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December 7, 2016 / 7 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’

Happy Aliya Day, Everybody!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Today Millions of American Jews woke up with the sense of excitement that only happens when two essentially contradictory holidays take place on the same day, like Hanukkah and Christmas, Passover and Easter.

It so happens that on the day the United States is celebrating its Election Day, Israelis are joyously marking Aliyah Day. And should the results of today’s elections drive US Jews to make Aliyah, then the connection is absolutely self-explanatory.

Yom HaAliyah-Aliyah Day is an Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. This date in itself is a celebration of the unique connection that existed during the time of the Second Temple between the Jews of Israel and their brothers and sisters in the diaspora: the rainy season officially begins on the rabbinic calendar on Shmini Atzeret, the holiday that seals the string of high holidays from Rosh Hashanah until Sukkot. But the rabbis decreed that we not begin to actually pray for rain until the 7th of Cheshvan, to allow the Babylonian Jews who just celebrated in Jerusalem to return home before it started to rain.

Strangely enough, the Knersset legislation known as the Aliyah Day Act 5776-2016 states that on the 7th of Cheshvan the country will celebrate the Israelites’ entrance into the Land of Israel on the 10th of Nissan. We called up the Knesset Aliyah Committee, and blessed Tzipi, who picked up the phone with “Happy Aliyah Day,” which absolutely made her day. As to the discrepancy between the two dates, she explained that the Cheshvan date was picked because the Nissan date falls on a school holiday, which is also a Knesset holiday, just before Passover. So they went with Cheshvan 7, when everybody is still fresh and full of zest at the start of the season.

Also, Cheshvan 7 usually falls on the week of Parshat Lech-Lecha, in which our biblical patriarch Abraham was told by God to leave his home and his family and go up to the Land of Israel.

So, if you want to show up your Israeli friends today, just wish them a Happy Aliyah day and watch them squirm…

JNi.Media

Conversations with Heroes – Why Does God Love this Machine? [audio]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Happy New Year!

With Rosh Hashanah behind us, and Yom Kippur ahead of us, we are making the most of these 10 Days of Awe. We’ll meet expert organizer and counselor Nahva Follman, who will help us succeed in sticking with our New Year’s resolutions, and give ourselves a fresh start in life. You can contact Nahva through her website: Jerusalemmanagement.webs.com

Next, Yiftach Paltrowitz, one of Israel’s most in-demand photographers of Jewish celebrations and life events, makes a return visit to the show to discuss the very special weekly task he volunteers to undertake: operating a Shabbat siren (pictured). Especially during these Days of Awe, when Jewish people everywhere are strengthening their observance of mitzvot (heavenly commandments) we’ll find out the role this siren plays in readying us for Shabbat, and how Yiftach manages to consistently sound this wake-up call in his neighborhood. You can contact Yiftach through his website: yiftachphotography.com

Frequent show contributor, Andrea Simantov has Redemption on the brain, and tells us why she doesn’t quake at the idea of the Day of Judgment. Listen and get psyched up for Yom Kippur! You can contact Andrea via email: andreasimantov@gmail.com

Israel News Talk Radio

Agriculture Ministry Launching Campaign to Discourage Using Chickens for ‘Kapparot’ [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a campaign to raise public consciousness regarding the ancient Jewish custom of Kapparot on the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, encouraging people to redeem themselves with money instead of chickens.

On a weekday before Yom Kippur, many Jews take a rooster or a chicken (depending on one’s sex), recite two biblical passages — Psalms 107:17-20 and Job 33:23-24 — and swing the bird, which one is holding by its feet, over one’s head three times while reciting a short prayer three times. The recitation is: “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster (hen) will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.”

After the Kapparot ritual is concluded, the rooster is slaughtered given to charity, preferably for the meal before the Yom Kippur fast.

The Agriculture Ministry suggests the ritual is causing the birds needless suffering, which, incidentally, is against Jewish Law. Also, the presence of hundreds of chickens in and out of their cages in the middle of towns and villages may lead to the spread of disease. And so, the ministry would much prefer that faithful Jews donate their money to charity rather than do it with chickens.

For those Jews in Israel who insist on using chickens, the ministry has issued guidelines to regulate the distribution and slaughtering of the birds in locations outside the supervised abattoirs. The guidelines are intended to prevent the spread of disease, as well as minimize animal suffering.

JNi.Media

Soul Talk – Secrets to a Really Really Happy New Year [audio]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

There are many concepts connected to the High Holiday’s: Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur that are essential to properly understand in order to make the most of the opportunity of the holidays.

What does it mean that G-d has the book of life and death open during this time? What bad decrees are we trying to avert through mending our ways? What is the power of Repentance, Prayer and Charity giving in revoking these bad decrees?

Join Rabbi David Aaron on Soul Talk to gain a better understanding of essential High Holiday concepts and enter the holidays with clarity and focus.

We welcome your questions and comments. Send us an e-mail at soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 02Oct2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Walter Bingham File – The Royal Funeral [audio]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Kings Queens, Princes Presidents and Prime Ministers came to Jerusalem to accompany Shimon Peres To His Final Resting Place.

Also: In this programme hear the unexpected extended applause for Prime Minister Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly.

Hear: A short report from the debate between the Republican and Democrat representatives in Israel.

And: ! What bread suits your sins for Tashlich !

Plus: ‘Go Daven’ A most useful website.

Also: Some Rosh Hashanah stories and more.

Walter Bingham File 02Oct2016 – PODCAST Photo credit: Little Savage -Wiki Commons

Israel News Talk Radio

Tamar Yonah – Fixing Yourself -A Rosh Hashana Special [audio]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

On this show, Tamar speaks about how one can really fix themselves to be that ‘better person’ they want to be! – A Rosh HaShana Special!

Tamar Yonah 02Oct2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

PM Netanyahu’s Rosh Hashana Greeting [video]

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

“On this Rosh Hashanah, I send warm greetings from Jerusalem to all the Jews around the world.

Rosh Hashanah marks a Jewish new year.

It’s a time for celebration, a time for reflection.

But this year, Rosh Hashanah falls just days after a sad day. Shimon Peres, Israel’s 9th president has just passed away.

Shimon was a man of vision and optimism.

And I think Shimon would want us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah this year by looking back with pride and looking forward with hope.

Israel has much to be proud of.

Our democracy is thriving.

Our economy is growing.

Our relations around the world are getting stronger.

As Shimon was, I am extremely hopeful about our future.

Israel will continue working for peace.

We’ll continue expanding opportunity for all our citizens.

We’ll continue to be a beacon of light and freedom in a dark and repressive region.

On this Rosh Hashanah, I ask Jews around the world to remain hopeful and continue pursuing justice and truth.

This is the story of the Jewish people.

This is the story of the State of Israel.

Shanah tovah to all of you.”

Jewish Press Staff

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahus-rosh-hashana-greeting-video/2016/10/02/

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