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From Father to Son

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) congratulates Minister Yair Shamir (M) as President Ruby Rivlin and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat look on (in the background), as Jerusalem’s new Road 9 is named after former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Israel’s 7th prime minister, who passed away in 2012.

Yair Shamir, who looks very much like is father (and has a similar political worldview) is a minister in the Israeli government.

Israeli President Visits Arab Village in Honor of Muslim Festival

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin made a festive visit to the northern Israeli town of Kfar Yasif near Acre, in honor of the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, which coincided with Yom Kippur this year. Rivlin took part in a main event which brought together hundreds of participants, among them local Arab mayors, religious and community leaders, judges and academics.

Commenting on his father’s work in bringing different cultures together, Rivlin spoke personally with the participants about building bridges during his visit to Arab village made up of Druze, Muslims and Christians.

“The education I received from my father, taught me that the keys to partnership between us, Jews, Muslims, Druze and Christians, are not floating somewhere above us, but right here, waiting for us to seize them. These keys are not only in the hands of the political echelons, or of law enforcement officials, they are in our hands, the hands of each and every one of us,” said the President of Israel.

Rivlin also talked about his optimism regarding current efforts underway to better relations between Jews and Arabs. “I am starting to see a little light, after the difficult and painful summer we have endured, and perhaps precisely resulting from the sense of urgency that prevailed.”

“In recent days I have read, heard and learned that in Lod, Ramle, Haifa, Jaffa, Akko, and other places, residents along with community leaders and mayors, local religious leaders, social activists, Jews, Arabs, of different beliefs and from different ends of the spectrum, are trying to come together to find a common path,” he emphasized.

“Within this festival today, there are symbols and principles that connect us as the children of Abraham, alongside symbols that express the uniqueness of each religious community. For example, the biblical Binding of Isaac, a story of standing before God, a story about the struggle between sacrifice and the sanctity of life, a story that is a seminal for Jews, Christians and Muslims,” he added.

Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important Muslim holidays which marks biblical Abraham’s sacrifice of his son in a test of faith.

The Israeli President concluded by offering blessings in both Hebrew and Arabic, saying “I wish that you all will be proscribed for a good year, and have a Chag Sameach and Eid-Mubarak, during which we will all act with kindness and charity. And that we will end the last year and its setbacks, and begin a new year of blessings.”

The festive event was hosted with the participation of the Interior Minister, Gidon Sa’ar, who pointed out that, “This year, two important festivals are taking place, both for Judaism and Islam. My request from the local municipal leaders, religious leaders, and from the general leadership, is to call upon all the citizens of Israel, to behave with mutual respect, and to be tolerant of the faith, belief and customs of others. I also want to extend festive greetings to all the Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Circassians citizens of Israel.”

Toys for Big Boys

Monday, September 1st, 2014

It doesn’t matter how old you are, boys like their toys.

In this case, the boy is Israeli President Ruby Rivlin sitting in a fighter jet in the Tel Nof Air Force base.

Vrrmmmm, whoosh, boom…

A Presidential Welcome to Israel

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Only in Israel…

Israeli President Ruby Rivlin personally welcomed new Olim (immigrants) as they step off the plane today, August 12, 2014.

This flight was called the “Soldier’s Flight” as 110 of the young people on this Aliyah flight are joining the IDF.

New Olim on the "Soldier's Flight" right after landing in Israel.

New Olim on the “Soldier’s Flight” right after landing in Israel.

Rivlin Calls on World’s Religious Leaders to Pray for Missing Boys

Monday, June 30th, 2014

TEL AVIV – Israel’s newly elected president Reuven Rivlin called upon world leaders and religious figures to pray for the return of the three kidnapped Israeli boys at a massive prayer rally at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square this Sunday evening, June 29.

“The call for the safety of these boys doesn’t have to come just from synagogues and yeshivas; it must also come from halls of prayer from every religion – from churches and mosques, especially during the Ramadan period,” Rivlin stated at the event where hundreds of people wore t-shirts with pictures of the missing boys.

Thousands of Israelis came together in a moving rally of support, prayer and solidarity for Naftali Frenkel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists nearly two weeks ago at the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea on their way home from school. Top Israeli musicians also sang at the event and the windows of the Tel Aviv city hall had the names of the missing boys spelled out.

Rachel Frenkel, mother of Naftali Frenkel, spoke at the rally, asking that the three boys “not be used for bargaining chips.”

“Somewhere out there in the night, there are three boys who know there’s no chance that we’ll give up,” Frenkel told the crowd.

Ruby Rivlin’s Victory: ‘Lu Yehi’ Defeats ‘Let it Be’

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

As a songwriter I want to congratulate the new president of Israel on behalf of all true lovers of Eretz Yisrael with the words “a new morning has come” (based on the title song of Bob Dylan’s 1970 album “New Morning”).

Presidential elections in Israel are decided by a Knesset vote. When no candidate managed to garner the required 61 votes in the first round of voting last week, the top two vote-getters, Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin and Moshe Sheetrit, faced off in a second round.

The leftists were already dancing in the Knesset hallways.They figured the Shas Party would prefer Sheetrit, a fellow Sephardi, and the center-left parties would give their votes to the left-leaning Sheetrit.

I, too, was sure Rivlin would lose, so the final result came as quite a shock: Rivlin 63, Sheetrit 53.

Who is Ruby Rivlin? I first met him in 1988, just after he became a Likud Knesset member. A violent Arab intifada was raging at the time, and Rivlin backed the tough stance of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who declared “There is simply no room for two states in such a small area.”

But Shamir was a “Let It Be” man who, while putting down the first Arab intifada, created no new facts on the ground.

During that time I was doing a one-hour radio program with talk-show icon-Barry Farber on WMCA in New York. Our guest one night, shortly after his election to the Knesset, was Ruby Rivlin. He told us he was a 14th-generation Jerusalemite descended from students of the Vilna Gaon who immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and formed the shtreimel-wearing Yerushalmi community.

I remember how good I felt sitting next to him. I could really feel his love for the land, especially Jerusalem, and his happy connection to the spirit of Judaism, though he didn’t appear particularly observant to me. I’ll never forget how much I liked and respected him, and to this day he has never let me down.

Years later, as a minister in Sharon’s government, he was an outspoken opponent of the “disengagement” from Gush Katif; and as Knesset Speaker he advocated the teaching of Talmud in public schools to keep the younger generation of Israelis connected to Yiddishkeit.

In musical terms I find him to be a “Lu Yehi” man – in Hebrew, a “May It Be” man, meaning “if only my aspirations could come true.”

The song “Lu Yehi,” written by Naomi Shemer, became an anthem of consolation in the fall and winter of 1973 for the thousands of children who’d lost their fathers during the Yom Kippur war (which claimed more than 2,000 Israeli soldiers).

The composer acknowledged being inspired by the Beatles song “Let It Be.” In fact, her tune for the chorus of “Lu Yehi” is remarkably similar to the tune for the chorus of “Let It Be.”

But while the phrase “Let It Be” implies doing nothing, “Lu Yehi” implies working toward a goal.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been a “Let It Be” man since he returned to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2009. The term “Let It Be” is equivalent to the Talmudic term “shev ve’al ta’aseh.” When the sages are not sure of a decision, the ruling is: Let’s sit and wait for Elijah the Prophet to arrive to tell us what to do.

Former National Union MK Yaakov Katz, “Katzeleh,” told me years ago, “You’ll see, Dov, Netanyahu is all talk but will do nothing.”

Katzeleh’s words have proven to be true. Netanyahu, giving in to American pressure, stopped all building in what the world terms the “occupied territories” for ten months. His doing nothing became a victory for him, as it caused PA President Mahmoud Abbas to become even more uncompromising and demanding, which left the peace talks in limbo. And so Netanyahu was encouraged to continue with his “all talk, do nothing” approach.

Newly-Elected Rivlin’s Emotional Acceptance Speech

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

With English subtitles, courtesy of the Yes! Israel Mission and Avi Abelow.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/newly-elected-rivlins-emotional-acceptance-speech/2014/06/12/

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