This month marks 5 years since the brutal murder of 5 members of the Fogel family, in their home in Itamar as they lay sleeping on the Sabbath eve. Our Sages teach us that it was our Matriarch Rachel, buried near an ancient road in Bethlehem, who wept for her children en route to exile, and continues to cry out to God whenever tragedy strikes her descendants. Mother Rachel was surely weeping with the survivors of the Fogel family along with Jews across the world, weeping for the injustice of children orphaned and a family torn apart. That night, as a Nation mourned, ZAKA was there, bringing sanctity to the bodies of Udi, Ruth, Yoav, Elad and Hadas as they left this world. As terror continues to plague the country, ZAKA is always there, first to come and last to leave. Right now, ZAKA's resources have been depleted, and they are in desperate need of 5 new ambulances to help them continue their holy work.
Today's Hebrew music video is a tribute to the brutal murder of the Fogel family of Itamar in March 2011. The words are those of today's verse, as the prophet Jeremiah fortold, Mother Rachel would weep for generations over the continuous brutal murders of her children. May she and we know comfort, as her children continue to return to Israel.
Overnight, an Israeli mother, Miriam Peretz, who lost two soldier sons as well as her husband, whose heart couldn't bear the death of her oldest son, became a national symbol of grief and of strength throughout Israel.
Miriam’s Song is a poignant and powerful look into the life of Miriam Peretz, and Israeli woman who lost both her sons to war. Both soldiers of distinction and passion, the book depicts the effects of her loss and how she survived her grief. In these pages is the story of pain and resilience, the mingled song of hope begun by one womand and echoed by a nation. Paperback, 398 pages. This book was a collaboration between Miriam Peretz and Smadar Shir, a famed Israeli author and journalist.
We learn an invaluable life lesson from just one Hebrew word in today's verse - awoke early/ וַיַּשְׁכֵּם. Abraham was zealous to do God’s will at the first sign of daybreak, teaching that we too should grab opportunities to do good without hesitation. Fast forward 3,000 years and meet ZAKA volunteers who follow in Abraham's footsteps. ZAKA is Israel's incredible volunteer terrorism and disaster emergency response organization. Volunteers remain on call every hour of the day ready to rush to any tragic scene to save lives. With the increase in terror, ZAKA is in dire need of 5 new ambulances to carry out their sacred mission throughout Israel. No matter where you live in the world, you can partner with ZAKA for the benefit of mankind. Help save lives, strengthen faith, and strengthen Israel.
Typically, ZAKA volunteers deal with an average of 30 incidents of unnatural deaths every week. But with the current wave of terror, ZAKA is being swamped with a dramatic increase of incidences throughout Israel.
This Elijah Cup is a wooden Kiddush Cup filled with wine for the Prophet Elijah during the Passover Seder. Yair Emanuel is a well known Israeli artist famous for his depictions of the Jerusalem's Old City. This cup features an impressive Jerusalem skyline image.
Yesterday's photo featured the Tower of David (in Hebrew, מגדל דוד, Migdal David), an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite its name, the tower has no connection to King David, but rather dates back to the Ottoman empire.
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A 20-person delegation comprised of volunteers from Israel’s leading rescue organizations already has set up a field hospital and begun reaching out to earthquake victims in Nepal. Coordinated by IsraeLife and including representatives from United Hatzalah, Zaka and F.I.R.S.T., the rescue mission arrived on Monday and split up into two camps – one stationed in Kathmandu and the other in smaller villages in the periphery.
Dov Maisel, a member of joint delegation and United Hatzalah volunteer, explains conditions on the field. “Many communities have been utterly destroyed... their hospital or medical center is gone - they have nothing.” So far, the Israeli rescue team is treating injuries, pulling people out of rubble, rescuing victims from remote locations and consoling those facing grave tragedy.
"It is very difficult. After this kind of incident you have many wounded people who have nowhere to go - and they have fractures, an infected cut - all sorts of wounds... and they have no one treating them. Our mission is to help as many people as possible,” he said.
Eli Pollak, CEO of IsraeLife, said, “We decided to enlist the cooperation of the prominent Israeli emergency agencies in order to maximize the capabilities of the delegation, which is made up of experts in serving the needs of the disaster area. We are preparing for a long stay that will provide solutions to the Israelis living in Nepal and local residents.”
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