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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Showers Expected Day after Prayers for Rain

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The first rains of the winter season are expected on Tuesday, one day after Jews around the world begin adding to daily prayers that God “brings the wind and rain.”

The change is made during the prayers on Shemini Azereth, the same day that Simchat Torah is celebrated in Israel. In the Diaspora, the two holidays are marked on separate days, ending Tuesday night.

In Israel, a special request for rain is added to prayers two weeks later, while Jews in Diaspora make the change on December 4.

Precipitation is expected to begin after noon in the north and center of the country on Tuesday and spread to the Negev at night and on Wednesday. The heaviest rainfall is predicted for the Galilee area, in the north.

Weather models indicate another warming trend at the end of the week, but is may be followed by a longer respite from the long hot summer, one of the hottest on record.

Temperatures will rise on Friday through next Sunday, according to longer term indications, but cooler weather is possible from next Monday through the entire week.


Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The Nation’s Sukkot Parade

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday in that has a strong international element to it. It’s a holiday that expresses concern and caring for the rest of the world, and embraces those that embrace us.

Every year non-Jewish people from around the world come to Israel on Sukkot and march in the Jerusalem parade.

Today, tens of thousands of people marched today through Jerusalem to show their support for the Jewish state.

Thank you.

Sukkot Parade

Sukkot Parade

Sukkot Parade

Sukkot Parade

Sukkot Parade

Sukkot Parade

Photos by Hadas Parush/Flash90 and Nati Shohat/Flash90

Hahkel – 5776

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Today, the Jewish people had the opportunity to perform a relatively rare commandment called Hahkel.

Devarim 31:10-13

10: And Moses commanded them, saying: ‘At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

11: when all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

12: Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law;

13: and that their children, who have not known, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.’

Today the Hahkel ceremony, as described above was performed at the Kotel, as Israeli President Ruby Rivlin spoke and got called up to the Torah, and the various Chief Rabbis read.

The Kotel plaza was packed from the Wailing Wall to all the way up the stairs in the surrounding buildings.

It was amazing.

Here is the video of President Rivlin at the Torah.

20,000 Israelis Ignore Terror and Visit Gush Etzion

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Approximately 20,000 Israelis from all over the country visited Gush Etzion on the first day of Chol HaMoed Tuesday, numbers that regional council chairman Davidi Pearl said prove the strong connection between the area and all of Israel.

He added that the throng of visitors shows that terror cannot intimidate people.

Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Uri Ariel visited the Givat Oz V’Gaon park adjacent to the Gush Etzion junction. The area was dedicated to the memories of the three yeshiva youth were murdered by Hamas terrorists last year.

Thousands of tourists also traveled through Gush Etzion to visit the Patriarchs’ Cave (Maharat HaMachpela) in Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.

Travelers reported a heavy presence of IDF patrols on Highway 60 to deter Arabs from trying to murder Jews with rocks and firebombs.

Rare 1,500-year-old Mosaic Featured on Sukkot at Kiryat Gat Industrial Park

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A rare 1,500-year-old mosaic discovered two years ago during an archaeological excavation in the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park is being revealed to the public for the first time during the Sukkot holiday.

The mosaic, which depicts a map with streets and buildings, was exposed during a dig conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority together with school children and employees from the industrial park.

IAA workers conserving the mosaic.

“The appearance of buildings on mosaic floors is a rare phenomenon in Israel,” commented IAA archaeologists Sa’ar Ganor and Dr. Rina Avner. ““The buildings are arranged along a main colonnaded street of a city, in a sort of ancient map. A Greek inscription preserved alongside one of the buildings exposed in the mosaic indicates that the place which is depicted is the settlement Chortaso, in Egypt.

“According to Christian tradition, the prophet Habakkuk was buried in Chortaso. The appearance of this Egyptian city on the floor of the public building in Kiryat Gat might allude to the origin of the church’s congregation”.

Great artistry and fine detail was used to conserve the mosaic.

“The mosaic pavement was part of the floor of a church that did not survive, the IAA explained. Two sections of the mosaic were preserved; animals such as a rooster, deer and birds, and a goblet with red fruits are portrayed on one part of the pavement.

Buildings were among the images depicted in the excavated mosaic conserved in the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park.

Nile River landscape in Egypt consisting of a boat with a rolled-up sail, streets and buildings is depicted on the second carpet. The buildings are portrayed in detail and in three dimensions, with two and three stories, balconies and galleries, roofing, roof tiles and windows.

The artist utilized ‘tesserae’ of 17 different colors in preparing the mosaic,” noted Ganor. “The investment in the raw materials and their quality are the best ever discovered in Israel.”

For the first time, the “Factories from Within” Festival will be held in the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park during Chol Hamoed Sukkot. The entire industrial park will become an event-filled arena on October 1, including one-time performances in unconventional locations with rare visits inside of some of the best-known factories in Israel.

Six Jerusalem Arab Teens Arrested for Sexual Attack on Tourist

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Jerusalem police have arrested six Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur on suspicion of sexually attacking a Polish tourist and then photographing her.

The teenagers were only 12-14 years old, and one of the youth admitted to sexually attacking the woman, described as being in her 40s.

Police brought the gang was brought to a Jerusalem court Monday night, after the conclusion of the first day of Sukkot, to keep the minors under arrest.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/six-jerusalem-arab-teens-arrested-for-sexually-attack-tourist/2015/09/28/

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