we emphasized the people as a whole, this year we put an emphasis on the individual and the family. There will be dozens of drinking stations manned by multilingual stewards, dozens of shaded areas, hundreds of toilets connected to a sewer, and water infrastructure. We have established a special area for women to drink and rest. There are 12 diaper changing and nursing rooms with attendants on hand to help. We went down to the details in terms of individual treatment.”

Senior director of public transportation at the Transportation Ministry Dror Ganon reported that starting next Wednesday afternoon, May 18, busses would start to run from 14 destinations across the country, including two new subsidized destinations in Beitar Illit and Modiin Illit. He added, “Last year we finished the event with 7,000 trips and upwards of 300 thousand passengers. This year we expect an increase of 15 percent. We almost reached the maximum capacity of buses in Israel! 80% of the people use public transportation to get to Meron. We take almost 1,500 buses from private companies. There will also be a lot of stations leaving  the major cities, in Jerusalem itself there will be 7 stations. There are nearly 250 officials routing transport for the event.”

Officer Yossi Chemo, commander of police operations in the north, said, “We plan on deploying 5,000 police officers throughout the week in Meron. There will be 12 ambulances of Ezer M’Zion and another four of Lev Malka. There will also be volunteers of United Hatzalah and MDA. We ask the public to help them in their work and to obey their instructions.”

David Israel

Police Arrest Groom for Allegedly Praying on Temple Mount

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Jerusalem police Sunday morning arrested a young man who ascended the Temple Mount allegedly prayed there before his wedding at night.

The Honenu legal defense organization said one of its lawyers is at the police station and trying to win the release of the man.

The Israeli government accepted the Muslim Waqf authority on the Temple Mount. The Waqf forbids Jews and Christians from carrying any religious items to the holy site, and it goes berserk when one of its guards sees a Jew even moving his lips and possibly uttering a prayer to God.

It is not known exactly what the groom allegedly said.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibits Jews from ascending the Temple Mount on the basis of Halachic rulings, but many rabbis in recent years have permitted and even encouraged going to certain areas after the traditional immersion in a ritual bath.

Last week, a groom identified as Michael Basus visited the holy site before his wedding and stopped long enough to speak at the Grooms and Mourners Gate to talk about Judaism.

The Talmud relates a discussion of how Jews in the time of the Holy Temples comforted mourners and praise the grooms.

Below is the video, in Hebrew, of Basus and his friends on the way to the Temple Mount, under police guard.

Jewish Press Staff

Preparing for Lag B’Omer

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Chareidi children build a big bonfire for tonight’s upcoming celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, in Jerusalem.

Lag B’Pmer commemorates the Yartzheit, the passing of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), one of the most important Talmudic sages in Jewish history 1800 years ago. He called for a day of celebration on the day of his passing.

The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires throughout Israel.

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Lag B’Omer in Meron, Israeli Arabs Finding Their Identity, French Jews on Their Way Out

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Yishai and Malkah kick off with Yishai talking about his experience in Meron during Lag B’Omer and the video that was produced there Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OhCe9lLL34. They move on to talk about how the acceptance of Israel among Israeli Arabs has increased significantly and how many are accepting their identity as Israeli Arabs rather than previous labels. They end talking about how French Jews are making Aliyah in large numbers because they feel that their Judaism will not be preserved in France.

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Moshe Herman

Bonfire of the Vanities

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Whenever Lag B’Omer falls out on Saturday night, there’s confusion as to when to light the bonfires.

Is it pushed off a day, or not? Lately, it seems to be turning into a two-day holiday.

Fast fact: There’s no school on Monday.

In the town of Rechasim, up north between Haifa and Shfaram, they’ve built the largest bonfire in Israel, from 1000 wood pallets.

Fire and Emergency services will be on hand in case the bonfire gets out of control.

Question: How are they going to cook marshmallows with that thing?

Jewish Press Staff

On the Air in the Air with Chassidim on the Way to Meron

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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Yishai kicks off this segment talking to Chaim Messer, an Oleh on the way to Israel with his family who was partially inspired by a shirt given to him by Yishai years earlier. The flight was packed with Hassidic Jews making the pilgrimage to Meron (the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai) and following his talk with Messer, Yishai gets into the crowd to hear about this spiritual high and their hopes for blessings from Rabbi Shimon.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Moshe Herman

Lag B’Omer Fires in UN Compound

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Nine cars caught fire in the UN compound in Jerusalem, according to a report in Times of Israel.

In the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, firefighting crews battled the fire inside the UN compound that burned up between four to nine cars.

The fire department believes the fires were started by sparks from bonfires in a nearby field.

Firefighters have been battling Lag B’Omer fires all over the country since yesterday.

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