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Uruguay Introduces Prayer for Israel Independence Day

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
May 9, 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay — The Chief Rabbinate of Uruguay announced that on Israel Independence Day, the Jewish community of Uruguay will hold a community-wide celebratory prayer on the evening of May 11th, coinciding with the celebrations in Israel. At that service, a new prayer will also be introduced besides the additions suggested by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

The prayers will be held at the Hebraica-Macabi sports complex of Montevideo and is being organized by the Zionist Organization of Uruguay, under the leadership of their president Sami Mylsztejn. “I am extremely happy that we have been able to bring together the entire Uruguayan community for this special event,” stated Mr. Mylsztejn. “This is what gives our people strength. Unity.”

At the communal service an additional prayer will be recommended for the festive liturgy. The prayer, titled “Al Hanisim le’Yom Haatzamaut” (meaning, For the Miracles for the Day of Independence), is a new prayer that was composed by Chief Rabbi Ben-Tzion Spitz, together with Dr. Avi Shmidman of Bar-Ilan University in 2009.

The prayer follows the style and form of other prayers of thanksgiving, specifically those composed for the Jewish holidays of Hanuka and Purim. In the years since Spitz and Shmidman composed the prayer it has made its way to individuals and communities around the world who recite it on Israel Independence Day. However, this is the first time it has been embraced by the Jewish community of an entire country.

“It is a great honor that so many people have found meaning and an articulation of spiritual joy through our prayer,” Rabbi Spitz explained. “The formation of the State of Israel is nothing less than a modern-day miracle for the entire Jewish people. It is our obligation to thank God for his overt involvement in its creation, for returning us to our homeland after our exile of two thousand years. We are witnesses to a historic process, and for many Jews, observant or otherwise, they connect with the words of our liturgy on this day of celebration either as a stand-alone prayer, or as a part of the prescribed liturgy.”

The full text of the prayer as well as translations into English, Spanish and Portuguese can be found at http://alhanisim.blogspot.com

English translation below:

And for the miracles, and for the salvation, and for the mighty deeds, and for the victories, and for the battles which You performed for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
 In the days of the ingathering of the remnant of Israel from the lands of darkness and the shadow of death to their beloved inheritance, pioneers of the nation arose, raised the flag, composed a declaration, and claimed the right of the nation to be established with its own consent, as a Jewish government in the land of its birth. With song and dance, women and children, the old and the young, celebrated on the streets with joy and rejoicing. At that same time, their enemies converged forthwith, to eliminate all trace of Israel from the land, and to push into the sea all the keepers of its faith. But You hurried forth to rescue your nation. You strengthened the hands of their defenders, and destroyed the weapons of their enemies. A revival of glory you made, a country of beauty you established, the beginning of the longing of the generations, a refuge and a fortress for the return of all Your people.
al hanisim


Rabbi Ben-Tzion Spitz

Uruguay Jewish Businessman Stabbed to Death in Islamist Anti-Semitic Attack

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

A local businessman in the western Uruguay border town of Paysande was stabbed to death Tuesday by a convicted criminal who yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he wielded the knife.

David Fremd, 54, was active in his local Jewish community and served as the representative to the Uruguayan national Jewish umbrella organization.

His attacker stabbed him repeatedly – 15 times – but as all radical Islamic terrorists, first made sure to declare his Islamic faith by praising Allah before plunging the knife into his victim.

One of Fremd’s three sons was also injured in the attack, but his wounds are not life-threatening, according to a local report.

Police arrested the suspected killer, according to the local El Pais newspaper.

The suspect confessed under questioning that his attack was a deliberate attempt to target the Jewish community, according to Sergio Gorzy, president of Uruguay’s Jewish umbrella organization, who spoke with the local Subraydo news outlet.

Approximately 20,000 Jews live in Uruguay, the first country in South America to officially recognize the reborn State of Israel. The first Israeli Embassy on the continent was opened in the capital, Montevideo, in November 1948, where most of the country’s Jews live.

The 60 Jewish organizations in Uruguay are all under the auspices of the Israelite Central Committee, according to a report by the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Hana Levi Julian

Fake Bomb Discovered in Israeli Embassy in Uruguay

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Police found a fake bomb, complete with cables, at the Israeli Embassy in Uruguay this week, for the third time this year, according to Breitbart News.

An official of the fire department, which deployed bomb-sniffing dogs to the embassy, said at a press conference:

Due to the element’s external physical attributes, we have identified batteries and electric conductors that make one assume this is an explosive device.

It was discovered in front of the embassy, located near Montovideo’s World Trade Center complex, at the same time of a Boycott Israel protest outside the building. Approximately 30 people attended the rally with Palestinian Authority flags.

Three other fake bombs have been planted at the embassy, one of them, last November and two of them this year that were placed n a supermarket bag and a sardine can.

No one has been arrested, but one suspect fled to Iran after being ordered to appear for questioning. Iran accused Israel of planting the bomb to create “Iranophobia.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

‘Bomb Scare’ Empties Israeli Embassy in Uruguay

Thursday, January 8th, 2015


One day after radical Islamist terrorists killed 12 people in Paris, Israel’s Embassy in Uruguay was evacuated Thursday by emergency teams in response to a bomb scare.

Israeli diplomatic staff and visitors emptied out of the Montevideo World Trade Center complex where the embassy is located, after a “suspicious item” was found in the building.

According to a report in the local El Pais, the device was actually placed by the country’s security officials to test local police readiness and response times. The suspicious device had no explosive capabilities and could not have detonated, according to Chief Alfredo Larramendi of the Explosives Brigade.

On November 29, 1947, Uruguay was among the nations who recommended that Israel be admitted to membership in the United Nations. However, on November 29, 2012, Uruguay UN representative Jose Luis Cancela voted in favor of a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a non-member observer state.

The measure passed in a landslide vote that has since allowed the Palestinians to join hundreds of international treaties and organizations – including most recently the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

PA leaders are now proceeding to charge Israel with committing war crimes in PA territory and crimes against humanity from the period starting June 13, 2014 – the day after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian Hamas terrorists.

Cancela told the world body after the UN vote his government believed there could not be a solution for Middle East peace without the existence of two consolidates States. He expressed Uruguay’s support of the “States of Israel and Palestine to live in peace, within safe and recognized borders” but said there was “no replacement for bilateral dialogue, which should resume as soon as possible.”


Hana Levi Julian

Argentine Prosecutor: Iran Running Latin American Terrorist Networks

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Argentine State Prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran on Wednesday of establishing terrorist networks in Latin America dating back to the 1980s and said he would send his findings to courts in the affected countries, Reuters reported.

Nisman presented a 500-page document, with evidence of Iran’s operation of an “intelligence and terrorist network” in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.

Regarding the bombing of the AMIA (Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina) center in Buenos Aires, there are arrest warrants out for nine men, eight Iranians—including Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie —and one, possibly, Lebanese.

Nisman said new evidence proves beyond reasonable doubt Mohsen Rabbani’s responsibility for the bombing, in his former role as the Iranian cultural attaché in Argentina, and “coordinator of the Iranian infiltration of South America, especially in Guyana.”

Argentina’s Congress this year approved a “truth commission” with Iran, to investigate the AMIA bombing. But many Argentine Jewish leaders feared the commission was only going to undermine the Nisman investigation.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has close ties with other Latin American leaders who are friends of Iran, such as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Reuters reports.

Jewish Press Staff

Jewish Boxing Champ Defends Her Title

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Carolina Raqucel Duer, a 33 year-old Jewish woman from Buenos Aires, Argentina, defended her World Boxing Organization Super Flyweight title on November 12 by defeating opponent Maria Jose Nunez of Uruguay.  Nunez foreited the match in the third round, after being knocked down by Duer’s left cross.

Duer, known as “The Turk”, is the daughter of Syrian-Jewish immigrants to Argentina.  As a child, she attended Jewish day school and Jewish after-school programs and camp, attended synagogue services and spent time in Israel working on a kibbutz.

Malkah Fleisher

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