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Posts Tagged ‘Rishon Lezion’

Public Pre-Yom Kippur ‘Kapparot’ Ceremonies Banned in 3 Israeli Cities

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The annual ritual of kapparot has been banned this year – at least in public places – in the cities of Petah Tikva, Rishon Lezion and in Tel Aviv.

The practice involves a pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung gently over the head of the individual who recites a prayer of penitence, in which he offers the chicken in exchange for himself as expiation for his sins.

A hen is used for a woman or girl, a rooster for a man or boy. For a pregnant woman, both.

The chicken, which is purchased alive, is then donated to a charity organization which then ritually slaughters the bird in accordance with the kosher laws of the Torah, and distributes the meat to needy Jewish families.

“We will not allow slaughter or any other harm to befall animals in order to fulfill the kapparot ritual in open places or in the public arena,” the Tel Aviv municipality announced in a statement last week.

“As a city that champions animal rights, the municipality sees itself as obligated to prevent any harm to animals and to maintain their rights, for the same reason it has prohibited the use of animals in circuses.”

In Petah Tikva the municipality warned that performance of the kapparot ritual, even without slaughtering the chicken afterwards – as is customary in many places – requires the approval of the city’s veterinary service.

The issue of religious practice versus “animal rights” has long been a bitter dispute in the United States and Europe, but has gradually become an issue in Israel as well.

In some cases abroad, animal rights organizations use the opportunity to file full-blown lawsuits against Jewish groups who sponsor the annual religious ritual, which groups also use as a fundraiser to help create the annual fund from which they assist needy families.

Hana Levi Julian

Israelis Not Happy Over Pharrell Williams’ Notice

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

If you live in Israel and are a fan of Pharrell Williams — the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who is known best for his music video “Happy” — you won’t be happy to read the following news.

For reasons unknown, Williams has cancelled his much-anticipated July 21 concert set to be held in Rishon Lezion this summer.

Promoters told media that “unexpected scheduling conflicts” were behind the sudden cancellation and apologized to ‘Happy’ fans, saying the star hoped to reschedule.

There was no mention of pressure on Williams by supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement that backs the Palestinian Authority against Israel.

Full refunds to ticket holders are set to begin on Sunday, July 17.

Hana Levi Julian

Israelis to Get ‘Happy’ at Pharrell Williams Concert in Rishon Lezion

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Israelis are preparing to get “happy” this summer when Grammy Award-winning American vocalist Pharrell Williams arrives in the Holy Land.

Pharrell is scheduled to appear on July 21 at Live Park in Rishon Lezion.

His monster hit “Happy” is probably the most successful and well-known of his tunes, but Pharrell is a multi-talented musician.

Numerous ‘Happy’ videos were made in Israel when his hit came out.

He has scored many international number one hits as a solo performer. He’s also written top hits for other performers as well, including Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West and the Rolling Stones, among others.

Pharrell has won 11 Grammy Awards for his work as a performer and producer. He’s currently a judge on the American hit talent show, The Voice.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Tourists Die in Car Accident in Switzerland

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

An Israeli mother and daughter from Rishon LeZion have died in a car accident in southeastern Switzerland. The two Israelis died after crossing the Italian-Swiss border, while traveling from Milan.

Israel’s Foreign Minister said Wednesday the families were notified overnight.

The bodies of the mother, in her 50s and the daughter, in her 20s, have both been identified.

The Israeli embassy in Switzerland is making arrangements to transport the two citizens back home to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Rishon Lezion Stabber is Hebron Arab Terrorist

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Police have identified the Arab terrorist who stabbed three people in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion on Monday afternoon.

Imad al-Tarde, 19, an Arab resident of Hebron, was detained after “a stabbing spree on the streets of Rishon Lezion,” according to IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner.

At least two of the three victims – an elderly woman and a middle-aged man — were seriously injured in the attack.

Police prevented Israeli citizens from beating and kicking the attacker, whisking him away from the scene after he was detained. Al-Tarde was transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Rishon Lezion is located south of Tel Aviv.

Hana Levi Julian

Sleepless in Rishon Lezion, IDF Attacks in Gaza Continue

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

On the eve of the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, residents in the central Israeli coastal city of Rishon Lezion spent a sleepless night Monday, awakened suddenly at three in the morning by the wail of a Code Red rocket alert siren.

It had been a really tough day, with the loss of ten Israeli soldiers in Gaza operations, and the country was bone-tired. Israelis were tired.

Even though many homes are equipped with a ‘safe room’, it still required an effort to drag one’s self out of bed, and to rouse the children – or carry them sleeping – into the shelter, to safety, in 90 seconds or less.

Both of the M75 missiles fired from Gaza exploded on the outskirts of the city. Having presented no immediate threat to the population, neither was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. As a result, much of the city heard the resulting ‘booms!’

The third missile attack, aimed at Ashdod, was in fact aimed directly at the port city’s residential neighborhoods. That one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, and shrapnel from the resulting explosion high above the city fell from skies a few seconds later.

Since nearly everyone was in bed or in their shelters at that hour, the risk of curious Israelis racing to examine or even take pieces of the shrapnel as a souvenir of the war, was thankfully minimized.

Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces redoubled their attacks in Gaza overnight and into Tuesday morning, focusing heavy artillery fire and air strikes on the northern part of the region.

But reports by the IDF that 150 targets in Gaza were attacked over the past 24 hours are being challenged by retired IDF officials and analysts questioning their value. IAF fighter pilots bombed the home of Hamas Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, but it was empty at the time, with Haniyeh and his family safely tucked away elsewhere, far from the battle zone.

Retired National Security Council chief Maj.-Gen. (Res) Giora Eiland warned the Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharonot on Tuesday the IDF needs to advance deeper into Gaza. “It is not going to be possible to reach a true cease fire within the coming days,” he said. “It is unwise to remain only in the areas we are in at the moment; in order to get significant achievements we need to go deeper in our operations,” he explained. “Attacking Haniyeh’s home is not important,” he added. “He could not care less.” Haniyeh told reporters in response to the report: “My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people. Destroying stones will not break our determination,” he said.

Overnight IAF fighter pilots attacked 10 terror operatives in central Gaza, confirming hits each time.

The IDF targeted more than 70 terror sites overnight throughout Gaza, including two sites used as command and control centers belonging to Hamas, four weapon storage sites concealed within mosques, a concealed rocket launcher located near a mosque and an offensive tunnel.

In the early hours of the morning, IDF demolished a full terror tunnel route and also struck the Gaza City office of the Hamas treasury — used to fund and manage Hamas’ terror activities.

In addition, the IDF struck the Al-Aqsa television station used to incite Palestinians against Israel. The station is also used to transmit orders and messages to Hamas operatives and instruct Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings about upcoming military activity in specific areas, the IDF said. But despite the bombing, Hamas reported the channel has continued its broadcasts – an indication that its primary transmitters and studios remained unscathed.

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Aviv Ordered to Prepare Public Bomb Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Israel’s ‘city that never sleeps,’ Tel Aviv, has been order to prepare its public bomb shelters.

The IDF Home Front Defense has warned it is likely the Hamas terrorist organization will launch missile attacks from Gaza at the city in the near future.

Moreover, residents of Rishon Lezion were warned not to go swimming at the beach alongside their city for the same reason.

In the past few days, Gaza terrorists have fired medium-range missiles at the coastal cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and even as far north as Yavneh.

In fact, longer range missiles were fired at the central region as well, reaching as far north as the area around the western Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

During the last mini-war, Gaza terrorists fired missiles that did, in fact, explode in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tel-aviv-ordered-to-prepare-public-bomb-shelters/2014/07/08/

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