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Rabbi Nadel on the Torah Significance of Yom Haatzmaut

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Yishai interviews Rabbi Shimshon Nadel on a bustling Jerusalem street to talk about the Torah significance of the Yom Haatzmaut. Listen in as Yishai and Rabbi Nadel talk about celebration of Israel’s independence by both secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews and how there are many, even in the most Haredi communities that are still filled with joy during Independence Day.

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Yemenite Chabadnik Paints Gigantic Flag Seen from Jordan (Video)

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Jordanians across from Eilat have a new view of Israel today, hours before the beginning of Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, thanks to the work of Yemenite Chabadnik Roni Pilo who has painted a gigantic flag on an Eilat Navy hangar that covers almost an entire acre.

The display of the flag can be seen clearly from the Jordanian shore and cities across from the Gulf.

Pilo worked for three weeks, day and night, to finish the work in time for Memorial Day on Monday night and Tuesday, followed by Yom Ha’atzmaut.

The idea was the brainchild of Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzchak HaLevi, and work was carried out with the help of contributions from the French Jewish community and Tambour Paint Company, which donated 740 gallons of paint.

Pilo used special techniques to utilize light and shade and mixed six different shades of blue and six hues of white to make the flag display appear as if it is 3-D and moving on the hangar at the Israeli Navy base.

Mayor HaLevi said he came up with the idea to improve the aesthetics of the huge hangar.

He said there was no intention to irritate anyone, especially the Arabs across the waters. “We are not here to annoy anyone,” he said in a statement quoted by the Yediot Acharonot newspaper.

“Wherever the flag can be seen, that is all the better,” he added. “We have no reason to apologize for that. Displaying the flag permanently in Eilat, an international tourist and sports city that hosts 3 million people a year from Israel and the entire world, demonstrates our national pride and love for the country.

Navy base commander Ilan Mintz said, “There is nothing more symbolic the day before Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers…than a strong and loving embrace.”

The base will be open to visitors on Yom Ha’atzmaut.

American Volunteers to Fire Up BBQ’s for 3000 IDF Soldiers

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A bunch of loving American Jews are planning to make sure that IDF soldiers who have to remain on active duty on their bases do not miss out on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebrations this year, like the hordes of Israelis who head for the national parks, beaches and any empty piece of land to hold their annual BBQ.

In 2012, 400 volunteers affiliated with Standing Together, International Young Israel Movement (IYIM) – Israel Region, and National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), visited 16 of bases, with some 3000 soldiers, and brought them Yom Ha’atzmaut cheer, BBQ grills and an abundance of food.

How much food? 6000 hot dogs, 3000 hamburgers, stockpiles of pita bread, mountains of different salads, whole bottling plants of soft drinks and a lake of humus and ketchup. Or so it seemed.

When the group arrived in Ofer base, near the prison where Arab security inmates often stage their hunger strikes (talk about psychological warfare!), the place looked like a ghost town, report the BBQ organizers in a recent press release. The soldiers were resting up from a night filled with patrols and guard duty, and so the volunteers quietly and efficiently set up the grills, laid out tables, started cooking up a major storm – and the young folks in olive green came to investigate, first one by one and then in droves.

“Every year this program grows as many people here tell their friends what a meaningful experience they had last year,” said Miriam Gottlieb of Standing Together. “So we have repeat volunteers and new volunteers – what doesn’t change is how wide the smiles are on the soldiers faces when they see us!”

“Hey, who deserves the BBQ more then them?” asked Daniel Meyer, Executive-Director of IYIM.

This year, the organizers are expecting 500 volunteers who will be visiting bases throughout Israel, where friendships will be sealed with a good burger.

In Honor of Israel’s Big Day, One Movie on 64 Campuses

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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As Israel turns 64, campuses across the country are throwing major birthday bashes in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Whether opening hookah bars on campus, giving out free falafel, renting camels or creating a Tel Aviv beach party on the quad, Yom Ha’atzmaut on campus is something not to be missed. But Jerusalem Online University (JOU) has spearheaded a new sort of birthday celebration that is educational as well as fun. JOU is throwing a movie party to celebrate Israel’s birthday.

In honor of Israel’s 64th birthday, JOU is premiering the movie ‘Israel Inside’ in 64 locations. The screenings began on Wednesday night and continue through the day on Thursday.

Rather than the typical movie about Israel that discusses politics, conflict and violence, ‘Israel Inside’ tells the story of the Israeli people whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.

“There seems to be no limit to the amount of bashing Israel receives, be it on television, in the newspapers or online,” ‘Israel Inside’ Associate Producer and Director of Film Distribution David Coleman told Israel Campus Beat. “On top of that, Jewish students on campuses across the country have to face often overt hostility to anything related to Israel from their professors, from student groups and at campus demonstrations.

“Realizing how difficult it was for anyone to present Israel and its people in a positive light was exactly the inspiration for ‘Israel Inside,’ Coleman stated.

The 55-minute film, hosted by former Harvard lecturer Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, explores the core strength of Israelis that has enabled them to succeed against incredible odds.

“Each year as Yom Ha’atzmaut approaches, many communities and individuals around the world look for ways to appropriately celebrate Israel from afar,” Coleman said. “This film, which makes no mention of politics, provides a perfect platform to celebrate the miracles and splendor of Israel and its people. We felt it would have been a waste not to share this message with others on a day dedicated to celebrating Israel’s individuality.”

Film screenings are taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Jerusalem, South Africa, Romania, China, India, U.K., Chile, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Ethiopia.

The film will also be shown in the coming months as part of a college screening campaign in partnership with StandWithUs and Hasbara Fellowships.

“In a time when Israel is increasingly viewed solely in terms of the negative connotations of the Israeli-Arab conflict,” Coleman concluded, “this film gives today’s Jewish Americans plenty to be proud of the State of Israel and its vast accomplishments on such a special day.”

Peres’ Independence Day Greeting to Diaspora Jewry: ‘The Reality We Have Built is Much More Than the Vision We Once Dreamed’

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Dear Friends,

I am proud to celebrate Israel’s 64th Independence Day with you all. It is not only a day of celebration, but also one to reflect upon and realize that the reality we have built is much more than the vision we once dreamed.

The remarkable achievements we have made in six decades are evidence of an unyielding spirit which define the Jewish people. We returned to our homeland, rich in history, yet scarce in land, meager in natural resources. We had no choice but to invest in our greatest asset – our people. And we did, together with you. Israel grew tenfold in population, fifty-fold in gross domestic product. We absorbed millions of Jews from around the world. We built beautiful towns and prosperous cities, the new alongside the old, the past next to the future. We have built an extraordinary country, due to our extraordinary people. Today, we can proudly look upon our thriving economy, innovation serves as Israel’s heartbeat, and creativity runs through our veins.

Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day, is also a time to remember those who defended and served our country, many of whom sacrificed their lives for our young state. Today Israel is still on the unwavering quest for peace and we will never abandon our thirst to live in harmony with our neighbors. The ideals on which Israel’s father David Ben Gurion founded our nation are the very same ideals we live by today, and reflect the principles of justice and freedom instilled by our prophets.

It is with great joy that I celebrate with you our modern day miracle, the State of Israel. Our mutual unwavering commitment to each other is crucial. The young generation’s commitment to our state is essential as our shared tomorrow will be defined by innovation. As partners of our nation, your ability to secure a future defined by scientific development and discoveries is vital to our shared mission.

My friends, the challenges of our time are demanding. Today, together, let us wave the flags for the future of Israel, as an independent and democratic state. Let us wave the flags of peace, security and brotherhood.

Chag Atzmaut Sameach!

Shimon Peres

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