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24.4. 2017
Jerusalem Post

WATCH: Israel comes to a halt as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 24, 2017 09:58

Israel commemorates the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.

Israel comes to a halt as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017 (credit: JPost)
Israel commemorated the six million Jews who were murdered by Nazis in the Holocaust on Monday with a two minute siren that brought the country to a halt at 10 a.m.

Events marking Holocaust Remembrance Day began on Sunday evening at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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The somber day is commemorated in Israel from Sunday evening until Monday at sundown.

Holocaust survivors and their families from Israel and abroad, members of youth groups and foreign dignitaries along with the country's political, civic and religious leaders were included in the Yad Vashem ceremony.

As always, Holocaust survivors, aided by young members of their families, lit memorial torches which served as both candles of memory and lights of hope for the future.

In addition, there was a military honor guard from the Israel Defense Forces, to symbolize the fact that Israel can now defend itself and, if necessary, Diaspora Jews as well.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking at Yad Vashem at the annual ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day, articulated what can fairly be called his overall strategic doctrine. “The simple truth is that in our world, the existence of the weak is in doubt. When facing murderous countries and organizations, their chances of survival are not great. The strong survive, the weak are erased,” he stated.

Netanyahu said that the Jewish people experienced this during the Holocaust, “and that lesson is in front of our eyes at all times. The lesson is that we must be able to defend ourselves, by ourselves, against all threats and all enemies. Those who plan to annihilate us are placing themselves in danger of annihilation.”

Approximately 189,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, of whom 45,000 live under the poverty line, according to data released by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors.

Israelin muistopäivä Yom HaShoa 2017 (Holocaust Memorial Day ) 24.4. 2017

Israel ja Juudan kansa muistaa tänään alkavassa muistopäivässä holokaustin ajan uhreja ja myös sen ajan sankareita, joiden urhoollisuuden  seurauksena Juudan kansa sai nykyisen turvapaikkansa  maapallolla, Israelin valtion, oman maansa.


Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel

Yom HaShoah (Yom HaShoa, Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laGvura) officially translates to "Remembrance Day for the Holocaust and Heroism", but is often known as "Holocaust Remembrance Day" in English. It is an occasion to commemorate the lives and heroism of the six million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Yom HaShoah is on the 27th day of Nisan, the first month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar.
Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish victims of the Holocaust during World War II.
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About Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day

Read more about Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day
Tämä päivä määräytyy uskonnollisen  juutalaisen ajanlaskun mukaan ja on  Nisan kuun 27. päivä ja päivä alkaa illasta.

DateYearNameHoliday Type
MonApr 122010Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayNational holiday, Hebrew
SunMay 12011Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayNational holiday, Hebrew
ThuApr 192012Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayNational holiday, Hebrew
MonApr 82013Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
MonApr 282014Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
ThuApr 162015Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
ThuMay 52016Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
MonApr 242017Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
WedApr 112018Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
WedMay 12019Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew
TueApr 212020Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial DayObservance, Hebrew

torsdag 20 april 2017

Jeshivaopiskelija löytyi hengissä Suolameren läheisestä Juudean erämaasta!

Löytöpaikan  kuvausta  Wikipedia lähteestä Nabi musa base tienoo.


After searches continued through the night, rescue teams located this morning a yeshiva student missing since yesterday in the area of Nahal Og (Og stream) in the Judean desert. He was found safe and sound.
From initial investigations of the incident, it appears that the youth was hiking in the area of the stream with 4 of his friends, who were rescued yesterday already; after he got lost, he ascended to the top of a tall hill.
The student saw the helicopter searching for him and waved his hands, but the helicopter didn’t see him. Later that night, he fell asleep.
When he awoke in the morning, he walked towards the Neve Musa army base and called out for help. After he didn’t receive an answer, he sat on the side and waited.. A police vehicle passing by the area found him, safe and sound.
After he was found, the yeshiva student thanked those who searched for him. “First of all, I want to thank the Creator of the Universe. He sent me, and somehow I got to the base.”
“Thank you so much, you were with me all night and I felt it, the searchlights, helicopters, I saw everything and I said, ‘they’re looking for me, so I still have a reason to walk.’ Guys, you were amazing,” he added.


אותר בחיים הצעיר שנעדר מאז אתמול באזור ים המלח

אנשי יחידת החילוץ מגילות איתרו לפני שעה קלה (חמישי) צעיר שנעדר מאז אתמול בשעות אחר הצהריים בנחל אוג שבצפון ים המלח, כשהוא בריא ושלם. הצעיר טייל במקום עם ארבעה חבריו, כולם תלמידי ישיבה מירושלים כבני 20, שסבלו מתשישות והתייבשות לאחר שאיבדו את דרכם.

onsdag 19 april 2017

Concern over missing yeshiva student in Judean desert

19. 4. 2017

Concern over missing yeshiva student in Judean desert

Five yeshiva students suffered dehydration while touring in northern Judean desert, one still missing.

Five Jerusalem yeshiva students who went to tour Nahal Og (Og stream) in the northern Judean desert suffered from dehydration. They contacted rescue units which succeeded in locating all of them except for one who has not yet been found. There is a growing concern about his condition.
The police reported that "up to this point, helicopters and gliders flying in the area have not succeeded in locating the student."
With the advent of darkness, police and rescue personnel have begun to scan the stream by foot and by employing vehicles in the area. The main efforts are being concentrated on the area where the student's friends lost contact with him.

באזור ים המלח

צוותי יחידת חילוץ מגילות מחוז ש"י עורכים בשעה זו (רביעי) חיפושים אחר נעדר בנחל אוג באזור ים המלח. הנעדר היה עם ארבעה מטיילים נוספים שהתייבשו במהלך הטיול. אחד מהם הזעיק עזרה וארבעה מתוך החמישה אותרו וחולצו.

Raakelin ja Jaakobin esikoisen alueesta


tisdag 18 april 2017

Myrskyinen Kinneret nykyaikanakin on hengenvaara kuten apostolien päivinä

Ainakin  80 israelilaista on saatu pelastettua Kinneretin myrskyävistä aalloista, mutta kolme nuorta on  menehtynyt pääsiäisen aikaisiin  myrkyihin ja tulvasateisiin.  Kinneretin  pinta on noussut 3 cm  pienessä ajassa. olen niinä lyhyinä aikoinam,  kun olen Pyhässä Maassa ollut, nähnyt Kinenretin aina tyynenä ja kimaltavana.
Kinneretin myrskyt ovat  vaaralliset. Kerran kaikki 12 opetuslasta oli  joutua  surman suuhun- ei olisi Uutta Testamenttiakaan ilman Jeesuksen asioihin puuttumista.

 Nyt on olemassa  Israelin  Pelastusjoukot, jotka saivat  noin 80 pelastettua.Israelin tulevaisuutta varten.
Nämä kolme nuorta ovat todistus siitä että Kinenret on myrskyineen todella surmanloukku kuten Raamattu kertoo.    Olkoon näiden  kolmen  nuoren  reippaan ja rohkean  nuoren   muisto siunattu ja olkoon heille sijaa siellä  Aabrahamin helmassa  Eedenissä  ja vahvistakoon Jumala heidän vanhempiaan ja sisaruksiaan lohdutuksella suunnattoman surun  aikaan. .


An additional body was found this afternoon in the area where searches in the Kinneret were underway for the body of missing Itamar Ohana, 19.
Although presumed to be Ohana's body, a final verification is soon to be conducted. The body is the third that has been found since searches for three who went missing while rafting in the Kinneret on Wednesday.
The other two bodies have been identified as 21-year-old Nahman Itah and 17-year-old Liron Karadi.
The three, who died in three separate incidents, had been swept away by the strong winds at the Kinneret at the time.
Searches for the three continued on Shabbat and the final day of Passover yesterday, despite assessments that they had likely drowned to death.


Israeli authorities ramped up efforts to find three people who went missing while rafting on the Kinneret Wednesday.
Itamar Ohana, 19, Nahman Itah, 21, and a third unnamed 17-year-old went missing Wednesday in three separate incidents, according to a report by Times of Israel. Israeli authorities began the search Wednesday and continued overnight, and were joined Thursday by additional personnel and volunteers.
The search is focusing on one area near the eastern shore of the Kinneret according to assessments made last night and in the area where the missing persons were last sighted.

Some 80 people were rescued from the lake this week amid heavy winds.
Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee (or Kinneret in Hebrew) is popular with Israeli vacationers during this week’s Passover holiday, and authorities warned bathers about venturing from shore in inflatable dinghies.
“We call on the vacationing public on the shores of the Kinneret [Sea of Galilee] to listen to the instructions of the life-guard service and to refrain from entering the water on beaches that don’t have life guards,” the Israeli life guard service said in a statement.

The father of one of the missing young men, Shimon Ohana, also warned against entering the Kinneret, stating that "since Itamar went missing, I don't feel alive, my world has collapsed on me. He is a very dear child."
"I call on parents at home to beg their children not to enter the water, so that they come home in peace. Three losses are enough," said Ohana.
Israeli authorities are also concerned about the possibility of flash floods and other types of flooding in the south and Eilat area and have warned people in the area to be careful.‏

måndag 10 april 2017

SWC toivottaa hyvää pääsiäistä

April 9, 2017

It was this month, 72 years ago in Berlin, in 1945 that Adolf Hitler wrote his final will in which he predicted it would take a few centuries before anti-Semitism would come back. Of course it took a lot less than a few centuries. But even Hitler could not have predicted that in addition to the familiar slogans of Jew hatred, there would be a much more sophisticated kind of anti-Semitism that would be regularly deployed even in the halls of the United Nations – the very international organization created in order to prevent another Holocaust.

To explain, let me first tell you about a remarkable encounter I had with David Ben-Gurion in the summer of 1971 when I was a rabbi in Vancouver and took
a group of teenagers for their first trip to Israel. We had the special privilege to spend nearly an hour with Ben-Gurion who had retired to his kibbutz in S’De Boker. To this day, I shall never forget what he told our group. He said when you go home I want you to thank your parents and grandparents on my behalf for all they are doing for the State of Israel. Tell them that without their help, without the help of Diaspora Jewry, there would be no State of Israel.

But also tell them that there will come a time in the future where world Jewry and the Diaspora will be dependent on the State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion’s prophetic words have now come true. Today, Israel is the super engine that continues to fuel Diaspora Jewry. Sixty thousand high school and university students from North America alone come every year via Birthright to reconnect with their Jewish identity. Thousands study there and millions visit each year.

That is why I believe strongly that the campaign now being waged to delegitimize Israel by UN agencies around the world is potentially the greatest threat facing world Jewry, because Jews in the Diaspora recognize that without an Israel there will be no Diaspora. So how can we explain that of the 135 resolutions adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in the last decade, more than 50% of them have condemned Israel? How is it possible
that of the 97 resolutions introduced in the last four years by the UN General Assembly, 87 of them were against the State of Israel? Can you believe that the Security Council, since 1948, has condemned Israel in 78 resolutions directly attacking Israel – no other nation comes even close.

There is no obsession with Syria where a quarter of a million people have been slaughtered; no 97 resolutions condemning North Korea, which threatens the world with nuclear weapons; nor with Iran, the leading sponsor of terrorism; nor about the destruction and pillage taking place in Iraq, Libya, or Afghanistan. Not even a resolution against Russia’s action in Ukraine, against the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia, no speaking out against Hamas or Hezbollah, the terrorist organizations who seek a war in the Middle East. Yes, only the Jewish State of Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, is singled out year after year, insisting that they withdraw to the indefensible June ’67 borders.

The simple fact is that it was the famous Abba Eban, Israel’s foreign minister of the dovish Labor party, not Menachem Begin, not Ariel Sharon, not Bibi Netanyahu, who warned the world that an Israeli withdrawal to the June ‘67 borders would in fact mean a return to the Auschwitz borders. Eban’s point was that Israel’s Arab neighbors today live in more than 5 million square miles of land, while the tiny State of Israel, including all the West Bank territories it captured in the 1967 War, started by her Arab neighbors, is no more than 11,200 square miles.

Because of this, Great Britain for the first time issued a stern warning to the UN, “The persistence of bias, particularly the disproportionate volume of resolutions against Israel undermines the Council’s credibility as … an objective international human rights body….” That is why it is imperative that the same voices, across the political spectrum, that are always there to confront racism and bigotry, must add their voices and shine a light on this duplicity and double standard.

The same is true of the Jewish community. We must broaden our agenda and
wage the battle against anti-Semitism not only when our cemeteries are being desecrated, but also when see diplomats, year after year, sit around a fancy table in New York and continue to advocate policies that in effect would mean nothing less than shrinking the State of Israel, where seven million of the world’s fourteen million Jews live, into total oblivion. That, too, my friends, must stir our conscience, and that too, must become the cause of freedom loving people everywhere!

Wishing you and your family a happy Passover.
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Founder and Dean
Simon Wiesenthal Center

söndag 9 april 2017

Aruz7 uskonnollinen lehti ekrtoo pääsiäisen säädöksistä Israelissa


Not everything must have a kosher for Passover certification

A primer for the non-food items and a reminder of what freedom is all about.
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Rabbi Eliezer Melamed,

Medicines on Pesach
The general rule regarding medicine on Pesach is that if the medicine is tasty, such as a syrup or lozenges, one must check if it is kosher for Pesach. As long as it is not known that it is kosher for Pesach, swallowing it is forbidden. Only someone who is dangerously ill, and whose medicine has no equivalent substitute, is permitted to swallow it, because ‘pikuach nefesh’ (the saving of life) overrides the prohibition of eating chametz.
A tasteless medicine, however, does not require kashrut, because even if chametz that was previously edible was mixed in the medicine, since now it is not fit to be eaten even ‘b’shat ha’dachak’ (in times of distress), because it is unfit even for animal consumption, it no longer has the prohibition of chametz.
Some meticulously observant people try to avoid even bitter medicines that contain chametz. They show concern for the opinion of the few poskim who maintain that medicine is not considered unfit for animal consumption since we deem it significant, and it is thus rabbinically prohibited. But according to the opinion of most halakhic authorities, it is permitted to swallow without checking a medicine that is not fit to be eaten.
It should be added that the chances of medicines containing chametz are very slim, and even more so today when many people are sensitive to gluten, and ingredients containing grains are not mixed into medicines by drug companies without cause, and they prefer substitutes that are gluten-free.
Consequently, the thick pamphlets that the HMOs publish are superfluous, and should be focusing on the flavored medicines. By not doing so, they prove the rule: “tafasta merubeh, lo tafasta” (“If you have seized too much, you have not seized” - i.e. if you overdo it, you miss the main issue). Because of their preoccupation with tasteless drugs, no effort is being made to clarify the composition of the flavored medicines, the only ones for which clarification is important.

Body Lotions and Cosmetics

Poskim disagree whether body ointments that contain chametz may be used on Pesach. While soaps, shampoos, and creams are not made from chametz, they sometimes contain grain alcohol or other chametz derivatives, leading to queries about their status on Pesach.
Some say that applying an ointment is equivalent, by rabbinic enactment, to drinking. Consequently, even if the chametz in these products is not fit for a dog’s consumption, it retains the status of chametz because it is suitable for anointing, and thus it is forbidden to use them on Pesach. Accordingly, one must use soaps, shampoos, and creams that are kosher for Pesach.
Others maintain that the Sages only equated the application of ointment to drinking with regard to Yom Kippur and anointing with oil consecrated as teruma (priestly gift). All other Torah prohibitions relate to eating alone, not anointing. Although it is forbidden to derive benefit from chametz, the chametz in these products was rendered unfit for a dog’s consumption even before Pesach began and thus lost the status of chametz. It is therefore permissible to derive benefit from them and apply them to the body during Pesach.
In practice, even if we know that chametz not fit for a dog’s consumption was mixed in these products after Pesach commenced, since it is a ‘safek d’Rabbanan’ (rabbinic law that is not incontrovertible), the halakha goes according to the lenient view. In practice, the vast majority of cosmetic products produced in Israel do not contain wheat-derived alcohol (Peninei Halakha: Pesach 8:9).

Toothpaste and Lipstick

Toothpastes and lipsticks must be certified kosher for Pesach because they are flavored, and thus like any other food product.

Be Careful of Products that Look like Chametz

Just as our Sages forbade baking bread with milk lest one come to eat it with meat and transgress the prohibition of the Sages (the prohibition from the Torah is only when meat and milk are cooked together), similarly it is forbidden to eat products whose ingredients are kosher for Pesach but look like chametz products – lest one err, and come to eat chametz products themselves.
Therefore, wafers and cookies, which do not have a very significant change in their shape, even if they have kashrut for Pesach certification, should not be eaten on Pesach. In this matter, credit goes to the kashrut department of the Chief Rabbinate, which insisted on clarifying the halakha, and applying it. However, sometimes it takes years for all the factories to comply with the directive, and in the meantime, consumers have to be careful.

Dishwashing Liquid

There is no need for kosher for Pesach dishwashing liquid. Although it comes into contact with food utensils, because its taste is completely foul, even if chametz was mixed in it, it is no longer prohibited. True, if a person intends to eat chametz that is unfit for a dog’s consumption, since he considers it as food, he thus transgresses a rabbinical prohibition; but in this case, since no one is interested in tasting the dishwashing soap, even if the dishes were not rinsed well and taste of the soap remains on the dishes, there is no prohibition.
Consequently, the kashrut bodies that provide kosher for Pesach certification for dishwashing liquid mislead the public and make their Torah “a spade with which to dig” - i.e. using Torah for financial profit.

The Foundation of Freedom

Sometimes it seems that values ​​of religion clash with values of freedom, to the point where for many people the value of freedom seems alien to Judaism. But the truth is that the value of freedom is the foundation of the Torah, and the entire exodus from Egypt and Pesach – ‘z’man cherutainu’ (the time of our freedom) – is meant to reveal the value of freedom: that through freedom, the soul that God instilled in man can be revealed, and by means of it, one is able to choose good, reveal the image of God within him, and become a partner with God in repairing the world.
The value of freedom is so important that to be properly understood, the people of Israel had to emerge out of the terrible enslavement in Egypt, which the Torah describes as “the house of bondage”, in order to fulfill the great and awesome Divine mission – to redeem the world from its servitude, and repair it with kindness and truth.

Between Freedom and Free Will

However, the difference between ‘freedom’ and ‘free will’ must be understood. A free person is a person who has no external power forcing him to behave in a particular way, but in practice, such a person is not truly free because he is enslaved to his visceral inclinations and public opinion. He can be convinced that he himself has made all of his own decisions, but the decisive influence of his predispositions and that of public opinion on his decisions, can easily be detected. In contrast, a truly free person is one who is able to choose his path according to his own free will. The person with ‘free will’ is swept away with the flow, while the truly free person shows the way, and shapes the flow.

The Torah Grants Freedom

The Torah gives man the ability to be free, consequently, the follow-up of the Exodus is the giving of the Torah, as our Sages said (Avot 6: 2) concerning the verse: ‘The Tablets were made by God and written with God’s script engraved on the Tablets’ (Exodus 32:16): “Read not “engraved” (charut) but “liberty” (chairut) – for there is no free individual, except for he who occupies himself with the study of Torah.” Only through the absolute and eternal word of Hashem, which is engraved and fixed on the tablets, can man be released from the enslavement to his desires and public opinion.
However, it is not sufficient to simply fulfill the Torah, but it must also be learned, because as a result of such study a person renews himself, his soul is enlightened, and consequently, he receives inspiration and ideas on how to add good, and improve the world.

The Goal of the Exodus is to Enter the Land

Receiving the Torah and learning it are not enough – all this must take place in Israel. Therefore the goal of the Exodus and the giving of the Torah is for Israel to inherit the Land promised to our forefathers, for only in the Land of Israel can the nation of Israel live in freedom, and create its own unique lifestyle, and as a result, shower blessing to the entire world, as Hashem said to Moshe: “I have indeed seen the suffering of My people… I have come down to rescue them from Egypt’s power. I will bring them out of that land, to a good, spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…” (Exodus 3:6-7). In contrast, in exile we are enslaved, as it is stated: “There you will serve gods that men have made out of wood and stone” (Deuteronomy 4:28).
Therefore, the vision of the exodus from Egypt is entirely related to the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel, as stated in the response to the wise son: “In the future, your child may ask you, ‘What are the rituals, rules and laws that God our Lord has commanded you?’ You must tell him, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, but God brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand… to bring us to the land He promised our fathers, and give it to us” (Deuteronomy 6:20-25).
This is because in the Land of Israel the nation of Israel is able to reveal the unifying ‘emunah‘ (faith), to connect heaven and earth, faith and action, to reveal their talents and to be a blessing to all peoples, as God said to Abraham: “Go away from your land…to the land… I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you great. You shall become a blessing… all the families of the earth will be blessed through you”(Genesis 12: 1-3). The Torah also says: “Now Israel, listen to the rules and laws… so that you will remain alive and come to occupy the land… safeguard and keep these rules, since this is your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the nations. They will hear all these rules and say, ‘This great nation is certainly a wise and understanding people” (Deuteronomy 4:1-8). The Sages taught that “wisdom and understanding” refers to the secular knowledges that receive their positive blessing from ‘emunah’, Torah and mitzvot (Shabbat 75a).
Thus, precisely through the acceptance of the yoke of Torah and mitzvoth, the Jewish nation is capable of finding the true meaning of life in this world. This “yoke” does not entail the closing-off of possibilities, but rather, the opening of innumerable potentials, because Divine goodness is revealed in countless expressions and varieties, and man must choose which areas to invest his energies in ‘repairing the world in the Kingdom of God’.

Religious Institutions and Freedom

Sometimes, in an effort to preserve the path of Torah and mitzvot, we forget the value of freedom. This situation is a carry-over from the burden of ‘galut‘ (exile) and impulses. For many generations we had to direct almost all our energies to guard ourselves from any foreign influences, and we forgot how to reveal the good thoughts in our souls, for the glory of Torah and the world.
In order to free ourselves from the yoke of ‘galut‘, we must strengthen the vision of Israel’s life in its land, and as a result, the value of freedom will receive its important standing, and encourage initiative and creativity stemming from ‘emunah’ based on the goodness of Hashem, and a sense of mission to repair the world. The more successful the heroes and pioneers of ‘emunah‘ are, the more people will follow in their path. And all the people of the world will know and realize that precisely within a religious framework, true freedom emerges in its most profound and original way, redeems man from his material enslavement, visceral inclinations and distress, and gives him the opportunity to reveal his Divine soul. And as a result, we will merit complete redemption, speedily in our days.
This article appears in the ‘Besheva’ newspaper, and was translated from Hebrew. Other interesting, informative, and thought-provoking articles by Rabbi Melamed can be found at: