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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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Thousands Mourn Rabbi Lichtenstein

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Approximately 10,000 men and women mourned Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein at eulogies and the funeral for the Torah sage who left Yeshiva University and moved to Israel, where he was a leading national religious rabbi and head of the Hat Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion.

He was 81.

Hundreds of the mourners, many of them former students, flew last night to Israel to attend the funeral.

Rabbi Lichtenstein was buried in Jerusalem after eulogies at the yeshiva he headed in the community of Alon Shvut.

His son Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein told mourners Tuesday of his father:

You were a soldier of Torah who stood at guard duty. You were general of Torah.

You were a scholar and a devoted father. You have established an entire world.

One morning I saw you sitting in a room in conversation on the telephone, and I did not understand why you did not go for morning prayers. When you finished, you told me you were talking with a mother whose son was murdered in a terrorist attack. She did not even know you, and you give her support and guidance.

Another son, Rabbi Yitzchak Lichtenstein, related that his father “did not know what anger was and never engaged in slander.”

Rabbi Lichtenstein was born in France shortly after the Nazi occupation. His family escaped to the U.S. when he was seven years old. He earned a doctorate in literature at Harvard University after learning at Yeshiva University, where he eventually returned to teach and learn under Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, whose daughter he married.

Rabbi Lichtenstein moved to Israel one year after answering the late Rabbi Yehuda Amital’s request to help lead the new Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut, where he lived until his death Monday.

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American-Israeli PR Pioneer Charley Levine Dies at Age 62

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Charley J. Levin, a Texas native who became one of the most widely-known interviewers of American leaders, died Sunday at the age of 62 after a short illness.

His funeral will take place at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

Levine founded the very successful Lone Star Communications and was a media consultant to several prime ministers.

He is survived by his wife Shelly and their three children.

The family home, where shiva will be held, is in the national-religious neighborhood of Mitzpeh Nevo, which Shelly Levine and her real estate agency helped develop.

Levine also is survived by three grandchildren and several grandchildren.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Near eastern Studies and a master’s degree in journalism before moving to Israel in 1978 with his wife Shelly. Levine served as a spokesman for the IDF and as a civilian moved into the field of PR in private life, representing the Ruder Finn agency before launching his own company

Among his interviewees over the years were Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, American Jewish leaders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

He worked actively on behalf of aliyah.

The video below is form a news program on awards Levine’s PR firm won.


Israeli, 37, First Casualty of Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The first person to die in Operation Protective Edge was a civilian, not a soldier, and gave up his life to distribute food to those fighting for others.

The family has asked that his name not be released, even though it was already widely publicized.

The man, a 37-year-old resident of Beit Aryeh, and was handing out food to soldiers at an IDF base near the Erez crossing with Gaza when Hamas terrorists launched a mortar attack.

The man, who has also volunteered for Chabad in his community, was caught in the shelling and didn’t make it to shelter in time. His body was riddled with shrapnel; he was pronounced dead at Barzilai Hospital in nearby Ashkelon.

A second man, age 44, was also wounded in the attack. He too was distributing food at the time but had not yet left the car when the shelling began. Hospital officials told an interviewer on Israeli Army Radio that he suffered shrapnel wounds to the face but was listed in good condition.

More than 100 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza by 9pm on Tuesday alone. At least four exploded in residential areas and 10 others were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

Canadian Israeli Philanthropist David Azrieli, 92

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Far from the flying missiles and mortar shells, Canadian Israeli philanthropist David Azrieli has passed away at the age of 92.

Best known in the Jewish State for the landmark three geometric-looking towers in Tel Aviv that bear his name, Azrieli died in Montreal at his country home.

A man with a lifelong love affair with the Zionist State, Azrieli was a member of the Forbes’ billionaires’ list, with a net worth of $2.9 billion.

But he spent millions on tzedaka – charity – and his family donated $100 million in various funds over the past 23 years alone. The Azrieli family has pledged to match that in the coming five years.

Born in 1922 in Poland, Azrieli was 17 when he fled the Nazis, moving east to join the Polish “Anders” Army in Bukhara. Together with his new host “family” he moved into Iran and then to Baghdad, where two Hagana agents – Moshe Dayan and Enzo Sereni — persuaded him to switch allegiance and move to Palestine.

Azrieli fought in Israel’s War of Independence with the Seventh Brigade, later going on to attend the Technion and then years later the University of Montreal when he moved to Canada in 1954.

He married his wife Stephanie Lefcort there, and the two had four children together; Rafael, Sharon, Naomi and Danna. It was there in Canada that Azrieli also started Canpro, a real estate firm. But 20 years later he was back in Israel to build a new mall in Ramat Gan, following that with more malls throughout the country.

Owner of more than a dozen shopping malls in Israel, the Azrieli Group also owns 20 percent of the Leumi Card firm, as well as 4.8 percent in in Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd. The group also owns the Sonol, Supergas and GES energy and environmental firms.

Last Thursday, his daughter Danna Azrieli succeeded him as chairman of the Group.

Former IDF Chief Rabbi (Maj.-Gen.) Mordechai Piron, 93

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The second man to serve as Israel’s chief military rabbi, has passed away at the age of 93. Former IDF Chief Rabbi Maj.-Gen. Mordechai Piron succeeded Rabbi Shlomo Goren in the position which he created upon the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Born Egon Pisk, an only child to his parents in Vienna, Austria in 1921, Rabbi Piron came with the Youth Aliyah movement to Palestine on October 28, 1938 and joined its agricultural school, Mikveh Yisrael. Eighteen months later he enrolled in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Kook and studied under Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, later settling in Jerusalem after marrying his wife Ahuva Gardi in 1946, and gaining ordination as rabbi in 1952.

Rabbi Piron enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces in 1948 and later served as IDF chief rabbi from 1969 to 1980 with the rank of general. Upon his retirement he relocated to Zurich to serve as rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in Switzerland until 1992.

The rabbi will be laid to rest this afternoon, (Jerusalem Day) at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

Former Head of 92nd Street Y Commits Suicide

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The former executive director of the famed 92nd Street Y died last Friday after hanging himself in his home in Seagate, an oceanfront community in Brooklyn, New York.

Sol Adler, 60, was found shortly before 11 a.m. by his wife Debbie, police told reporters on Saturday.

In 2012, Adler had been fired from his position after an anonymous letter sent to the board of directors accused him of a long-term relationship with his personal assistant.

At the time of his dismissal, after 20 years of leading the Y, Adler’s salary was $430,000 per year. His son-in-law, an ex-convict and a director of facilities at the Y, was also fired under suspicion of taking kickbacks from vendors. A number of other employees also were purged as well “for engaging in and failing to report suspected in appropriate behavior,” according to a letter to staff written by the board at the time.

The 92nd Street Y doubled its programs and brought in more than $80 million during Adler’s tenure as executive director. Police said there was no question of homicide in his death.

Rivka Haut, Women of the Wall Co-Founder and Agunot Advocate, Dies

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Rivka Haut, a foremost advocate for agunot, Orthodox women who have been refused a religious divorce and also a founder of the Women of the Wall founder was buried this week after she succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

At the Women of the Wall prayer service on Tuesday, the worshipers recited Kaddish, the mourner’s prayer, in memory of Haut.

She led a group of women in a prayer service with a Torah scroll at the Western Wall 26 years ago and later helped found Women of the Wall, which continues to hold a monthly morning prayer service at the Kotel.

Haut also was a founder of the Women’s Tefillah Network.

She was the co-author of four books, “Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue,” with Rabbi Susan Grossman; “Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site,” with Phyllis Chesler; “Shaarei Simcha: Gates of Joy,” with Adena Berkowitz; and a forthcoming book about agunot with Susan Aranoff.

Berkowitz in a Facebook post wrote of an encounter she had leaving Haut’s funeral, “I was stopped by an older woman with a sheitel. … With an ache in her voice and soul she said to me, ‘Who will now be there for all the agunot? Rivka is irreplaceable.’”

Haut had master’s degrees in English literature from Brooklyn College and in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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