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September 24, 2016 / 21 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’

Israeli Postal Service Delivers Letters to God at the Wall Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Israel Post Director General Danny Goldstein on Monday met with Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, to deliver to him a consignment of letters addressed to God. The holy mail was delivered ahead of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and will be placed in the cracks and crevices of the ancient stones of what used to be a supporting wall for the Temple. The letters were posted from Israel as well as from Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

Letters to God

Letters to God

Hundreds of letters are mailed to Israel annually addressed to “God,” “Jesus,” “Our Dear Father in Heaven” and “the Western Wall.” These letters, most of which lack a return address, are sent to the Israel Post Lost and Found Dept., which then sends them, every few months, to be placed among the stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Back in 2006, a company called Letter to God Ltd. announced a service of placing letters to God, written on the customer’s home computer, in the cracks and crevices of the Western Wall. We are not sure what happened to them, but their website, letter2god.com, is available for the right price. Another example of free enterprise losing out to the nanny state.

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Netanyahu Holds Security Meeting Ahead of High Holidays

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday held a meeting to assess the security situation ahead of the Tishrei holidays—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Netanyahu called for in creased police presence, especially in the Old City and around the Temple Mount, directing “determined action” against any attempt to violate the public order there. In the case of Jews on the Temple Mount, these actions are normally determined by the Waqf agents, who are empowered to assess the level of spiritual engagement exerted by any Jew on the Temple Mount, and to decide whether said Jews have crossed the line and got dangerously close to their Father in Heaven.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein to continue to prevent MKs and cabinet ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period, such sensitive period being defined as “always.”

The Prime Minister also directed that activity be increased against PA Arab incitement on social networks, including Facebook, with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, such as the Jews are plotting to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque.

Netanyahu received an update on IDF operations and the reinforcement of units along the roads and inside Judea and Samaria communities.

Also participating in the meeting were Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Policy Deputy Inspector General Zohar Dvir, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy, the deputy Director of the ISA, an IDF representative and personnel from the National Security Council.

David Israel

Bubby’s Version of Instagram – Now Up for Auction in Israel

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Long before we had Instagram to share the real-time details of our travels, postcards were the only affordable way of sending home a slice of our adventures.

Taken in techno-color and designed to make the most mundane location seem exotic, postcards were a fun way to share our vacation with our friends or family while we were away. Given the advances in technology, postcards should have gone the way of the rotary phone and cassette tape.

But, just as vinyl records managed to become retro, collectible and a hipster source of pride, postcards are not only still in the communication game, but are also collectibles.

On sale now at Kedem, the premier auction house for Judaica and Israeli culture, are multiple postcards from pre-Independence Israel. From full color Rosh Hashanah cards to black and white cards of children learning in Cheder, they are auctioning off postcards that are worth a second glance. Postcards can’t go viral, but do help you share memorable moments.  Yes, postcards were your grandmother’s Facebook.

It’s hard to imagine that our Facebook feeds will be worth much money in the future. But, like vinyl records, postcards have developed a currency as collectibles. In a previous Kedem Auction, one of the official postcards from the 13th Zionist Congress in 1923 sold for $344.

Hermon Mountain Postcard

Hermon Mountain Postcard

With thousands of dollars of postcards in his collection, postcard collector Stewart Cohen explained the fascination, “Some people just like collecting things. I specialize in postcards with Jewish content.” For Cohen collecting postcards is a way to connect to his Jewish identity. “For someone who collects baseball cards the thrill is in finding the full set. For me, it’s preserving a piece of our Jewish heritage. I have cards from Auschwitz, ones that show the face of anti-Semitism and many from synagogues around the world.”

The value of postcards goes up with age and rarity. Meron Eren, co-founder of Kedem, explained that both age and condition make a difference to the worth of antique postcards. “Collectors are interested in finding something rare, or that has specific sentimental value. Someone might pay more for a postcard that has some personal connection even if it does not have large resale value.”

Postcards might have value as collectables but what about current postcards? Like many places of interest, the Israel Museum shop still does brisk business in postcards. Shop manager Shloimi Miller explained, “People still like postcards. They are a nice memento of a visit and often are taken in much better quality than would be possible with a private camera.”

Hotels in Israel Postcard

Hotels in Israel Postcard

You’re still sure that your Instagram pictures are better than any postcard? You can always download that Postagram app, which will transform your Facebook and Instagram pictures into postcards, and mail it to your destination for you.

So now, make Bubby’s day. Send her a postcard to show that you love her. You never know; maybe one day your great- grandkids will be selling it for big bucks.

For more information about any of the collectable postcards on sale at Kedem (or to sell your own antiques) see www.kedem-auctions.com The Postagram app can be found at https://sincerely.com/postagram

Humorous Postcard

Humorous Postcard

Rachel Gross

Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Indictments have been filed against three Jerusalem Arabs, including one minor, who were involved in making pipe bombs to attack police on the Al Aqsa mosque and compound on the Temple Mount during the recent High Holidays.

A gag order on the arrests of the gang was lifted Friday. Two adults from Jabel Mukaber, an Arab hotbed of terror and adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Talpiot, were charged with buying equipment and explosives for the bombs.

The two Arabs took materials to the home of a minor, who made 13 pipe bombs, 10 of which that were discovered during a police raid before last month’s Rosh HaShanah holiday.

The other three bombs were smuggled and later discovered on the Temple Mount, where Muslims forbid Jews from bringing any objects that are considered religious.

Muslims have accused Israel of violating their freedom of worship by preventing them from ascending to the holy site.

If “freedom of worship” means praying with pipe bombs, they are right.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Thousands at Western Wall for ‘Birkat Kohenim’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall (Kotel) Wednesday morning for the “Birkat Kohenim” priestly blessing, and police kept the peace to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount.

Another 13 Arab Muslims, including five minors, were arrested on charges of trying to create disorder and violence. Nearly 200 have been arrested in Jerusalem since the Rosh HaShanah holiday began two weeks ago.

President Reuven Rivlin and Israel’s chief rabbis plan to be at the Western Wall Wednesday afternoon for the once-in-7-years “Hakhel” ceremony

A video of police arresting a Muslim woman Wednesday morning for trying to harass Jews on the Temple Mount.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Milan Fashion Celebration Suffers Yom Kippur Blues

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) International Vogue editor Suzy Menkes did not make an appearance on Wednesday afternoon, when Gucci opened the fashion season, the NY Times reported Thursday. Also absent: editor in chief of InStyle magazine Ariel Foxman, chief merchandising officer and president of Neiman Marcus Jim Gold, founder of the Browns boutique in London Joan Burstein, and gallerist Carla Sozzani.

The calendar this week featured a match without compromise between fashion galas and Yom Kippur. Earlier in the month, Rosh Hashana overshadowed New York Fashion Week, with shows by Carolina Herrera and Tommy Hilfiger suffering the consequences.

Does God hate fashion? Gucci, and for that matter Alberta Ferretti, who watched their Wednesday shows missing some Jewish heavyweights, cited a prepared statement by the Italian industry describing “the unfortunate overlapping.”

The Pope snubbed the Jews at the White House Wednesday, it only made sense for somebody back in Italy to feel the pain.

Suzy Menkes, who lands in Milan Thursday, told the Times, “I absolutely feel conflicted as I will miss major collections. My work makes up an intrinsic part of my identity, but then so does my faith. I simply will not attend any shows on Yom Kippur.”

President of the Camera Nazionale which runs the Milan show Carlo Capasa, stated, “We greatly respect and understand the importance of this day and are aware that observance of Yom Kippur will impact some in their ability to participate in events.”

Stylish. Meanwhile, fashion director of The Daily Telegraph Lisa Armstrong said she was planning to both attend the shows and observe the fast. But Glamour magazine editor Cindi Leive said she would work on Yom Kippur, because she missed shows in New York on Rosh Hashana.

“My daughter is being bat mitzvahed later this year, and I feel more than ever that, as a mother, I should be leading my family by example,” Leive said.

Keep Rosh Hashanah, skip Yom Kippur. Leading by example plan probably needs work.

JNi.Media

Spiritual Cafe: Yom Kippur – Hurts So Good!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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Get ready for the Day of Atonement with Rabbi Mike Feuer and Yishai Why does Rosh HaShana precede Yom Kippur? Why is the scapegoat used as a scapegoat? Why do we dunk in the ritual bath before the great day? And is Yom Kippur a joyful or mournful day? Join Yishai and Rav Mike and get your Spiritual Caffein from Jerusalem – and Shana Tova!

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Moshe Herman

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