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December 7, 2016 / 7 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashana’

OneFamily Commemorates Terror Victims and Families of Jewish Year 5776 [video]

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

OneFamily organization, the supporters of thousands of families hurt and bereaved in terror attacks, published on the eve of the Jewish New Year (Sunday, Oct. 2) the list of this past year’s victims of the various terror attacks during the Jewish year, 5776.

The organization noted that within the past year there were a total of 165 stabbing attacks, 107 shooting attacks, 47 car ramming attacks and hundreds of stoning attacks on Israeli cars. Due to these attacks, 44 people were killed and 558 more people were wounded.

We Remember: Lives Lost to Terror Since Rosh HaShana 2015 from OneFamilyTogether

The past year’s list of victims since Rosh Hashana 2015: Alexander Levlovitz, Rabbi Eitam Henkin, Naama Henkin, Rabbi Aharon Benita-Bennett, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi, Chaim Haviv, Alon Govberg, Richard Lakin, Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, Omri Levy, Habtom Zerhom, Avraham Asher Hasno, Rabbi Haim (Howie) Rothman, Benjamin Yakubovich, Rabbi Yaacov Litman, Netanel Litman, Reuven Aviram, Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, Ezra Schwartz, Yaakov Don, Shadi Arafa, Hadar Buchris, Cpl. Ziv Mizrahi, Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, Ofer Ben Ari, Genadi Kaufman, Alon Bakal, Shimon Ruimi, Amin Shabaan, Dafna Meir, Shlomit Krigman, Hadar Cohen, Tuvia Yanai Weissman, Eliav Gelman, Taylor Force, Simha Dimri, Avraham Goldman, Yonatan Suher, Ido Ben-Ari, Ilana Navaa, Dr Michael Feige, Mila Mishayev, Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark – O.B.M. In order to help preserve the memory of those who are no longer with us, OneFamily prepared a short presentation including the names and pictures of the fallen and a summary of their life and tragic death.

Marc Belzberg, chairman of the organization said in a statement: “Our message is, please remember those who lost their lives to terror since last Rosh HaShana, and the empty chair at their holiday tables, of a beloved son who is no more, a witty daughter, a father who was the pillar of strength or a mother who used to huddle all of her children together under her wings of love. That empty chair is nothing compared to the punctured hole in the hearts of everyone they left behind.”

Hana Levi Julian

First Baby of 5777 Born at Ma’ayanei HaYeshua

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

As last year, the First Israeli Baby of 5777 was born just a few minutes after the official start of Jewish New Year 5777 at the Ma’ayanei HaYeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak.

So was the Second Baby. And so was the third.

From 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm Sunday evening, just after the start of the Rosh Hashana holiday, three babies were born at the medical center, one right after the other.

The hospital, third-largest fertility treatment center in the country, has 13 labor and delivery rooms in the birthing department.

“We are happy to once again be the first with good news,” said a spokesperson for the medical center, “and to continue the new year in a spirit of professionalism with a new labor and delivery center.

“We are pleased to provide the best and most comfortable service in the country.”

Hana Levi Julian

Lessons from 5776, Optimism for 5777

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

As we take our leave from 5776, I would sum it up as the year that Israel discovered the correct paradigm for dealing with her adversaries.

In previous years, many believed Israel’s military superiority allowed and even obliged her to take “risks for peace.” Others believed that propping up the economies of Israel’s neighbors until they were on par with her own, while giving up land, would bring peace.

But in 5776, Israel discovered that the secret for a relatively peaceful status quo comes not from creating economic parity, giving away land or taking risks, but rather by creating economic dependence, along with the application of Israel’s military superiority.

It should be made clear that a peaceful status quo is a separate discussion from what Israel’s long term vision for the region should be — whether that solution be Israel applying phased or full sovereignty over all of Israel’s territories, a confederation with Jordan, or some other ideas not yet tested or considered.

It’s been repeatedly noted that only one of the terror attacks by PA Arabs in this recent terror wave was executed by an individual with an Israeli work permit.

Israelis have learned that no matter how much their neighbors may hate them (and by the way, not all of Israel’s neighbors close and far hate Israel), or how much incitement they absorb from Palestinian Authority TV and the Islamic preachers, their families and villages depend on the money they make from Israelis, and all of them, save one, would not dare risk that.

Which is why the Palestinian Authority tried its best to force these Arab workers to stop working in the settlements, and why it failed. (PA Arabs make three times more working for Israelis than they do working in the Palestinian Authority.)

Incidentally, Israel would probably help the future stability of Judea and Samaria by announcing it will guarantee PA police salaries should the Palestinian Authority collapse under the weight of its own incompetence and corruption or Abbas’ retirement or death.

There’s very little that creates more loyalty than a paycheck paid on time.

Despite the roadblocks set up by Israel’s High Court, 5776 concluded with Jordan signing a $10 billion gas deal with Israel, which a Jordanian official said will save Jordan $600 million a year. It’s a deal that might very well tie Jordan’s economic stability to Israel for the next 15 years, along with the fresh water that Israel provides them.

Besides natural gas, Turkey, Greece, various Arab countries, some African states, India, Russia and China are looking to purchase or enter business partnerships with Israel, to acquire Israeli technology, military experience and equipment, fresh water solutions, solar energy, agricultural know-how or simply gain access to Israeli projects.

As these countries and others become more reliant on what Israel has to offer, there will be a gradual, visible change in their public attitudes, voting in international forums, and policies towards Israel, as Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out in his speech last month before the UN General Assembly.

On the military side, this past year, the IDF finally resumed its function in actively preventing terrorism, rather than restricting itself to a reactive mode. IDF soldiers have been raiding the hornet nests in the Palestinian Authority every night, to confiscate illegal weapons and ammunition, uncover weapons factories and erode the terror networks of Hamas, the PLO, and the various Islamic Jihadi groups which expanded operations under former defense ministers Ehud Barak and Moshe Ya’alon. And, surprisingly, these IDF actions hardly provoke any international condemnation, save for criticism from Haaretz.

It was also the year Israel has actively taken on BDS, and began to beat it down, state after US state.

Obviously, all was not rosy this past year.

Thanks to the Iran deal, a revitalized Islamic Iran has been expanding its terror operations. But as Iran and their client Hezbollah try to establish terror bases on Israel’s Golan Heights’ border, Syrian Rebels are fighting those Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists on the Golan — the same rebels who are reportedly receiving much-needed medical aid from Israel.

There has been an upswing in Israeli Arabs participating in terror attacks and joining ISIS due to Islamic radicalization, incitement and propaganda, but Israel is already learning how to deal with them.

Hamas is still destroying Gaza as it continues to prepare for another round of fighting with Israel.

In the spring of 5777, Israel will celebrate 50 years since the liberation of our ancient lands of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem from the illegal Jordanian occupation. Expect the usual NGOs (under new names and old) and Israel haters to foment their venomous propaganda, and also expect fewer and fewer people, everywhere in the world, to pay attention.

There’s concern over Obama’s anticipated November surprise at the UN.

And, of course, there will be the new challenges that either candidate for US president will present to Israel.

At the JewishPress.com we believe we have reason to be optimistic.

Israel has made significant positive changes this past year, with strategic, long term ideas being implemented, already with noticeable results. 5777 will bring challenges, even difficult ones, but we believe Israel is ready for them.

Shana Tova – Have a sweet new year.

Stephen Leavitt

Temple Mount Closed to Jews On the Eve of Rosh Hashana, Due to Minor Islamic Holiday

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Israel Police have announced that the Temple Mount will be closed to Jews this coming Sunday, the eve of Rosh Hashana.

Temple Mount activists condemned the decision, which they called another “surrender to the terrorists.”

A police notice tacked on the door to the Temple Mount Thursday morning said: “As is done each year, the Temple Mount will be closed to visitors on Rosh Hashana HaHajira, the Al-Hijra (1Muharram) New Year’s Day.

Al-Hijra, marks the Hegira in 622 CE, when the prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, moved from Mecca to Medina and established the first Islamic state, marking the beginning of Islam as a monotheistic community.

It is celebrated as the Islamic New Year, but doesn’t rate as high as the two major religious festivals on the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. According to the BBC, there are no specific religious rituals required on this day.

Nevertheless, this coming Sunday evening also marks the start of the Jewish new year and is the second holiest day on the Hebrew calendar, surpassed only by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, 10 days later.

Jews consider this a time of sanctification, rededication and renewal. For the Israeli government to decide to close the holiest site in all Judaism to Jews on this day, in deference to Muslim sensitivities, is a grave move indeed.

It is important to note, however, that the Temple Mount will be open to allow Jews to visit during the Rosh Hashana holiday itself, during regular visiting hours.

Israeli Knesset members and government ministers are not allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount at any time whatsoever, under a directive of the prime minister.

Hana Levi Julian

Beyond the Matrix – Religion, Relationship, and Rosh HaShanah [audio]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss what it is like for Jew and non Jew alike to be approaching the holy day of Rosh HaShanah when all souls stand before the Creator.

Beyond the Matrix 27Sept2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Tamar Yonah – How Non-Jews Can Acknowledge the Rosh HaShana Holiday [audio]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On this show:
1) How do non-Jews relate to the Rosh HaShana holiday?
2) America, China, Russia: Gearing up for war?
3) More conspiracy scenarios regarding the upcoming US elections and what they are telling you to do. See article here.

OUR GUEST
Rod Bryant is a former Evangelical Pastor of 31 years who turned to the Torah and Judaism and now leads an International community of Bnei Noach. He’s also a radio talk show host on INTR and hosts Beyond the Matrix. He’s here to talk about the best way for non-Jews who believe in the Torah, to observe and celebrate the Rosh HaShana holiday.

Tamar Yonah 26Sept2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Soul Talk – How to Love and Enjoy a Day of Judgement [audio]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The High Holidays are fast approaching. To what extent do we really understand what these important holiday’s are all about. What does it mean that G-d is judging us? Why are we declaring G-d as our King? How can we best prepare ourselves to make the most of the Holiday?

Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel on Soul Talk to get a better understanding of what these holiday’s are really about.

We welcome your thoughts and questions: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 25Sep2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

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