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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’

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.

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.

Spiritual Cafe: Yom Kippur – Hurts So Good!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015


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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Israel Drenched in Early Rain, Thunder and Lightning

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The heavens held a surprise for Israel on Tuesday, a Land which is usually blessed with “rain in its season” on the first night of the holiday of Sukkot.

Lightning lit up the skies in northern Israel during the afternoon on the second day of Rosh Hashana instead, with hail falling in some places, including the Galilee and the Golan Heights.

By nightfall, there was thunder and lightning and a downpour across Israel’s Judean and Negev deserts, with flooding reported in the Bamim and Nekarot rivers in the south.

Police warned drivers to watch out for flash floods on the highways along the Arava heading towards Mitzpe Ramon and Eilat.

Rain is expected to continue into Wednesday night, and the forecast includes a drop in temperatures by early next week.

Rosh Hashana Message from Prime Minister Netanyahu [video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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Compare Obama’s Rosh HaShanah and Eid-ul-Fitr Messages [Video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

President Barack Obama laced his annual Rosh HaShanah greetings with political overtones, in stark contrast to his message to Muslims last July on their Eid-ul-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

President Obama reminded Jews that the “Book of Life is open.” Assuming a posture as a Jew, he added:

As millions of Jews ask God to inscribe their names in that Book we recognize how much lies beyond our control.

It was a pointed reminder to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that besides God, there also is President Obama who pulls the strings when it comes to world affairs, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The President then preached peace, which he said is “hard, but right now the book is open.  Not just for God but for us.”

That is a theme that was totally absent from his speech to Muslims in July, when he noted:

The end of Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday.

President Obama then devoted nearly half of his greeting to talk about how millions of Muslims go to mosques for prayers and then have “festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families.”

He emphasized how “the diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines.”

Then he boasted that Eid-ul-Fitr now is a an official holiday in New York City public schools, and he praised Muslims for helping to raise money “for  the churches burned in the wake of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina” by a white racist.

The greeting to Muslims was absent of any reference to radical Muslim violence, peace in the Middle East, or the nuclear threat from Iran. It was a typical patronizing greeting made by every leader to partisan groups.

Now let’s go back to 2009 for President Obama’s first Rosh HaShanah greetings:

I want to extend my warmest wishes for this New Year. L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu – may you have a good year, and may you be inscribed for blessing in the Book of Life….

At the dawn of this New Year, let us rededicate ourselves to that work. Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering, and instead make a habit of empathy – of recognizing ourselves in each other and extending our compassion to those in need.

Let us resist prejudice, intolerance, and indifference in whatever forms they may take — let us stand up strongly to the scourge of anti-Semitism, which is still prevalent in far too many corners of our world….

And let us work to achieve lasting peace and security for the state of Israel, so that the Jewish state is fully accepted by its neighbors, and its children can live their dreams free from fear.

All of that was absent from this year’s greeting, which also did not mention anti-Semitism and certainly not anti-Zionism, lest he prompt reminders that Iran’s idea of peace is a world without Israel.

President Obama was elected on a motto of “change.”

He has fulfilled his promise.

He indeed has changed.

Arabs Attack Police on Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Jerusalem Arabs camped out in the Al Aqsa mosque early Sunday morning and attacked police with firecrackers, rocks, metal rods and foreign objects in a serious escalation of violence despite a recent government decision to ban two violent groups from the holy site.

Sunday morning’s clash broke out shortly after dawn, 12 hours before the beginning of Rosh HaShanah.

Intelligence reports that masked Arabs were preparing a massive attack Sunday enabled the police to surprise the rioters, who had prepared to block the entrance to the mosque so that police could not force them inside.

After a battle of approximately 15 minutes, police put an end to the riot and also confiscated a suspected pipe bomb from the entrance to the mosque.

A video that was provided to Sky News Arabic clearly shows men and women who were well-prepared for the battle. They used the mosque as a launching point for attacking police, who then briefly closed off the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Minister Uri Ariel of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), a champion for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, arrived at the scene. The government earlier this year banned ministers from visiting the Temple Mount as part of an official agreement to tone down violence,

The understanding did not last more than several months, and Arab groups pay men and women to arrive at the Temple Mount every day to harass and attack Jews and non-Jewish tourists.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon recently issued a decree banning two radical Muslim groups from the Temple Mount, but he only touched the tip of the iceberg. For every group that is banned, there are a dozen ready to take their place.

Arab media, both inside and outside Israel, are behind the incitement, and Sky News Arabic posted a tweet on Sunday from the Palestinian Authority official for Jerusalem stating that an “Israeli escalation will grow in the coming days,” apparently referring to the approaching Jewish holidays.

Sky News Arabic’s report of this morning’s clash was typical of biased information that incites hatred and violence.

The report, with the help of Google Translate and editing for grammar, stated:

Israeli occupying forces Sunday [raided] Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, where [there were] worshipers, and in an effort to pave the way for hardcore settlers to enter the holy site for Muslims.

The head of the Waqf Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhab, told Sky News Arabic, ‘The raid comes in the context of the ongoing Israeli attempts to Judaize Al-Aqsa Mosque.’

He called on Arab and Islamic countries to protect the site. Israeli forces and threw sound bombs and tear gas on worshipers and civilians [Worshippers] in the mosque [acted] to prevent the ultra-Orthodox Jews to break into the campus for the establishment of religious rituals on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, according to sources/

The past days of protests at the Al-Aqsa Mosque organized by Palestinian militants say that Israel is seeking to allow Jews to practice their faith in the compound, or even to remove the mosque to pave to build a new structure.

The video below of police on the Temple Mount this morning was posted on Rotter.net from a Facebook page:

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