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Posts Tagged ‘Yom Kippur’

Conversations with Heroes – Why Does God Love this Machine? [audio]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Happy New Year!

With Rosh Hashanah behind us, and Yom Kippur ahead of us, we are making the most of these 10 Days of Awe. We’ll meet expert organizer and counselor Nahva Follman, who will help us succeed in sticking with our New Year’s resolutions, and give ourselves a fresh start in life. You can contact Nahva through her website: Jerusalemmanagement.webs.com

Next, Yiftach Paltrowitz, one of Israel’s most in-demand photographers of Jewish celebrations and life events, makes a return visit to the show to discuss the very special weekly task he volunteers to undertake: operating a Shabbat siren (pictured). Especially during these Days of Awe, when Jewish people everywhere are strengthening their observance of mitzvot (heavenly commandments) we’ll find out the role this siren plays in readying us for Shabbat, and how Yiftach manages to consistently sound this wake-up call in his neighborhood. You can contact Yiftach through his website: yiftachphotography.com

Frequent show contributor, Andrea Simantov has Redemption on the brain, and tells us why she doesn’t quake at the idea of the Day of Judgment. Listen and get psyched up for Yom Kippur! You can contact Andrea via email: andreasimantov@gmail.com

Israel News Talk Radio

Agriculture Ministry Launching Campaign to Discourage Using Chickens for ‘Kapparot’ [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a campaign to raise public consciousness regarding the ancient Jewish custom of Kapparot on the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, encouraging people to redeem themselves with money instead of chickens.

On a weekday before Yom Kippur, many Jews take a rooster or a chicken (depending on one’s sex), recite two biblical passages — Psalms 107:17-20 and Job 33:23-24 — and swing the bird, which one is holding by its feet, over one’s head three times while reciting a short prayer three times. The recitation is: “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster (hen) will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.”

After the Kapparot ritual is concluded, the rooster is slaughtered given to charity, preferably for the meal before the Yom Kippur fast.

The Agriculture Ministry suggests the ritual is causing the birds needless suffering, which, incidentally, is against Jewish Law. Also, the presence of hundreds of chickens in and out of their cages in the middle of towns and villages may lead to the spread of disease. And so, the ministry would much prefer that faithful Jews donate their money to charity rather than do it with chickens.

For those Jews in Israel who insist on using chickens, the ministry has issued guidelines to regulate the distribution and slaughtering of the birds in locations outside the supervised abattoirs. The guidelines are intended to prevent the spread of disease, as well as minimize animal suffering.


Rabbi Hershel Billet on the 10 Days of Repentance

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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Angry Arab Reaction to Bahrain Foreign Minister’s Condolence Tweet for Peres

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa’s Thursday tweet, “Rest in peace President Shimon Peres, a man of war and a man of the still elusive peace in the Middle East,” has received a barrage of hostile reactions from across the Arab world, some of them accompanied by pictures of dead civilians killed in 1996 by an IDF operation in Lebanon ordered by Peres on the eve of the elections, which some argued was done to promote his image as a tough leader.


A spokesman for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza said the attempts to paint Peres as a man of peace will not wash his hands of his war crimes against the Arab nations, especially “the Palestinian, Lebanese and Egyptian nations.” He didn’t include Syria or Jordan, so maybe Peres gets a pass there.

Bassam Al-Salhi is a General Secretary of the Palestinian People’s Party and elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, who in 2005 received 2.67% of the vote for President of the PA, said that “Peres was one of the most dangerous politicians who used diplomacy to cover up Israel’s policies of occupation and settlement.”

A spokesman for Hamas in Gaza said that “Peres’ hands are awash in the Arab blood of the village of Kana village (in Lebanon), and he left this world before he could be tried for his crimes against humanity.”

Another Hamas spokesman told Ma’an, “Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in the history of this occupation and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas lauded Peres for reaching a “peace of the brave” with the late Yasser Arafat and the late Yitzhak Rabin (it was rumored that Peres got a long better with the former than with the latter).

The Peres Center for Peace facing the sea. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)

The Peres Center for Peace facing the sea. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)

Finally, Haggai Matar, writing for the vehemently anti-Israel website 972, depicted with a rare power of observation notions harbored, not surprisingly, by the left and the right in Israel regarding Shimon Peres’ renowned legacy, The Peres Center. The center, he writes, “aptly sums up the legacy of the Nobel laureate, former prime minister and president. The Center, which itself has become a forum of extravagance for the wealthy, was built in one of the poorest areas of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood. It overlooks the sea, but has its back to Jaffa and its ‘Palestinian’ (our quotes) residents. Behind the decadent palace of peace, just across the poorly paved road, are impoverished and crumbling tenement blocs. In three directions the Center resembles a fortified monstrosity; only on one side, the one facing the sea, a telling westward gaze, is its glass facade magical and inviting. It is, perhaps, the perfect metaphor for Shimon Peres’s legacy.”

Of course, rightwing Jewish pundits the world over are holding themselves back with rare powers of restraint, until after the Friday funeral, and possibly after Yom Kippur (the religious among us, anyway). So, for now, it’s nice to discover a sane evaluation of the man by a lefty…

David Israel

Neo-Nazi Leaflets Hit Jews in Florida Neighborhood [video]

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Local families in Mandarin, a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, woke up Sunday morning to discover hate-mongering neo-Nazi fliers on their doorsteps, specifically targeting Jews, News4JAX reported.

Local residents have contacted News4JAX after finding these fliers on their driveways Sunday, on the week before Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur. Those same residents said this was not the first time they have faced such trash outside their homes.

One neighborhood family called police after discovering the flier, only to be told that police had already launched an investigation, after another neighbor called with a complaint about the same flier.

The flier, adorned with a swastika, identifies itself as coming from the National Socialist Movement headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

That complaining family that spoke to the TV station is Jewish, and wishes to remain anonymous, but they want the authorities to send a message that these hateful fliers are unacceptable.

“It makes me mad,” said a family member. “It’s disgusting. For something like this to happen in 2016 at this point in time with everything going on. America was built on all types of people coming here, and for this to come up it’s disheartening.”

David Israel

Huge Majority of Europe’s Jews Say They’re Staying Home for the Holy Days

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A survey conducted last week by the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) shows that a huge percentage of Europe’s Jews are afraid to leave their homes and attend High Holy Day services this year.

Despite the increased security arrangements around Jewish institutions in Europe, 70 percent of Europe’s Jews do not intend to visit synagogues on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The survey was conducted on September 12-15, 2016 among a representative sample of 700 capital cities and communities in the periphery throughout Europe, from Britain in the west to Ukraine in the east.

The findings showed that more that 50 percent of Jewish communities across the continent reported a decline in the number of active members of the Jewish community, as a direct result of an increase of anti-Semitism.

Only about 11 percent of communities across Europe reported an increase in members, and 39 percent of the communities reported that there was no change in the number of registered community members. EJA and RCE General Director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin said that 75 percent of the communities reported an increased vigilance by various governments to the dangers faced by Jews in light of the growing Anti-Semitism since last year’s High Holidays.

The vast majority of community leaders also reported having to increase security and policing measures around Jewish schools, synagogues and other affiliated institutions of the community. “The challenge for most of the Jewish communities has doubled in recent months,” noted Rabbi Margolin.

“On one hand, violence against Jews increased significantly — against individuals, institutions and communities (among other reasons by immigrants and Muslim refugees). On the other hand, as a result of the refugee crisis, there is an actual increase in the power of the far right across the continent as well. “Currently the focus of the extreme right and their activity is focused on Islam, but testimonies of rabbis and community leaders show a great deal of concern about the growing of nationalism and xenophobia (hatred of foreigners)” warns Rabbi Margolin. The rabbi also called for the European Union and governments across the continent to increase educational efforts and the fight against anti-Semitism as part of the curriculum in schools.

“Counter terrorism is of course an important measure to save lives – but not enough to solve the problem from the root. As long as there will not be an educational effort focused on the elimination of anti-Semitism, the problem will continue,” he warned.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Postal Service Delivers Letters to God at the Wall Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Israel Post Director General Danny Goldstein on Monday met with Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, to deliver to him a consignment of letters addressed to God. The holy mail was delivered ahead of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and will be placed in the cracks and crevices of the ancient stones of what used to be a supporting wall for the Temple. The letters were posted from Israel as well as from Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

Letters to God

Letters to God

Hundreds of letters are mailed to Israel annually addressed to “God,” “Jesus,” “Our Dear Father in Heaven” and “the Western Wall.” These letters, most of which lack a return address, are sent to the Israel Post Lost and Found Dept., which then sends them, every few months, to be placed among the stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Back in 2006, a company called Letter to God Ltd. announced a service of placing letters to God, written on the customer’s home computer, in the cracks and crevices of the Western Wall. We are not sure what happened to them, but their website, letter2god.com, is available for the right price. Another example of free enterprise losing out to the nanny state.


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