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April 28, 2015 / 9 Iyar, 5775
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Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims Begins Tonight

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Israel tonight officially remembers 23,320 men and women killed defending the country since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods

At 8 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT), a one-minute silence, except for the sound of a siren, marks the beginning of Remembrance Day.

A two-minute siren will blast at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Since last year’s Remembrance Day, 116 members of security forces have been killed.

Ceremonies at cemeteries around the country will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, most notably at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem and 43 other military cemeteries in Israel.

An Israel’s flag, adorned with a black ribbon and memorial flame, will be placed on every grave of those who fell in Israel’s battles and are buried in military cemeteries throughout Israel, expressing the country’s respect for the fallen as well as the entire country’s participation in the grief of the families.

A ceremony for overseas Mahal volunteers who fought and died during the War of Independence will take place near the Sha’ar Hagai Junction, west of Jerusalem.

At nightfall Wednesday, the Israeli flag will be raised from half-mast around the country to mark the beginning of the 67th year of independence since the re-establishment of the State of Israel after nearly 2,000 years.

Weather Forecast Rains Out BBQ for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s favorite pastime on Yom Ha’Atzmaut is the Bar-B-Que, known in Hebrew as “mangal,” but it is going to be rained out in most of the country if the weather forecasters are right.

Predicting weather in Israel between winter and summer is tricky, and weather models differ on the amount of precipitation. Some forecast very heavy rain and others less than an inch.

All of them agree that it will be very windy and cold on Thursday, which would save Israelis from having to fan the coals if it weren’t for the probability that the coals will be too wet to light.

High winds and no rain would be a near-certain disaster for Israel’s few forests, which are dry enough to go up in flames if ignited by a spark for a mangal.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut is observed one day earlier than usual this year in order to prevent wholesale desecration of the Sabbath.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been moved up to Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by Independence Day the following day, which will be the 4th of Iyar instead of the actual date  of the 5th.

Temperatures will rise Sunday and Monday, when it will be warmer than usual for this time of year , but they will plunge on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by rain at night and on Thursday, possible as far south as the northern Negev.

Friday also will be wet and windy.

April is headed for the record books as the wettest ever.

 

Yom Ha’atzma’ut Explosion of Joy 66

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Many Israeli communities celebrate Yom Ha’Atzma’ut with fireworks, and Shiloh is no exception. Decades ago, when we were living in Bayit V’Gan Jerusalem, only the big national and municipal ceremonies had such impressive displays. We could see the fireworks at Mount Herzl from our apartment and later on, when the trees got taller, from the roof of the building.

As is our custom here in Shiloh, we greet the festive day, making the transition from Memorial Day to celebrating Independence Day in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Shiloh Synagogue when everyone comes to pray together, no matter which of the many Shiloh synagogues we normally pray in. First we pray Mincha, the afternoon prayer and then while waiting for nightfall, Rav Elchanan Bin-Nun gives an inspiring sermon. After that begins the Evening Prayer, Aravit which includes dancing and singing plus a long shofar blowing to remind us that the siren is modeled on the Jewish Biblical shofar.

 

I’m optimistic that things here in Israel will get better and better. It’s really up to us. That’s the “hope,” “Hatikvah,” which is based on faith in G-d. HaTikvah.jpg

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