Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’
Sderot Mayor David Buskila “celebrated” Rosh HaShanah by camping out in a protest tent next to the official residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to protest budget cuts to the Gaze Belt town.
He said he intends to remain in tent until the government restores funds that were cut in the austerity budget.
Buskila claimed that the budget cuts will be the death knell for Sderot but that he faces “a wall of incomprehension.”
Last year, the mayor staged a hunger strike until the government came up with funds for Sderot, battered for years by Hamas mortar shelling and rockets, to pay off its deficit and improve its emergency services.
Plans for a memorial in Munich to 11 Israelis and a German police officer murdered at the 1972 Summer Olympics there were unveiled on Wednesday, the eve of Rosh HaShanah, at the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The planned hall of remembrance is slated to be built near the site that housed the games and will cost 1.7 million euros (approximately $2.25 million). It will allow visitors to learn about the events and the victims — 11 Israeli athletes and coaches along with the police officer — as well as to view the site of the failed rescue attempt at the Furstenfeldbruck airfield. Ultimately the airport’s tower will be included in the memorial, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
The memorial was designed by a team under the auspices of the ministry in consultation with relatives of the victims, the consul general of Israel, experts from the concentration camp memorial at Flossenburg, the Jewish Museum in Munich and the Bavarian State Ministry for Political Education.
Israeli Foreign Ministry department manager for Western Europe Ilan Ben Dov called the 1972 attack “a trauma for my entire generation” and added, “Every Israeli group that comes to Germany as part of a youth exchange and educational cooperation should visit this site.”
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Yishai broadcasts from the busy Fleisher kitchen, where Malkah is preparing food for Rosh Hashanah. Malkah talks about the Fleisher’s plan for the holiday and talk about both the gladness and disappointment on American President Barack Obama’s flip flopping on a decision to strike or not strike Syria. They move on to talking about the vacuum that could be left to fill by Russia, China, or Iran if the United States lessens its influence in the Middle East. The segment ends with a special visitor to the Fleisher household from Beit El!
The apple and honey tradition on Rosh Hashanah has Israelis consuming 15,000 tons of apples during the month of September, an increase of almost 50 percent from average consumption during the rest of the year.
Israel’s crop of apples is of a particularly high quality this year, according to Amos Levin, general manager of the Galilee Development Corporation and chairman of the apple division of Israel’s Plants Production and Marketing Board.
“This summer’s relative cooler temperatures, especially at night, helped produce a higher quality of crop,” he said. Levin noted that this year’s crop, harvested from August through November, is excellent for size, color and taste.
Nearly all of Israel’s apples are grown in the hills of the Galilee and the Golan Heights because apples require cold winters and cooler summer nights to grow best.
The northern apple orchards are located on hills that are more than 2,000 feet higher and cover approximately 10,500 acres.
More than 100,000 tons of apples are sold in Israel each year, with the apple market valued at more than $200 million, serving as the core for the local economy in the Golan Heights. Another 7,000 tons of apples are imported into Israel from the United States and Europe.
While Israel exports little of its apples abroad, this year, the country exported 18,000 tons of apples grown by Druze farmers living in the Golan to Syria, in coordination with the Plants Production and Marketing Board, the IDF and the Red Cross. The Druze apple growers of the Golan have been selling to Syria has for the past eight year, but the apple exports were stopped in 2012 when the war situation became too volatile.
This year the apple industry also drew a number of university students from across Israel interested in learning more about agriculture and helping out Golan apple growers.
Sapir college student, Yotam Eyal told Tazpit News Agency that he and his friends have been picking apples for the past month.
“We are college students from all over Israel – from the Negev, Jerusalem, and the north, who are interested in learning more about agriculture and connecting to the land,” Eyal explained. “There are projects that have been initiated in the past year which get students involved in these areas.”
“It’s good to see where a fruit like an apple that you buy in the supermarket comes from,” commented Eyal. “Picking apples all day in the orchard is hard work. But it has made us appreciate dipping the apple in honey that much more this Rosh HaShanah.”
Israeli magistrate courts will continue to process arraignments over Rosh Hashanah this year, according to a special order by Supreme Court Chief Justice Asher Grunis.
This year, Rosh Hashanah—the only 2-day Jewish holiday observed in Israel—begins Wednesday night, which means that the state’s non-emergency services will be suspended by law until Sunday morning.
This would result in suspects remaining in detention without an arraignment before a judge for three days, which the Chief Justice finds unacceptable.
It’s a fascinating—and rare—case in which the rights of an individual to a speedy trial clash with the identity of the Jewish state. It also suggests a higher level of attention to defendants’ rights than in the U.S., where anyone arrested late on a Friday must wait behind bars for their arraignment until Monday.
In an order he sent the senior judges of the court system, Justice Grunis wrote there would be no other option but to conduct court deliberations over the holiday.
According to the “work order” issued by the courts administration following Grunis’s instructions, on Wednesday, Rosh Hashanah eve, the courts will stay open until two hours before the holiday, and on Thursday, first day of Rosh Hashanah, the courts will deliberate arraignments based on need. Then, on Saturday night, arraignments will start again normally, one hour after the end of Shabbat.
The court administration directive also says that every efforts should be made to avoid the desecration of the holiday, and in cases of individual employees asking not to work on the holiday for religious reasons, every effort should be made to accommodate them.
The national court employees union said it objects to the directive but its members will cooperate with it.
A government press release, referring to Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot as the “autumn holiday” raises a question whether the Netanyahu administration recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, a demand it has made of the Palestinian Authority.
The Government Press Office sent a letter to “press attaches at foreign embassies” with an invitation to attend a “Spirituality and History Tour of Jerusalem” next month.
The “spirituality” part is a bit hard to understand unless it is limited to Christianity.
“We will watch the Armenians march from their theological seminary to prayers in the St. James Cathedral, in the Armenian Quarter,” the letter stated.
“We will then proceed to the Jewish Quarter where will hear about the autumn holidays, visit the Old Yishuv Court Museum and ascend to amazing view from the roof of Aish HaTorah Yeshiva,” it continued.
“We will end our tour at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where will hear about Jerusalem’s multi-faceted Christian communities while observing ceremonies of the various sects.”
There are two glaring absences. One, there is no reference to Islam, which like it or not, is part of the history of the Old City.
The other and more blatant gaffe is the mention of “the autumn holidays.”
A case could be made by a secular Jew that Sukkot really is all about the harvest and is one of the three Festivals in which agriculture is a major part.
But Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur?
Would the GPO dare refer to refer Christmas as “the winter holiday?”
The Jewish Press asked a couple of questions from people involved in the tour, and everyone emphasized there was no slight intended and that, in fact, the holidays do fall in the autumn.
One person indeed was taken aback and said that the question would be looked into.
It would be too complicated to explain non-Jews that they are “High Holidays” – then you have to explain what is a “low” holiday.
To explain “Tishrei,” the month in which the holidays occur, requires a long span of listening attention, although Ramadan is accepted.
But Jewish? Can’t they even say the word “Jewish?”
Before the High Holidays, the GPO will send out its annual multi-page explanations of the Jewish holidays, allowing all of the foreign journalists to study the spirituality, if they want to wade through it all.
Maybe on the actual “Spirituality and History Tour of Jerusalem,” the autumn holidays will become Jewish.
One person told The Jewish Press,” Don’t make a mountain of a mole hill.”
Well, we are, because those when those little mole hills pile up on each other, they become a big, big mountain.