Of those 6.484 million Jews, the CBS reports that less than half (44%) of them consider themselves secular or non-religious.
Nearly one-third of Israeli Jews identify as religious (32%), while the remaining 24% say they are traditional. When broken down further, the religious population includes 9% of the country which identifies as Haredi, 11% as religious (dati), and 12% as religious-traditional.
The number of bereaved families in Israel in 2017 includes 9,157 bereaved parents, 4,881 widows of IDF soldiers and security forces, 1,843 orphans under to the age of 30, and thousands of bereaved and orphaned children over the age of 30.
: Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Arutz 7 and Arutz 10
Kashrus Alert!!! From Jeff: The Young Israel posted the following alert this Shabbat in their announcements. If you use Arnold products, you might want to call BIMBO BAKERIES and voice your displeasure.
"Bimbo Bakeries has reformulated their bread recipe. Effective immediately the OU symbol will no longer appear on most Arnold’s products. The OU recommends that consumers contact Bimbo Bakery at 800-984-0989 to express their concerns about this loss of supervision. The OU supervision of Arnold’s Italian Bread has been reinstated. "
After the last Parsha spoke about the death of the children of Aaron now we start off with a birth of a male or female child. We then go on to learn about the disease of Tsoras which is translated as leprosy but is more like Psoriasis in certain cases.
HASHEM gave her compensation to go the Mikvah on the night of the eight to have clean blood for it should have been 14 days like after a girl. She goes early so that she can partake in the Seuda (feast) of the Bris.
3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall continue in the blood of purification three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification be fulfilled.
While she is not pure enough for a Korban, she is as the Ramban says permissible to her husband.
5 But if she bears a maid-child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her impurity; and she shall continue in the blood of purification threescore and six days.
She loses out the 8th to 15th day in touching her husband but gains more days that are considered clean. Psychologically this is to help ease the relationship with her husband. For most men in the ancient world wanted a male child.
6 And when the days of her purification are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtle-dove, for a sin-offering, unto the door of the tent of meeting, unto the priest. 7 And he shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood. This is the law for her that bears, whether a male or a female. 8 And if her means suffice not for a lamb, then she shall take two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons: the one for a burnt-offering, and the other for a sin-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
What sin did she do while giving birth? There are some women from the labor pain and suffering who vow never again to give birth. In order to hide this fact, the Torah put forth this sin offering on all women. These Korbanos were different in that the neck was slaughtered sliced with the right fingernail of the Cohain.
13:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 2 If a man has a se'eith, a sappachath, or a bahereth on the skin of his flesh, and it forms a lesion of tzara'ath on the skin of his flesh, he shall be brought to Aaron the kohen, or to one of his sons, the kohanim.
Se’eith, a sappachath, [or a bahereth]: Heb. The [terms se’eith and bahereth] are the names of two [major] lesions [and the term sappachath refers to categories related to these two major lesions], and one [major lesion, namely, bahereth] is whiter than the other [se’eith].-[Shev. 6b]. Bahereth: Heb. בַּהֶרֶת, spot, taye in Old French. This is similar to the verse, “it is [like] bright [clouds] (בָּהִיר) in the skies” (Job 37:21) [i.e., like the spots created by bright clouds in the blue sky]. [he shall be brought] to Aaron [the kohen, or to one of his sons]: It is a Scriptural decree that the uncleanness of lesions and their cleanness do not come about except by the pronouncement of a kohen. — [Torath Kohanim 13:43]
This is all based on the condition that the appearance is deeper than the skin and not perhaps a bacteria eating up the pigment of a tan. The Ramban explains Rashi as the perception of depth is based on the light color against the dark as a shadow and the sunny area give depth.
4 And if the bright spot be white in the skin of his flesh, and the appearance thereof be not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white, then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague seven days.
Ramban says that this is more like a whitish ice color.
5 And the priest shall look on him the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague stay in its appearance, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall shut him up seven days more. 6 And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague be dim, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is a scab; and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
The Cohanim and Leviim were in the place of Rabbis for their sole job was to serve the people. The Leviim had fields for crops for their own use but they were the teachers and doctors. Of course each Shevet (tribe) had their Judges and religious leaders but the Cohanim were inherited authorities.
7 But if the scab spread abroad in the skin, after that he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again. 8 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if the scab be spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is leprosy.
Tsoras was perhaps different from the leprosy of today and the main cause was Lashon HaRa. The person then had to leave the camp and stay away from people and could not spread his dirty gossip.
9 When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest. 10 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if there be a white rising in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising, 11 it is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean; he shall not shut him up; for he is unclean. 12 And if the leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his feet, as far as appears to the priest; 13 then the priest shall look; and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague; it is all turned white: he is clean. …
The Cohain in those days was the Posek (giver of Halacha). Pinchas acted as priest, prophet and leader. Today the teaching has moved from the Cohain and Levy to the Rabbis of the generation. Some of course are Cohanim and Leviim and that is not surprising. Tsoras comes from Lashon HaRa. The evil tongue can be truthful. A non-Jew or public figure who does certain things that more than three people are involved in is exempt from Lashon HaRa. Still we cannot go around saying things what the Prime Minister or President does in private.
Pekuach Nefesh: I saw a number of things on the Israeli Highways and Streets that shook me up this week. The worse was at a traffic circle a car turning in from a road enabled me to get into traffic but the fellow behind me honked his displeasure although he was at a full stop. Then I saw why. Some wise-guy youth cut in on my right through the bus stop to jump in front of me. When somebody is a clown on the road, I don’t fight him as I don’t need an accident. He switched lanes back and forth to cut people off and smiled. He was in the turn towards Yerushalayim on 443 but stopped at the light and I was in a different lane. I yelled at him. Keep driving that way if you want to go into Olam HaBa really quick. I don’t know if it helped but sometimes you have to say something when you can. Because he might live but kill others.
I went to a new parking way in the Brochfield Center. The road was designed by an engineer after 3 to five drinks on Purim with the curves. Exactly as I left with the most dangerous curve a pedestrian crossed the road on an angle. So I moved left to pass him only to have some kid on a bike pass me by a few centimeters.
The second subject is Modesty. I was at the house of a friend last week with other Rabbis. He is a fellow who hosts Rabbis and friends in his Sukkah, on Purim and soon Lag B’ Omer. All of a sudden one of his daughters came down in short-shorts. She also was displaying too much shoulder. After everybody had left, I spoke to him and his wife. I told them that I am going to be 70 like real soon. My oldest grandson is 20.5 and my granddaughter almost 19. I probably think 30-year-old women are too young for me. I am no pedophile but your daughter should not be walking around like that. Would you like me to talk to her? He said that he would take care of it. He had said something when we were there but it did not sink in.
We are coming to the summer season and beach season. Ladies please make sure that your dresses upon sitting down cover your knees and your blouses go down to or close to covering the elbows and also no low cut blouses please. A man should love you for your brains and good character and not for you (fill in).
I hope these words will be important for you as safety is not taught in the Charedi Schools and Modesty is not taught in the secular schools. I pointed out to my wife the side profile of a Fox News Anchor who looked more like a sex symbol than an intelligent woman interviewing people. Let this not be by your wife or daughter lest some rogues get some ideas and start up with them. Let a woman be honored for her inner beauty and intelligence and not so and so many kilogram or pound ‘pieces’ as the fellows say.
Auschwitz Survivor recounts her harrowing story: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951544,00.html
'We kept walking. After a few moments, we heard the shots'—a survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp, who lost her entire family in the Holocaust and lived through the death marches, recounts her memories as a lonely little girl, fighting to survive the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Ice Cream Parlor that saved grandpa from the Nazis: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4946199,00.html
When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, Yitzhak Meir and his parents found shelter in Francesco Tirelli’s ice cream shop. Now, his unusual story has been turned into a children’s book by his daughter-in-law, Tamar Meir, in a bid to introduce the complicated issue of the Holocaust to young children.
Also 6 survivors from grief to triumph: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951962,00.html
Holocaust financially after the holocaust: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41875
This is the story of my wife’s former boss at Tel Aviv University in Hebrew. http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/470385
Bing and Google translate: From the abyss to the Skies Professor Daniel Gould was 7 years hold when he hid the old Nazis for four months in little hideout under the house of Lithuanian peasants and almost lost his sanity • "fear of revelation was paralyzed; The deep existential concern not survive is what caused me to suffer "• he survived, immigrated and became a pilot in the air force and Professor
Victors Jacob Posted in: 23:50 22.04.2017
Prof. Daniel Gold. "I've been through three years of hell"
When we met, it was hard to believe the man and athletic with the jeans and the twinkle in the eye, We met, it was hard to believe that the athletic man with the polished jeans and the gleam in his eyes, the heavy motorcycle in the backyard belonged to him, had only recently celebrated. "I am very far from that little boy who lived in the ghetto," said Prof. Daniel Gold, a Holocaust survivor with an impressive resume both in his military life and in academia. "From my point of view, when I arrived in Israel it was the watershed of my life, a feeling that I had finally reached the national home, my real home, and everything that followed, all the successes, all the achievements, came from this place, I'm the most Israeli survivor there is, "he smiles modestly.
Prof. Gold was born in the city of Shibli in Lithuania in the winter of 1937. In the summer of 1941, the Germans conquered Lithuania from the Soviet Union, which had taken control of the Baltic countries a year earlier.
In 1943 a large Aktion was conducted in all the ghettos of Lithuania, in which all those who were marked as insignificant to the Nazi war effort - old, weak, and especially children - were led to their deaths. "The children were separated and separated from their parents by Ukrainian soldiers, and they were removed from most of the hiding places," he recalls. From that time until the summer of 1944, close to the time of the liquidation of the ghetto and the transport of the remaining to concentration camps, the children remained in hiding in the family quarters.
"In the summer I fled with a few cousins and my father's sister to the farm of a Lithuanian peasant family, where we lived in a hiding place that had been built under the house for about four months until the liberation of Lithuania by the Russian army. It was only after dark that we could crawl out, eat, relieve ourselves, and sometimes if we were lucky to wash body parts, the fear of revelation was almost paralyzing. "
Upon liberation they returned to their hometown, without me. Only after the end of the war did he learn that his father had survived and was liberated by the American army near Munich. Long afterward he was told that his mother had not survived. Two years later, in 1946, he escaped from Lithuania with the help of false papers and he was 9. He first came to Poland and then, again with false papers, to Germany, where he finally met his father, who was released from Dachau after two years of separation.
Gold during the aircraft. "We haven't talked about the Holocaust."
In 1952, at age 15, his father immigrated to Israel was a dream come true for us for many years. Three years after arriving to Israel he joined the Israeli air force, a pilot course number 22. During he was wounded by an accidental bullet emission weapon of a friend. Recovery took months and conditioned, among other things, the Suez crisis. When he returned to service with small, limit the screws back into the pilot course, 23. When the grade was not enough to combat the trend and joined the squadron class 100-light aircraft Squadron.
In 1957, he received his wings of gold "k" (for aircraft), and after reserve service in until promoted major k wings "to David wings in 1974, upon receipt of a pilot on a plane " crane ". "In addition to the Suez crisis, in which I was injured with a cast on his left arm, so the pilot flew in the six day war, the war of attrition, the Yom Kippur war and the Lebanon war.
A year after the release of posted army Daniel for Microbiology at the University of Tel Aviv. In 1965 graduated, and shortly thereafter began his doctorate in the Faculty of medicine in theory. Gould, Professor, reluctant to sail in 2005. 68. "and yet felt as young as early in my career, but human resources thought otherwise," he smiles.
The desire to be a sabra
Desperate to be a "sabra that does not betray a trace of Gaultism," as he puts it, he opened a new life - and only in the last decade has returned to talk about the Holocaust period.
Today, 12 years after retirement, Gould continues to research and teach volunteer students at Tel Aviv University, and in recent years he has volunteered on behalf of Yad Vashem in Israel and abroad on the Holocaust and his part in it.
Daniel's story was chosen this year to be told on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Mordechai rally, but the way was long: "It started when the grandchildren reached the roots work stage," they said, "and I answered and slowly I opened more and more."
"As a general rule, when Holocaust survivors came to Israel, it was a great disgrace to talk about the Holocaust, and all the erroneous statements about 'sheep to the slaughter', along with our great desire to become sabras, led to the fact that they did not talk about it. Who escaped from the inferno and served with me, and all of them said the same thing: There were three Holocaust survivors in my flight course, but no one knew who the three were, so much so that we tried to integrate.
The connection with Yad Vashem in recent years, which began with a request from them, brought him to various places around the globe, where he tells his story over and over again. Thus, in the framework of the "Witnesses in Uniform" project, he arrived last November in Poland with about 200 IDF officers: "It was terrible. After years of deliberate disregard, I caught a flash in front of all the mirrors. Suddenly I began to think about my parents and about my family, who did not survive. I cried. I just broke up, "says Daniel, with tears in his eyes.
I thought that with the grandchildren everything came out.
"No, because it was talking to them, just like in lectures, when I stand in front of people at the sides of the presentation, and like a simple actor, I tell the story of my life over and over again, so I tell the story as if I were talking about another person, not myself. I was physically beaten and not beaten, and what I experienced was daily existential fear, a deep fear that I would survive or not - that is what caused me to suffer. "
Daniel says, "I went through three years of hell from the ages of 4 to 7. There were moments of near physical paralysis and almost cerebral palsy because there were no stimuli that we could develop the brain with, yet I and my ilk are the example that can, after all, rise."
A moment before we part, he asks me not to forget the word "Holocaust" when I come to describe his story. "I hate another definition that annuls the Holocaust chapter, that makes no sense."
Epilogue. I had always wondered why Danny did not fly combat as he was brave and looked in great shape. Now I know it was his injury in 1956. He also volunteers on his BMW Bike for the Israeli Police. A very active 80-year-old.
Ed-Op By Diane Weber Bederman: http://dianebederman.com/for-jews-who-act-as-if-you-are-ashamed-of-being-jewish-this-ones-for-you/
1933 letter to a Jew from Hitler: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4952459,00.html
The IAF gets three more F-35: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4953297,00.html
Rosh Yeshiva HaGadol hospitalized: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228593
French born from the ‘religion of peace’ says blue lives don’t matter as he shoots up Paris. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951681,00.html
Viva La Difference when Obama talked about Iran vs. Trump on the Iran Deal. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228383
Mattis speaks out on his visit to Israel: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951849,00.html
Ed-Op the latest post on Gaza by Dr. Martin Sherman: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20421
Shabbos Chol HaMoed, my family had a Bar Mitzvah on Ramat HaGolan. Today it seems like mortars there. Where we stayed was an old house with no shelter. Sirens heard at 18:23. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951958,00.html
Syria claims our retaliation helps the rebels but in truth if we wanted it, Assad would have been 6 feet under. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228410
Questions from the Mattis trip: http://debka.com/article/26022/Mattis-leaves-Israel-with-unanswered-questions
Afghanistan attack on army base: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/22/afghanistan-massacre-more-than-100-feared-dead-in-taliban-attack.html
Netanyahu on Nuclear Armed Iran interview: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/22/netanyahu-issues-stern-warning-on-iran-in-exclusive-interview-with-fox-news.html
New Campaign and Foreigners Scandal but it was not the Trump campaign. http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/obama-entangled-in-brand-new-political-espionage-scandal/
US ground forces killed associate ISIS leader on Apr. 6th. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228406
Haley – Iran Hezballah want to destabilize ME: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41887
More shelling on the Golan and reply: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4952404,00.html
6 Israelis charged with violence against mixed Arab-Jewish Couples. http://www.timesofisrael.com/6-israelis-including-2-soldiers-charged-with-attacking-arabs/
Shin Bet Torture of Israeli Youth: “it’s unfortunate that in the State of Israel in 2017, youth enter interrogations healthy and, several days later with the Shin Bet, they need medical help following suicide attempts. We’re talking about an investigation which trampled human rights, made illegal use of force and undemocratic orders such as not allowing meetings with an attorney. It appears that when we’re talking about Jews suspected of fighting with Arabs, rights are forgotten, legal proceedings are trampled, and we discover new rules in the laws of arrests. Someone chose an end, and all means are 'justified' by the desired end. I am, first of all, worried as a citizen, and second as a jurist. We will study the materials of the investigation and respond to suspicions.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228444
French election, the antisemitical Le Pen comes in second. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228474
18-year-old terrorists beat up and neutralized by a 70-year-old man that he stabbed. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4952614,00.html
Mattis working on neutralizing Iran in Red Sea: http://debka.com/article/26023/Mattis-in-Djibouti-amid-high-Red-Sea-stakes
Israelis who are reckless or suicidal can now return to Sinai beaches. http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41931
Unbreakable Spirit of the Jewish People: https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/23/trump-lauds-unbreakable-spirit-of-the-jewish-people-in-yom-hashoah-remarks-to-leading-group/
US Pastor held in Turkey: https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/23/the-american-pastor-at-erdogans-mercy/
Female Soldier stabbed by female terrorist. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4952924,00.html
You know those sanctuary cities with the high taxes and welfare well guess what - Relative to their population, there was a significant outgoing migration from cities in the north such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The New York City metropolitan area alone lost a net of more than 700,000 people — the largest net migration loss of any U.S. metro. At the same time, southern cities such as Orlando, Atlanta, and Houston all gained at least a net 100,000 new residents.
If the US election was held today Trump would beat Clinton also in the popular vote: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5409236127001/?playlist_id=2114913880001#sp=show-clips
“Victim” says that she is not a victim. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/despite-reports-fmr-fox-guest-now-claims-she-was-never-sexually-harassed-by-sean-hannity/ar-BBAgVmH?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
From the north will come the evil and if they go to war, it could spark a battle or two fronts against us. http://debka.com/article/26024/WHouse-calls-all-US-Senators-for-NKorea-briefing-
United Airlines does not learn from their mistakes also incidents on Air Canada and American. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/24/woman-claims-united-airlines-employee-forced-her-to-back-of-plane/22053789/
Diplomatic Red lines: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228554
Attempted stabbing: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228589
NASA will not have kosher meals. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4951839,00.html
Serial Killer on the loose? http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228584
THAAD anti-missile to be deployed in S. Korea: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228615
Romania – Cemetery vandalized: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4953798,00.html
Trump speaks out against antisemitism as incidents surge: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41987
BDS – Woman’s March activist is controversial but more than that in Hebrew Slang her last name means “Pimp”. https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/26/controversy-over-prominent-bds-activist-linda-sarsour-reaches-new-york-senator-kirsten-gillibrand/
Hamas to recognize pre-1967 as Palestine aka big deal. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228689
After Hillary got a lot of money from speaking on Wall Street but guess which fat-cat Republican or should I say Democrat gets $400,000 for an hour speech. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/27/obama-spokesman-defends-reported-400000-wall-street-backed-speech.html
IDF fires back at Gaza after fence repair crew is shot at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228717
Damascus Missile attack on missiles to Hezballah. Israeli Press amazingly silent. https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/syria-blames-israel-for-rocket-attack-near-damascus-airport/
Londonstan knife-wielder: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4954840,00.html
There will be no Iranian base on the Golan even at the cost of war. http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42035
May 22nd mark the day tentative visit by President Trump to Israel. http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42049
Attempted cyberattack thwarted: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=42039
Lebanese penetrates Israel undetected possibly via a tunnel and ends up 10 KM inside at Kiriat Shemona. Small RPV shot down on the Golan. http://debka.com/article/26026/Golan-tension-Pro-Iran-troops-move-on-Quneitra
Good Shabbos all and a quiet one.