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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

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Eulogies by Shimon Peres’ Three Children

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Eulogy by Yoni Peres

So much has already been said and written about this giant of a man – Shimon Peres, statesman, intellectual and visionary. Words cannot adequately describe what he did for the State of Israel, the Jewish people and humanity.

However, today I would like to bid farewell to my father.

I was born and raised in a reality quite different from today.

Israel was a tiny, young country faced with formidable challenges.

That is why father decided to dedicate his life to the country and its people. My sister, my brother and I were raised with great devotion by our beloved mother, Sonia, of blessed memory.

As a child, I was privileged to observe and listen in amazement to his conversations with writers, poets, artists and intellectuals. Despite the many hurdles and difficulties along the way, he persevered and achieved great things.

Father considered himself shy, even though he was always under the spotlight. I must have inherited that trait from him. We had a deep and special bond. Despite his many absences, he always took a loving interest in us, even from great distances. He helped me through hard times, and I tried to be at his side too in difficult times, to help him even though he had enormous reserves of inner strength.

My father was very sensitive and caring towards all people. He wasn’t ruled by his ego, he treated everyone as an equal and was always attentive, interested and supportive.

He loved his family dearly, and with all the new members that joined us.

In recent years, he basked in the love of millions in Israel and the world. What a sight it was to see.

When asked what he would like to have inscribed on his tombstone after death, he said, without hesitation, “He was too young to die.” Indeed, my dear father, this is how I feel – you left us prematurely. There is so much more you could have done.

I bid you farewell with love and longing. May you rest in peace.

 

Eulogy by Prof. Tzvika Walden

My father had a long and good life.

Today, I bid farewell to two people:

Peres – Shimon, his Excellency, that is Mr. President.

And I say goodbye to the man my mother called Buzhik, and I called father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

The first was Peres of the state, of the people, the citizen of the world. Others will eulogize that Peres. I will share a few private moments.

The world will remember the determined Peres who never stopped, who kept running despite the obstacles, and despite the falls along the way. I will remember him during this past year at Friday-night dinners at our home, when he was the first to rise for Kiddush, holding the booklet with the Shabbat songs printed in tiny letters, trying to make out the words of the songs through his thick lenses, never skipping a word, singing at the top of his lungs.

He was described as a great negotiator, as someone who always found a way to get what he wanted. To me he was a young man who used his creative skills to get us to eat. Who cut sandwiches into triangles and diamonds. Try this. It’s a Burmese sandwich. My father pulled out all the creative stops, and used every trick of the trade to tempt us to open our mouths and eat and grow.

In the eyes of the public he will be remembered as one who dined with kings.

I remember him at the table of a French restaurant, when he whispered in my ear, it’s tastes good, but nothing compares to your mother’s salad. To him, Israel’s cucumbers and tomatoes were the finest of delicacies.

There were those who considered him an adventurer, someone who rushed to adopt every innovation.

But when I got married and decided to take the name Valden, it took him almost a year to come to terms with the idea. Whenever I came home, he would announce: Sonia, look who’s here, Mrs. Valden,” as pleased as punch.

He will be remembered as an elegant, well-dressed man, always well groomed, who would take a small comb from his pocket to smooth his hair. At home when we were arranging books on the shelves, and he was dressed only in khaki shorts and an undershirt, a knock was heard at the door. It’s okay, I said, it’s Rafi, but he being the complete gentleman that he was, hurried to the bedroom to put on a shirt.

Much has been said about his forbearance and infinite patience. He measured long and short on a timeline of two thousand years of history when weighing the state of the nation, but in nanoseconds when waiting for a text to be printed. He was ready with his new corrections even before the ink was dry. A day after lending me a book, he was astonished to learn that I had not yet finished reading it.

My father had a long and good life.

And all those years he was a man in love:

In love with Sonia – We were just about to dedicate Sonia House – a wellness center for the children of the Ben Shemen Youth Village, where they first met and fell in love.

Mother believed that every injustice in the world could be corrected  and was always there to listen, support and help.

Father admired this trait in her.

My father had a long and good life.

And all those years he was a man in love:

In love with his family, with the people of Israel, with the State of Israel,

A man who loved life in the present and was in love with the promise of the future.

My father, you were a lover of life, who sprung like a lion at daybreak to fulfill his mission.

For so long, I tried to catch up with you.

But now, heed my loving words, you have earned a well-deserved rest.

 

Eulogy by Chemi Peres

Farewell words to my dear father

We believe our father would have wanted us to say a few words in English to all of you who traveled from across the world to join us at this devastating moment, as we say goodbye and pay tribute to a special man who we all loved dearly.

He would have wanted us to thank you all for your friendship to him and to our people.

We believe that if he could he would have used this opportunity to remind us all that the role of leaders today is to serve their people and that there is no greater responsibility and no greater privilege than that.

He saw in all of you leaders, friends and partners in his quest for peace. We will treasure his memory and honor his legacy. And on a personal note let we switch to Hebrew

My dear beloved Father,

Today I am accompanying you on your last journey, to your eternal rest, in the National Cemetery on Mount Herzl, named for the visionary of the State.

In one of your many books, you accompanied Herzl on a wonderful imaginary journey to a new land. You were privileged to be one of Israel’s founding fathers. As indeed you were, your entire life. A visionary, a pioneer, a doer, who made his dreams come true.

You kept your promise to your beloved grandfather, when you bid him farewell on your first stop on the way to the Land of Israel.

You never forgot what it means to a Jew. And I promise you that neither will I. No one can continue to pave your path instead of you, but many follow in your footsteps, each according to their own way and conviction. And I am one of them, as best I can.

I had the great privilege to be one of your three children, and the father of three of your grandchildren: Nadav, Guy and Yael. We are the children and grandchildren of your and the love of your life, our dear beloved mother, Sonia.

Your parting words to her when she left us are engraved on our hearts: “I fell in love with you on the first day we met, I’ll love you till my last day on earth.” Your love was the first and greatest gift you gave me, my wife Gila and our three children. I have carried the love you both instilled in me from the day I was born, as will my wife and children, forever.

In the last ten years of your life, as President of the State of Israel and President of the Peres Center for Peace, our family grew closer than ever. Our oldest son Nadav made sure that we made the most of every minute with you. He patiently taught you that the news can be recorded, so that we could spend more time together. We were so happy that you got to know and love his girlfriend Noam, who is from Ben Shemen, with whom you shared your love of books and your curiosity about the study of the brain.

You took special interest in Guy’s studies. He so resembles you in appearance and in his kind heart. So often, we saw the two of you deep in conversation about interests that only you two shared.

You beamed with joy when you gazed at our youngest daughter Yael, whom you lovingly called Yali. You loved to sing to her and took a passionate interest in her plans for the future.

I cherished the special relationship forged with Gila, who loved and cared for you so. We loved our Friday night meals, the weekends and holidays we spent together in our house overlooking Lake Kinneret, home to poets Rachel and Naomi Shemer, so close to Kibbutz Alumot, which you helped to found.

We will remember you wherever we go and in whatever we do. We will remember you in words, and in books. We will remember you in poems and songs. And in the pathways of the country that you helped build, and in the magnificent undertakings you established.

Whenever we see your friends and loved ones, we will see your face reflected, as in the many people in Israel and the world for whom you were a leader, mentor and inspiration. You were a role model, a loyal son to your people and your country, and you strove with unparalleled determination for security and peace.

You never spared your energy, and it never waned. You made the most of every moment in your life, up to very the end. We will remember you as one whose greatness stemmed from a deep passion to serve a great cause, and not out of a desire for power. You leave behind a monumental and lasting legacy. I will never forget what I learned from you. The older I grew, the closer we became. And the closer I got, the more I saw your greatness. You were a giant.

In the last ten years of your life you were surrounded by boundless love, like never before. If only you could now see for a fleeting moment the pure love for you here, at this your last stop. How moved you would be, and thankful to all those who came from near and far. You always preferred the possibilities offered by the imagination to clinging to memories of the past. The legacy you leave to us is the world of tomorrow.

I told you that I loved you. But I never knew how much. Only the pain of loss and sorrow of separation that surround us all here together have helped me understand.

Farewell my teacher and mentor. Farewell beloved father and grandfather. We will travel the path of light you left us.

Jewish Press Staff

Herzl Shaul, z’l, Father of IDF Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, z’l, Laid to Rest

Monday, September 5th, 2016

The father of IDF Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, Herzl Shaul, was laid to rest on Sunday in the cemetery of the northern Israeli community of Poria Illit, overlooking Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee.)

Attending the funeral were top Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and others.

Both Netanyahu and Eisenkot vowed to work to bring back Oron Shaul’s remains for proper burial in Israel. “My commitment [and] those of the government of Israel, of the IDF, of the State of Israel — our commitment is to bring Oron home,” Netanyahu said.

“Oron’s body, along with that of Hadar Goldin, is held by Hamas, a vicious terrorist organization that respects no humanitarian norm. Herzl Shaul was a brave man and until his last days he fought to return his son’s remains for a Jewish burial,” Netanyahu had told the cabinet meeting earlier in the day.

“At the same time, over the past year, he was compelled to fight the cancer with which he had been stricken. I saw him several times and on each occasion, from meeting to meeting, he appeared more gaunt, and heroically met the double tragedy that befell him and his family. On behalf of the Government and the people of Israel, I would like to send condolences to his dear wife Zehava and their sons Aviram and Ofek.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also said the government is “committed to returning the bodies of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul and Lieutenant Hadar Goldin of blessed memory, and bringing them to Israel for burial.”

Oron and a second soldier, Hadar Goldin, both died in battle during Operation Protective Edge, but their bodies were stolen and held as bargaining chips by the Hamas terrorist organization. The prime minister said he guaranteed the IDF would continue to support the Shaul family and “fulfill the will of Herzl.”

“We will continue to act in all fields to bring the late Hadar Goldin and the late Oron Shaul back for a Jewish burial,” Netanyahu said.

Hana Levi Julian

Barnacled Bombs Discovered Along Lake Kinneret

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Five unexploded mortar shells left over from a past war were found Monday on a beach along Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, near Kibbutz Ma’agen.

Police officers and sappers from the Israel Police bomb squad were dispatched to the site.

Searching along the beaches of Lake Kinneret for unexploded ordnance.

Searching along the beaches of Lake Kinneret for unexploded ordnance.

Security personnel immediately closed off the area and began a search to determine whether any other unexploded ordnance remained in the area.

At least four other shells were found.

Israel Police and IDF military personnel worked together to defuse the unexploded shells.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Provisions Causing Rift among Syrian Rebels

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Shipments of food supplies from Israel, bearing the names of well known Israeli brands, have been the source of much strife in Arab media and Arab social networks, most likely because this is the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day and think about food more often than usual. The provisions, including packaged rice and wheat, reach the Al-Quneitra district, which is dominated by the Syrian opposition. But while some rebel groups welcome the Israeli support, other groups, some of which are affiliated with President Assad’s regime, have attacked the initiative, saying that “it’s an insult to receive food from the Zionist entity which is oppressing the Golan.”

The Golan Heights, a hilly stretch overlooking lake Kinneret and Israel’s civilian communities, used to be the spots from which Syrian soldiers would target Israelis down below like fish in a barrel for 19 years, until Israel put an end to the madness by capturing the hills and denying the Syrians their target practice.

Pictures of the Israeli food products have reached the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which cited a source on the ground in southern Syria that claimed Israel has been supporting the rebel groups there since 2013, after Jordan had closed off its Syrian border. Obviously, the groups who don’t get to share in the Israeli made rice, wheat, tea and Canola oil describe the haves as traitors and Zionist collaborators.

Israeli food products in Syria

Israeli food products in Syria

Revolutionary Military Council in Quneitra and the Golan last week issued a strong condemnation that went: “We condemn the insult our people have sustained in the liberated Al-Quneitra district in the form of food supplies awarded by the Zionist entity which is repressing the Golan which was sold out by the regime.” The RMCQ was particularly upset because the revelation of the Zionist food supplies came close to the part of the year when the anniversaries of the 1948 and the 1967 wars take place, in May and June respectively.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi cited a local activist who said the food is being hauled into Syria by members of the Free Syrian Army, after they deliver their wounded to hospitals south of the border, in Israel. It appears there are many Syrians who are delighted and grateful that Israel has been so supportive. Fahd Al-Mousa, head of the liberated Quneitra district council told the newspaper that only Israel has been a reliable ally for his people.

“Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution we haven’t found a way to bring the injured and hurt into any Arab country,” Al-Mousa stated, adding that only Israel has opened its gates to them. “And there are packages of medicine, milk for babies and additional foodstuffs that enter the district from Israel,” he said. Compared with Israel’s consistent support, he said, help from the gulf emirates had been sporadic.

Motti Kahane, president of the humanitarian organization Amalia, told Ynet that in southern Syria there may be more than 50 different rebel groups, each of which runs its own fundraising and receives its own supplies from five different countries. Amalia would like to serve as a go between for all the donated goods and food that come in, and to dispense them fairly and equally through the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, which is normally closed.

JNi.Media

Water Level Rising in Lake Kinneret

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The water level in Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose again last night by three centimeters (a bit over one inch) after heavy rain Tuesday.

Israel’s Water Authority reported the lake now stands at 212.85 meters below sea level.

The level is four meters below the lake’s optimal capacity.

Lake Kinneret is the main source of drinking water for the population in the State of Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Water Level Starts to Rise in Lake Kinneret

Monday, November 9th, 2015

For the first time this season, the water level in Lake Kinneret has started to rise.

The level of the lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, rose by one centimeter to reach a level of 212.965 meters below sea level. The rise came as a direct result of the downpours that drenched various parts of the country over the past several days.

The southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon was flooded on Monday morning in fact, with its streets transformed into little rivers and drivers left to navigate vehicles that were turned into boats.

More than an inch of rain dropped on to the city within the space of a few minutes; navy police were called to help rescue crews in the port city. The water flooded parts of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center as well, reaching the Emergency Room.

The Kinneret, which is the lowest freshwater lake on the planet, is one of the most important sources of water for the State of Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Fighters in Syria May Be Felled By Lesions (Not Legions)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

To everything in its season, and so the tide has turned once more in the Middle East. What bombing could not end, God’s Mighty Hand may accomplish with a tiny fly.

Fighters for Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization, are now being attacked by a terrible skin disease called Leishmaniasis.

Two types of the disease have been identified in the region: Leishmaniasis major, and Leishmaniasis tropica. Both are carried and transmitted by parasites hosted on sand flies in the environment.

Although an article by Hadassah Medical Center says the disease cannot be transferred from person to person, researchers found in a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2003 that such transmission may indeed be possible, since parasites can jump.

An outbreak of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) in the Galilee region of northern Israel in 2003 was discussed in the article which noted 33 cases in four villages and in the city of Tiberias were diagnosed between 1996 and 2003. The disease, which spread through parasites and sand flies, had mutated from its predecessor, Leishmania major and other tropical diseases.

CL due to Leishmania major as opposed to MCL and VL (two other forms) was defined as being zoonotic and much more difficult to treat. The cutaneous lesions were said to last much longer and the disease was described as life-threatening if it progressed to visceral leishmaniasis (VL). The study found that rock hyraxes found in northern Israel around Lake Kinneret were the most probable reservoir hosts for the parasites that carry the disease.

If that is true, then so too is it likely that ISIS fighters are facing a difficult time because it was mentioned that the parasites also jump from person to person, as well from the living animals around them.

More to the point, the disease is caused by poor hygiene and bad living conditions; it has affected at least 100,000 people in Syria, according to the latest reports. It can result in open flesh wounds, ulcers, an enlarged spleen and liver, anemia and ultimately lead to death.

Although it’s pretty easy to treat, there are very few medics and trained medical professionals left in Syria and ISIS-controlled Iraq who know how to manage it.

Volunteers with the Doctors Without Borders organization of course know how to handle it – but since ISIS is deeply dedicated to kidnapping, torturing and murdering those helping hands, it’s not likely they are going to see any help from them. Ditto for Syrian government troops for the same reason.

Ironically, a new project was launched last year by the Israeli Pharmaseed research company to track down a treatment for this disease.

Four partners were recruited for the project. Two of the four — the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centers – identified 70 plant extracts that may be relevant for fighting the parasite.

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, meanwhile, will test the efficacy of the extracts on leishmaniasis samples.

Pharmaseed is coordinating the project and is responsible for safety tests, and for assessing the potential efficacy of the extracts being tested.

Jordan University of Science and Technology Prof. Nabil Hailat will carry out advanced live and clinical trials (on humans) in Jordan, which should yield the test results.

Rachel Levy

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