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Rivlin Tells Bnei Akiva, ‘We Must Not Let This Happen Again’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin expressed deep concern Thursday over an attack on a Bnei Akiva building containing a synagogue in northern Israel after learning about the desecration from an Arutz 7 reporter who called asking for a comment.

Vandals torched a Bnei Akiva synagogue in the northern Israeli city of Nazereth Illit this week, just before the start of the Shavuot holiday that marks the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Siddurim and other holy books were torn apart, burned and desecrated in other ways. Elsewhere in the Bnei Akiva building, Israeli flags were defiled, cabinets were upended, paint was splattered all over the place and flourescent lights were smashed.

Bnei Akiva has long been a source of pride in the community; the religious Zionist movement has maintained a branch in Nazareth Illit for 40 years. Five years ago, a hesder yeshiva for Torah scholars entering army service was added to the program there as well.

According to spokesperson Naomi Toledano, President Reuven Rivlin has expressed his shock over the attack to Bnei Akiva Secretary-General Danny Hirshberg.

Rivlin expressed support for a plan by Bnei Akiva to hold a meeting between the young members of the branch and neighborhood Arabs immediately following the upcoming Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which begins at the close of the Sabbath, on Saturday night.

“Only dialogue will lead to closeness and understanding,” Rivlin said. “We must not let harsh and shocking incidents like this one happen again.”

He praised plans by the branch to hold its traditional all-night Torah study session for the Shavuot holiday despite the attack.

Although it is not yet clear who perpetrated the damage and desecration, there have been numerous incidents of harassment of the Bnei Akiva youths by local Arabs in the past.

New Torah Scroll Gifted to Nevatim Air Force Base

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Israel’s Nevatim Air Force base was the recipient of a beautiful new Torah scroll this month in a Hachasat Sefer Torah ceremony that lit up the entire base.

At least 60 hareidi-religious IDF soldiers now serve at the base in a special Nachal Hareidi battalion.

The Sefer Torah itself was donated by Victor Abayev, a Jewish business owner and senior member of the Caucasus Jewish community in the United States.

Abayev donated the Torah in memory of IDF soldier Almog Shiloni, z’l, who served in Nahal Hareidi. The soldier was stabbed to death in a terror attack at the train station in Tel Aviv last November.

Participating in the festivities were Shiloni’s parents, as well as base commander Brigadier Lihu HaCohen, who also spoke at the event.

Nevatim is one of the largest Air Force bases in Israel, with the greatest number of squadrons. On the base there are advanced, highly strategic radars as well as various transport vehicles and other equipment used for intelligence and other purposes.

Gal-On, Leftists Slam Jerusalem Day Flag Dance Parade in Old City [photo]

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Leftist political leader Zehava Gal-On did her best but failed to prevent Israelis from celebrating Jerusalem Day with the traditional Flag Dance march through the Old City on Sunday – including the Muslim Quarter.

Many tens of thousands of students and Israelis from around the country participate in the colorful and musical march every year, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem. But as a rule, the Left have chosen to never participate in the march or the celebrations.

Writing in frustration on her Facebook page Sunday, the chairwoman of the Meretz political party condemned the annual procession.

She called it a “violent, racist act of provocation against Arab residents” of Jerusalem, joining other leftists who attempted to prevent this year’s parade with a petition and appeal to the High Court last week.

The effort failed, however, with the Court deciding it was not legal to prevent the 30-year-old procession from taking place, but noting there would be “zero room for tolerance for those provoking violence, verbally or physically.”

On Sunday morning, the chief rabbis of Israel led thousands in Jerusalem Day prayers at the Western Wall, attended also by heads of yeshivot and other senior clerics.

“It is outrageous to see far-right elements take over Jerusalem Day and turn it into a day that has entirely become a racist, violent act of provocation against the city’s Arabs,” Gal-On wrote.

“The ‘Flag Parade’ through the Muslim Quarter is an aggressive show of force whose entire purpose is to jab a finger in the eyes of the Palestinians.

“Officials who allow this disgrace do so in order to remind everyone they are lords of this Land and the ease with which they can come in, rampage and go wild.”

Sounds like sour grapes, by someone who hasn’t succeeded in redividing the city.

Photos from Jerusalem Day Parades past:
Jerusalem Day Parade 2012 2

Israelis wave with Israeli flags during a march celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem , May 20 2012. Thousands of Israeli Jewish took part in Jerusalem Day celebrations in the capital, marked the 45nd anniversary of its capture of Arab east Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967. Photo by Noam Moskowitz / FLASH90.

Thousands of Israelis take part in the annual flag parade, celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem.

Thousands of Israelis take part in the annual flag parade, celebrating Jerusalem Day in the streets of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Day Parade (Archive: 2014)

Jerusalem Day Parade (Archive: 2014)

Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in Boston by a federal jury of seven women and five men on Friday.

The verdict was reached after 14 hours of deliberations over how to sentence the 21-year-old terrorist, who was convicted on all 30 charges against him. Seventeen of the charges carried the death penalty.

Tsarnaev, a failed college student, set off a series of bombs in what became the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Al Qaeda attack on America on September 11, 2001, known as “9/11.”

The bombs were built from pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and stuffed into backpacks. The “dirty bombs” were gauged to maximize the number of deaths and severity of wounds inflicted in the crowd at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The terrorist, a radical Islamist, allegedly scribbled a note on the boat where he was captured, saying the attack was in retaliation for Muslims killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to USA Today.

Four people died and hundreds more were wounded in the attack, including many whose injuries have left them permanently traumatized, maimed and disabled to this day.

The case will go to appeal over the issue of venue; in other words, whether in fact it was possible for Tsarnaev to receive a fair trial in Boston, the site of the attack.

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.

LA Parents Sue Reform Groups over Sand Flies in Israel

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Parents of four Los Angeles area students are suing two Reform Jewish groups for not protecting their children from sand flies that afflicted them in a trip to Israel.

The suit states that the Union for Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth “planned, hosted, conducted, led and supervised” the trip and therefore were responsible for the sand fly attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The parents testified to their lawyer that children still suffer from skin ulcers and scars that have not healed since the trip last year.

“The defendants … professed and expressly informed the plaintiffs that they were experts in group tours to and accommodations in Israel,” the suit says.

The parents think that the Reform groups should have warned their dear children, especially since they were supposed to be protecting them in Israel. “Protection” usually  means not wandering into Judea and Samaria, which usually are off-limits even to Orthodox students.

The last thing a yeshiva, seminary or host group wants is a lawsuit over a terrorist attack.

Now they can add sand flies to list of pests in Israel that bother American Jews, who apparently never are bitten by mosquitoes or bees in the United States.

And would the parents also have sued if their children came back to the United States with different opinions and beliefs.

Just imagine how parents might react if their pluralistic offspring returned with an understanding that the Torah really is a living scroll and not an ancient book to be read  like a novel.

How would parents have reacted if their teenagers came back as raving Zionists or maybe even, oy, with a demand to keep kosher?

And even worse, what would have happened if the Reform youth had met new friends from the forbidden land of Judea and Samaria?

The lawsuits would be flying like sand flies.

Oldest Set of 10 Commandments Showing in Israel

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Israel’s national museum has opened a rare exhibit that includes the world’s oldest copy of the Ten Commandments.

The exhibit presents objects from “pivotal moments in civilization.” Among the items is a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll in which is inscribed a complete copy of the Ten Commandments.

This particular manuscript has never before been shown in Israel, and was only displayed briefly abroad.

The Dead Sea Scrolls comprise a collection of ancient Biblical manuscripts – some in fragments – discovered in a cave along the northern shores of the Dead Sea.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/oldest-set-of-10-commandments-showing-in-israel/2015/05/05/

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