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October 21, 2016 / 19 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘sukkot’

Send a Lulav and Etrog to a Soldier

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Gili’s Goodies, a Gush Etzion based company founded by Gail and David Ehrlich in 2001, has been in the business of connecting people from around the world with their family and friends living in Israel by sending “sweet hugs” of fresh baked goods, gift baskets and more.

Over the years, Gili’s Goodies has made it their “business” to  distribute thousands of packages of “goodies” to Israeli soldiers from North to South in order to say thank you while bringing a smile to their faces around the holidays.

This Sukkot, Gili’s Goodies decided that rather than simply sending goodies donated by friends from around the world, they would also distribute sets of Lulavim and Etrogim to soldiers in places around Israel that do not have access to a nearby synagogue where sets are available.

“The chagim can be a lonely and difficult time for Israeli soldiers who are away from family and community.   It’s important to let them know they are not forgotten and give them the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of lulav and etrog over the holiday of Sukkot,” says David Ehrlich.

Gili’s Goodies is making these sets available for purchase at a discounted rate of $25 per set and can be ordered via their website.

Interested U.S. donors can also receive a tax receipt for purchases of 8 or more sets by contacting Gili’s Goodies  via email or by phone: (Toll free from U.S. and Canada) 1-866-721-7292, in Israel 052-263-1808

Jewish Press Staff

World Parliamentarians Gather in Jerusalem for 50th Year Conference on Unification

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

For the first time ever, a delegation of dozens of members of parliament from around the world is set to gather in Jerusalem for the 5th annual Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference, this one to be held Oct. 19-21 at the Mamilla Hotel, and focusing its events on the liberation and unification of the holy city.

Participants will tour the city of Hebron; meet with Israeli government ministers and other leading characters in the Israeli political and financial arena; and celebrate with 5,000 Christian supports of Israel.

Ambassador Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, will address the group on Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, in the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

During the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot, 23 members of parliament from countries throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America will join Israeli officials in celebrating the unity of Jerusalem at the Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference. The MPs serve as Chairs and/or members of the Israel Allies Caucus in their local parliaments. They will meet with leading Israeli government representatives, including ministers.

In order to gain a better understanding about the history Jerusalem, the MPs will take a geopolitical tour of Jerusalem in which they will visit the Qalandia checkpoint, the lookout post at the Tomb of Samuel, Tel El Ful, and Mount Scopus, among other places.

A special panel will be held on issues related to the sites, hosted by Israeli Knesset members who serve as members in the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

This will be the first time that such a large and influential delegation of MPs tour Hebron, visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron Museum in Beit Hadassah and the Tel Rumeida neighborhood.

Among those attending the conference is European Parliament member Bas Belder, who serves as the Chairman of the Israel Allies Caucus in the European Parliament. MEP Belder is also The Vice-Chairman of the delegation for the relations between the European Parliament and Israel.

Italian Senator Lucio Malan, who earlier this year passed a bill prohibiting Holocaust denial is also participating, as is MP Kees van der Staaij, who passed a bill in The Netherlands preventing the funding of BDS organizations; and MP Kenneth Meshoe from South Africa who strongly opposes the claim that Israel is an apartheid state.

There will also be MPs from the following countries at the conference: Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Chile, and Malawi.

The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) is an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of 35 pro-Israel caucuses in parliaments throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The organization aims to promote communication and information sharing between parliamentarians and legislators around the world who share a belief that the State of Israel has the right to exist in peace, within secure borders.

The IAF Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

During the conference, the MPs will also present a signed resolution to Deputy Minister Michael Oren, stating their support for Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. They will also make efforts to endorse this idea in their home countries upon their return, according to the Israel Allies Foundation.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Holds Security Meeting Ahead of High Holidays

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday held a meeting to assess the security situation ahead of the Tishrei holidays—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Netanyahu called for in creased police presence, especially in the Old City and around the Temple Mount, directing “determined action” against any attempt to violate the public order there. In the case of Jews on the Temple Mount, these actions are normally determined by the Waqf agents, who are empowered to assess the level of spiritual engagement exerted by any Jew on the Temple Mount, and to decide whether said Jews have crossed the line and got dangerously close to their Father in Heaven.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein to continue to prevent MKs and cabinet ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period, such sensitive period being defined as “always.”

The Prime Minister also directed that activity be increased against PA Arab incitement on social networks, including Facebook, with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, such as the Jews are plotting to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque.

Netanyahu received an update on IDF operations and the reinforcement of units along the roads and inside Judea and Samaria communities.

Also participating in the meeting were Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Policy Deputy Inspector General Zohar Dvir, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy, the deputy Director of the ISA, an IDF representative and personnel from the National Security Council.

David Israel

Ultra-Orthodox Town Plagued by… Pigs

Monday, October 12th, 2015

(JNi.media) Residents in Kiryat Sefer, the ultra-Orthodox section of Modiin, have been complaining that in recent months many wild boar come into the city raid its streets, posing a serious threat to the population, Kikar Hashabbat reports. According to these residents, the wild boar come mostly at night, frequent and mostly the neighborhood of Green Park. One resident told the website: “So far it hasn’t bothered me so much, because the pigs usually come late at night, but last Sukkot they prowled among the booths and it was really dangerous. ”

Another resident said, “In previous years, the boar would only come up to the entrance to neighborhoods, but would not stroll around inside. Now, those pigs roam freely, and we know of no action the municipality is taking to eradicate this problem.”

Kikar Hashabbat received documentation of wild boar roaming the streets unhindered, among the Sukkah booths and in synagogue entrances. According to the residents, “this phenomenon is very dangerous, even for adults, but especially for children and adolescents. These pigs are aggressive at times and meeting them may result in serious injury or even death. It is a real threat to life.”

It should be noted that so far there has no attack on residents by wild pigs, but residents have been saying that if the city does not do something about it, it is only a matter of time before such an incident will occur.

The municipality said in response statement: “Since this is a protected animal, it is under the care and responsibility of the Parks and Nature Authority alone. Every complaint received by the municipal hub regarding this issue is immediately transmitted to the Parks and Nature Authority. Recently, Authority officials conducted many, intensive, nightly hunts, evidenced by the decline in calls to the hub. The requests residents to keep calling and to update the municipal hub on every case of roaming wild boar.”


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.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu


Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Video of the Day

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


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