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Special Baby Born in Ramat Gan

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Mazel Tov is in order for a special new mother in Ramat Gan.

A rare Brazilian tapir, “Pessiflora”, has given birth to a son at the Ramat Gan Safari Park.

Father, Meir, has been moved to a separate enclosure until he overcomes his jealousy for the new arrival.

The unnamed baby was born after a 13-month pregnancy and is enjoying the attention of his mother and older sister, Papaya.

He was born with white stripes which will fade as he matures.

The Joy of Achdus

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Now that the Daf Yomi cycle has reached Meseches Shabbos I’d like to take this opportunity to remind those who are participating in it that my son, Rabbi Meyer Maryles (pictured), will be giving on-line in depth daily Shiurim on the Daf on the website Shas Illuminated. If you want more out of a Blatt Gemarah than Pashut Peshat, this site is for you. Once you learn the Daf, listen to this Shiur. It will truly enhance the Daf Yomi experience. Speaking of Torah – it was just Shemini Atzeres, the last day of the holiday season. In Israel that day is combined with Simchas Torah. I celebrated that day here in Israel with my son and his family.

On Simchas Torah we complete the yearly reading cycle of the Torah by reading its final Parsha followed by beginning anew the reading of the very first section of Bereshis.The day is also marked by doing Hakafos, both at night and during the day. Men holding Sifrei Torah circle the Bima seven times in special song. That is the formality. But it doesn’t end there. There is spontaneous singing and dancing after each Hakafa by those holding the Sifrei Torah as well as most of the rest of the people in the Shul (or in a Yeshiva as the case may be).

This practice has expanded to massive proportions reflecting great joy on that day, by those who learn Torah and by all who adhere to its precepts. The joy and exuberance by religious Jews – young and old – in celebrating this event on this day is palpable.

It doesn’t matter to what segment of Orthodox Jewry one belongs. All segments celebrate this day with the same exuberance.

It is truly the Torah which unites us all, right to left. Those of us who participate in this event are sincere in our feelings of joy. It doesn’t matter if one is Charedi or MO; Chasidic or Yeshivish; Asheknazi or Sephardi; Mizrachi or Agudah. It is a true moment of Achdus for all. Jews all over the world are all dancing to the same tunes and for the same reasons.

When I get a bit fatigued at the amount of dancing, I remind myself of this very plain fact and it renews my hope for the future. With all the things that divide us, there is so much more that unites us. Achdus is what Simchas Torah is all about. At least for me.

We have concluded the holiday season. One that involves great intensity on religious matters. Beginning with the month of Elul and culminating well into Tishrei – almost two months of celebration which begins with solemnity and repentance and ends in a great joy. I like to think that the Achdus in which this season ends is a sign for us about what our goals as a people should be.

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Events In The West

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Events In The West: October 14 is East Bay Tikkun Olam Chesed Day in northern California.

Shul News: Yasher koach to Young Israel of Century City for reaching out to its members to organize meals for those in need.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Shai and Chana Samet, a son… Eric and Sarah Abitbol of NY, a son (Grandparents Alan and Etti Lowy; Sonia Rosenberg)… Pinny and Chana Rosenbaum, a daughter (Grandparents Chaim and Mati Rosen)… Rabbi Yakov and Chana Willner, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Yaakov and Frumie Krause)… Yossi and Chava Braun, a son (Grandparents Yehoshua and Ruchel Klavan; Great-grandparents Rabbi Jacob and Leah Friedman)… Rabbi Stephen and Rachel Cavalier of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Mark and Linda Abraham)… Alan and Rochelle Tsarovsky, a son… Shua and Chavi Lebovics, a son… Howard and Jill Reichman, a son… Ari and Suri Reiss of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Shlomo and Robin Goldberg)… Yoni and Talya Weiss, a son (Grandparents Yaacov and Rayme Isaacs; Great-grandparents Dr. Sam and Diana Hirt)… Joey and Dana Small, a son (Grandparents Dr. Sandy and Freda Small)… Gavy and Yaffa Silverstein of Hollywood, FL, a daughter (Grandparents Neil and Leslie Silverstein)… Moshe and Miriam Leiber, a son (Grandparents Saul and Julie Kessler; Great-grandparents Max and Marilyn Kessler and Elazar and Joyce Genauer)… Sholom and Bashi Rand, a daughter…Dan and Donna Harkham, a son (Grandparents Dr. Glenn and Janet Roeder).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Pinchos Abramczik, son of Shimon and Hubi Abramczik… Chaim Selah, son of Tzvi and Janet Selah.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Shoshana Gres, daughter of Jerry and Debbie Gres, to Yosef Caplan, son of Jeff and Gale Caplan of Agoura, CA… Jennifer Libo, daughter of David Libo and Miriam Libo, to Jeremy Torem, son of Rabbi Rob and Jocelyn Torem of Seattle, WA… Sara Fried, daughter of Lauren Hellman, to Yoni Levin, son of Brian and Judy Levin… Chani Levy, daughter of David and Betty Levy, to Yudi Hollander, son of Rabbi Tzvi and Kayla Hollander… Dr. Diego Wyszynky to Ruthie Hassan of London.

Congratulations: Deputy Sheriff Barry Poltorak for receiving the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Conduct Medal-Silver for his actions during the city of Carson’s major apartment house and mobile home park fire.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Andrew and Kerry Gorden, a son.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Births: Jonathon and Elise Hay, a daughter (Grandparents David and Lea Polaner)… Dr. Alex and Rikki Kushnir, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Hillel and Elaine Goldberg).

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Shmuel and Sarah Brody, a son.

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Jeremy Torem, son of Rabbi Rob and Jocelyn Torem, to Jennifer Libo, daughter of David Libo and Miriam Libo of Los Angeles, CA.

More Jews Arrested for Praying on Temple Mount

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Three more Jewish men have been arrested on Temple Mount on Wednesday, in addition to the two—including Manhigut Yehudit leader Moshe Feiglin—arrested on Tuesday, Arutz 7 reports.

Rabbi Yehuda Leibman, director of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva, was arrested Wednesday morning for praying on the site of two ancient Jewish temples.

Also arrested Wednesday were Dr. Menachem Ben-Yashar, 87, and Elyashiv Sherlo, son of Petach Tikva yeshiva dean Rabbi Yuval Sherlo.

Hagai Weiss, son of activist Hillel Weiss, was arrested on Tuesday along with Feiglin.

Temple Mount was in Jewish possession for one day, back in 1967, following its capture during the Six Day War, and was handed back to the Muslim Waqf organization, which has been in control of the holiest Jewish site since.

Gulliver’s Sukkah

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A Toldos Aharon child is playing with the frum equivalent of a doll house in Jerusalem. And, as you can see from the dangling power cord, his little marvel of a sukkah even has light in it at night. Perfection.

Nancy and I received delivery on our first “eternal sukkah” yesterday, and since it was too much of a schlep to take it upstairs, we decided to start building it right there and then, in the parking lot behind our building.

Following the instructions on a crumbled piece of paper, we put the thing together the wrong way so many times, until a kind neighbor—who also attends my shul—and his son, a crafty boy—couldn’t stand seeing our suffering and offered a helping hand.

It was a little like the Amish barn raising, I suppose, where all the neighbors get together and help a newlywed couple build their first barn.

We continued to do everything twice and three times – tied down the wooden slats for the roof schach, then took them down to wrap the frame first with the tarp that came with the sukkah. Then, seeing as we connected the door upside-down, we had to make adjustments there.

The sun was beating on me, I drank one of those useful little supermarket water bottles in a single gulp and move on to the next one, my entire body ached, I stood tall on a ladder where I had no business doing a balancing act – but in the end we did it, with the door right side up and the window finally not facing the wall, and the schach nicely spread on top.

For 30 years we’ve been celebrating Sukkot in the communal sukkah at 577 Grand Street, where you share the sukkah meal experience with a hundred neighbors. And while we have are some lovely memories from those meals, it will be a thrill to have our sukkot in Netanya, in our own sukkah.

The neighborhood cats have been showing a keen interest in the new structure and are trying to figure out a way to get in. We hope the tarp zippers will hold… Also, there’s a guy parked right next to our sukkah. He has the whole, near-empty parking lot, but, no – he has to park next to our little candy box picture of a sukkah.

Friday I’m going to park our own Chevy there, to block him. All I need is for some semi-conscious driver to back into my precious… No…

A gut yontif!

Events In the West

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Events In the West: Beginning in October, The Jewish Learning Exchange in L.A. has a new, free Partner In Learning program on Tuesday nights… On October 30 the Israel Philharmonic will be at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

A Jewish Mayor For L.A.? The next L.A. mayoral campaign is in full swing and once again it does not appear likely that the city will elect a Jewish mayor. This is despite all the candidates proudly boasting of their Jewish status – to whatever degree. The most popular potential candidate, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Member Zev Yaroslavsky, has decided not to run. Yaroslavsky is married to a fellow Jew. Austin Beutner, a former investment banker who has also dropped out of the race, regularly acknowledged his Jewishness and the fact that his wife is Protestant.

Of those candidates still in the race, L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti is a self-described “Kosher Burrito” due to his hailing from a Mexican grandfather and Russian Jewish grandmother. L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel is a non-Jew, but her Jewish husband sent his young son to a Reform Jewish day school. And L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry converted to Judaism (albeit a non-Orthodox conversion) about three decades ago by her Hillel rabbi, Laura Geller, while a student at USC. She now studies at UCLA with the Hillel rabbi, Chaim Seidler-Feller.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Jim and Celine Dujowich, a son (Grandparents Marco and Sofia Dujowich)… Oren and Kim Garway, a son (Grandparents Arthur and Peta Klitofsky)… Dani and Lea Abell, a son (Grandparents Jeremy and Hilda Cohen)… Jeffrey and Jenni Lazarow, a son (Grandparents Arthur and Natalie Josephson)… Gary and Shaloh Aires, a daughter… Yair and Brandyss Katz, a son (Grandparents Richard and Carol Geller).

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Raquel Glasser, daughter of Craig and Dana Glasser.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Isaac and Leora Orenbuch, a daughter (Grandparents Walter and Esti Feinblum; Great-grandparents Rabbi Joseph and Professor Leila Bronner)… Shlomo and Sharon Monderer, a son (Grandparents Dr. Bernie and Temy Monderer; Great-grandparents Rabbi Joseph and Professor Leila Bronner)… Zack and Ritz Glastein, a son (Grandfather Bill Bron)… Rabbi Chaim and Suri Friedman, a son (Grandparents Marty and Hadassah Weiss)… Yoni and Laura Battat, a daughter… Refael and Marissa Ross, a son… Dr. Jason and Rayme Misher, a son (Grandparents Yaakov and Rayme Isaacs; Great-grandparents Dr. Sam and Diana Hirt)… Dr. Steven and Danielle Kupferman, a son… Rabbi Arye and Tamar Sufrin, a son… Edward and Elissa Czuker, a daughter… Leibel and Yachet Weinstock of Boro Park, NY, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Yitzchok and Zissi Kornwasser… Gavriel and Meira Hirsch, a son (Grandparents Avraham and Tzafi Vickman; Arye and Rina Hirsch)… Yair and Brandyss Katz, a son (Grandparents Shalom and Malka Katz)… Jonny and Elise Hay, a daughter… Shia and Dassy Gurman, a daughter (Grandparents Zalmy and Chavy Gurman)… Binyomin and Ruchele Gestetner of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents Meyer and Raizy Brief).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Yaakov Aryeh, son of Rabbi Yechaskel and Miriam Aryeh… Yosef Casel, son of Moshe Casel… Yosef Shapiro, son of Rabbi Alter and Shira Shapiro.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Yosef Jacobs, son of Heshy and Chanie Jacobs, to Cipora Fried… Daniel Kramer, son of Dr. Barry and Paulie Kramer, to Nomi Lapides…Rebecca Kukurudz to Saadia Lieberow… Moshe Adelman, son of Yisroel and Rivie Adelman, to Natalie Drubach, daughter of Lev and Marta Drubach of Valley Village, CA… Ari Mayer, son of Ronny and Hindy Mayer, to Huvi Einhorn of Boro Park, NY… Sarah Feingold, daughter of Shimone and Marcella Feingold, to Lazar Okowitz of Lakewood, NJ… Elianna Mellon, daughter of Vic and Chavee Mellon, to Ari Leitman of Edison, NJ.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Danny and Jennifer Halperin… Dan and Alisa Rainbow.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Eitan and Leah Esan, son.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Dora Greenwall, daughter of Ephraim and Donna Greenwall.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Barry and Erica Berkowitz, a son… Noam and Yael Shazeer, a daughter (Grandparents Nahum and Hannah Schacham.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Mendy and Sarina Basch, a son (Grandparents Sy and Seryl Litwin)… Ezrie and Malkah Yellin, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Dr. Yakov and Sylvia Yellin; Sheila Hershkowitz).

Son of PM Yitzhak Shamir Enters Politics

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Yair Shamir, son of former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir (Likud), will be entering the political arena under the banner of the Yisrael Beytenu party.

His political debut will put him just under Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, at the party’s number 2 slot.

Shamir made the announcement on Friday, saying he believes his father would have considered joining the party due to their similar values of “freedom of the individual, wholeness of the nation and the land, and aliyah”.

Shamir, 67, is the former chairman of El Al airlines and Israel Aerospace Industries, as well as a former pilot and IAF Colonel.  He is now chair of the Shalem Center and Gvahim job-placement company for new olim, as well as a partner in Catalyst Investments.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/son-of-pm-yitzhak-shamir-enters-politics/2012/09/19/

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