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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Passover’

New Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Train Line to Reach Temple Mount / Western Wall, Just in Time for Moshiach

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The new upcoming high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will also stop at the Western Wall, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Tuesday.

The line will end with a tunnel reaching around the Old City to a terminal close to the Western Wall, he told a meeting with officials from the Transportation and Finance ministries, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

There has also been some discussion about an extension of the current Jerusalem Light Rail north to Neve Yaakov, and south to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Such an extension is intended to relieve crowding at the main station in Jerusalem, making it easier for Israelis and foreigners, locals and tourists, to reach the Western Wall. In addition, once the Third Temple is rebuilt, it will allows Jews around the country to easily and quickly travel to the Jewish people’s holiest site for the holidays.

The Mikdash Movement praised Minister Katz, who is also a Kohen, for the plans for extend the train to the Temple Mount.

Katz also said, “This will allow thousands of workers to commute to Jerusalem, and to arrive in the capital quickly and comfortably.”

The project has been in the works since 2001. Projected to cost an estimated NIS 7 billion ($1.8 billion), it’s expected to reduce travel time on the train line between the two cities from 78 to 28 minutes. The original Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway line was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

The train is expected to be ready for passenger travel by Passover 2018, just in time to bring the Pascal sacrifice.

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Could this be the Third Temple train stop?
Original photo by: Zack Wajsgras/Flash90
Hana Levi Julian

Tim Kaine’s Decision to Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech Could Hurt Hillary

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

When Hillary Clinton’s choice for VP, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, joined the Democrats who avoided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 2015 speech to a joint session of Congress, he announced: “There is no reason to schedule this speech before Israeli voters go to the polls on March 17 and choose their own leadership.” Revealing that he had labored to delay the Netanyahu appearance, Kaine said, “I am disappointed that, as of now, the speech has not been postponed. For this reason, I will not attend the speech.”

Before Kaine made his announcement, only three other senators had planned to boycott the speech: the two anti-Netanyahu Vermont Senators Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy, and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz. All the other Democratic senators were reluctant to commit either way, and told the press they were thinking about it. Even the biggest Democratic opponent of the Iran deal, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, did not forcefully call on his fellow Democrats to show—not willing to upset an already irate President Obama. Most Democratic legislators who said they’d avoid the speech came from blue states and blue districts. But when Kaine, whose state of Virginia until 2008 voted Republican for president, gave permission to Democrats from red states to boycott Netanyahu when he declared he was skipping the speech.

The Forward on Friday wrote that Kaine “Will be the Jewiest Vice President” under Hillary Clinton, describing him as “a friend to the Jewish community for about as long as he’s been in public service.” But when one reads the reasons why Kaine is so “Jewey” according to the Forward, one realizes Kaine would be a bonanza to leftwing Israeli Jews, very much like the folks who are currently in the White House.

Kaine supports a two-state solution, argues the Forward; also, he is a religious Catholic (so he knows all about the auto-da-fé); during his time as the governor of Virginia, Sabra built the world’s largest hummus factory outside Richmond, and hummus is Jewish, isn’t it, ask anyone from Cairo to Ramallah to Damascus; and Kaine hosted several Passover seders and played matchmaker to Conservative Rabbi Jack Moline’s daughter.

So, in considering Kaine’s pros and cons regarding Israel, you have his support for a nuclear deal with Iran, and his support for a Palestinian State, while on the plus side you have lots of hummus.

JNi.Media

Sundays Off, Sort Of

Monday, June 27th, 2016

A compromise was reached in the debate whether Israel should have a longer weekend and a shorter work week by giving Sundays off.

Those in favor see Sundays off as a way of improving the religious-secular divide, where the two main sectors of Israeli society can’t interact on the one real day off Israel has – the Shabbat. They also hope to increase worker productivity by better balancing work and family time, and reducing worker exhaustion.

Those who oppose it, see the loss of productivity and economic benefits that Israel gains from having a weekly jump start on the rest of the global market.

On Friday, many people work half-days, if at all.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a draft that would provide six long weekends a year starting in 2017. The weekend would begin on Thursday evening and end on Monday morning, so it’s more of a long weekend bill than a Sundays off bill.

The number of school days won’t be affected by the law, a major concern by parents who feel there are too many school vacation days as it is.

Two of the long weekends will be during the summer, the remaining four will be deducted during the Pesach and Chanukah holiday season.

That coincides with the periods most people take vacations anyway, because schools are off, and families are forced to synchronize their work vacations around the school schedule.

It is expected that the bill will pass its preliminary reading in the Knesset.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Pesach Sheni

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Pesach is so important, that if someone wasn’t able to go to the Temple and bring a Korban Pesach (Pascal sacrifice) they were given a second chance a month later on the 14th of Iyar. That day was called Pesach Sheni.

The question always arises, who at the time of the Midbar (Desert) was ritually impure and couldn’t join in?

The answer to that is the group of men who were carrying the bones of Joseph for burial in Israel.

Here ares some photos from the Kretshnif Chassidic dynasty who held a Pesach Sheni tish/ceremony, eating Matzah and drinking wine.

Pesach Sheni 2016

Pesach Sheni 2016

Pesach Sheni 2016

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EasyJet Claims ‘Disruptive Passengers’ to Blame for Separation, Removal from Flight

Monday, May 9th, 2016

EasyJet Airlines categorically denied having removed and separated Jewish passengers from the rest of the travelers on board a flight from Barcelona to Paris on May 1, in a statement to media on Monday by Andy Cockburn, the airline’s director of public relations.

“Flight EZY3920 from Barcelona to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 1 May 2016 with 180 passengers on board returned to the gate in Barcelona and was met by police due to a group of passengers behaving in a disruptive manner,” said Cockburn, as quoted by JTA in several Jewish publications.

“All passengers were asked to disembark at the request of the police so they could speak to a small number of passengers in order to investigate the incident…. [EasyJet] does not tolerate abusive or threatening behavior on board,” he added.

JewishPress.com and Cockburn exchanged phone calls numerous times on Monday but each time JP returned the call, Cockburn was unavailable or could not be reached. Messages were left on both sides and emails were exchanged as well, but contact was elusive.

Even if some passengers were “disruptive” it still is not clear why an entire flight was forced to disembark, nor why only the Jewish passengers were required to remain secluded for six hours in a separate section of the terminal under armed police guard, nor why their captors refused to answer their questions.

Cockburn’s contention that the Jewish passengers were separated at the request of the police so they could be questioned under investigation does not make much sense, unless the police were only probing Jews. However, the spokesperson’s final comment that the airline “does not tolerate abusive or threatening behavior on board” seems to imply that Jews were behaving in an abusive or threatening behavior on board prior to takeoff.

Hana Levi Julian

Rejuvenation: The Principle of Alternate Possibilities [audio]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Biblical scholar Jerrold Rapaport joins Eve in a fascinating, far ranging talk on our respective religious obligations. Do we accept our fate or create our destiny? Is all Bible commentary divinely inspired or does context alter opinion? What is the principle of alternate possibilities? How do we know what are our moral responsibilities? Is our covenant with God voluntary and does it lead to loss of free will? And how is all of this reflected in Israel and Jewish life today, and in the West as well?

Yes, all that and more in just one post Passover show. On Rejuvenation with Eve Harow for The Land of Israel Network.

The Land of Israel

And the Cycle Begins Again

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Chareidi Jews harvest wheat with a hand sickle in a field near the central Israeli town of Modi’in.

They will store the wheat for almost a year and then use it to grind flour to make Matzah for next year’s Passover festival.

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Harvest

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