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Jerusalem freezes plan to build luxury villas on ancient village – The Times of Israel

A controversial plan to build luxury real estate in Lifta, a remarkably kept historic village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, has been frozen, but opponents say the plan isnt dead yet as it enjoys the backing of senior officials in city hall.

The plan was taken off the agenda after the citys local planning committee chairman Meir Turgeman, who supports it, realized it was strongly opposed by a majority of the committees members during a hearing on the subject on August 9, according to records of the meeting and a member of the committee who spoke to The Times of Israel.

Following the August 9 meeting, the Jerusalem Municipality released a statement saying, The plan was dropped from the agenda in order to undergo another professional examination. Once this examination is completed, it will be re-discussed by the Local Planning and Building Committee.

The main reason for opposition to the plan by committee members was that it calls for some 200 high-cost villas to be built in the historically important landscape, rather than low-cost housing that could accommodate thousands in the congested capital.

Israelis cool off at Lifta Spring in Jerusalem on April 26, 2016, as temperatures hit 40 degrees in some parts of the country. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

One source familiar with discussions of the plan, who wished to remain anonymous because he wasnt authorized to discuss the subject, said that the mayor and the people who work for the mayor are really determined to make this thing happen.

The source said proponents of the plan are considering how to make this site more profitable for the city.

An old olive press in Lifta, an abandonded Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. December 17, 2016. The city of Jerusalem plans to build villas and a shopping mall over the old village. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

The construction of the new neighborhood in Lifta was meant to begin years ago. But in 2012, opponents of the plan, including former residents and their descendants, Israeli academics, architects, members of the Society for the Protection of Nature, and recently expelled Jewish residents of Lifta, managed to win a temporary reprieve. The court revoked the building tender and ordered the Israeli Antiquities Authority IAA to conduct a thorough survey of the village.

The IAA proceeded to carry out what Avi Mashiach, the conservation architect who led the survey, said in a statement to the Haaretz daily was the biggest, most complex and important survey ever carried out by the Antiquities Authority. It ended last December.

The archaeologists found evidence of settlement in the site dating back thousands of years to the First Temple period, and were able, with the help of former Palestinian residents, to completely map out the evolution of the current village from a crusader farmhouse to a warren of connected buildings perched on the hills overlooking the valley.

Nevertheless, after the survey, the Jerusalem municipality continued to back the plan for housing at the site, which it said, in a statement to The Times of Israel, would be revised to take the results of the archaeological survey into account. However, whatever revisions it planned were not made available to the public. The IAA survey of Lifta has also not been made available to the public.

Mashiach and the coalition of opposition activists argued that no amount of careful planning could do justice to Lifta.

Lifta from the Western entrance to Jerusalem, with Mitzpeh Naftoah sloping down from the Ramot neighborhood in the background (Wikimedia Commons/, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ilan Shtayer, one of the leaders of the coalition opposing the Lifta plan, said, We need to be sure that professionals and people making the decisions understand that this plan is dead. There are people who are trying to make it happen.

He argued that during the IAA review there were no underground excavations, and there could perhaps be another 2,000 years of history underground.

Yoav Yeivin, a member of the local planning committee and a Jerusalem city council member for the Hitorerut party, said he voted against the plan because we dont need 200 villas to ruin one of the most historical sites in Israel.

Yoav Yeivin, Jerusalem city council member for Hitorerut movement. He has taken up the issues of East Jerusalem on his own accord. (Courtesy)

I dont want a castle for a few rich people. I want an open place for the public, he added.

Yeivin said he understood city halls desire to continue developing Jerusalem, and said he would vote for a plan that renewed the site intelligently.

He recommended turning the village into a tourist site, similar to sites in Italy, by adding a few hotels and restaurants while maintaining and restoring the archaeological remains.

The buildings at the site are in a state of disrepair, and many are in danger of collapsing. All sides agree that urgent action is needed to protect the history of the site.

During the 1948 War of Independence, Lifta, due to its strategic location at the entrance to Jerusalem, was quickly enveloped in the battle. When the war was over, Lifta was empty, and it is a matter of historical debate whether the villagers had fled or were forced out.

Since that time, most of the village has remained untouched and neglected.

Today, Lifta is on the list of UNESCOs tentative world heritage sites for bearing unique testimony of the traditional village life.

Thousands of the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta and their descendants continue to visit the village every year, and say they plan to return one day to live there.

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The Hipster’s Guide to East Jerusalem: Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community – Haaretz

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EU envoy: Israel can learn from Europe how to fight terrorism – The Jerusalem Post

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Israel can learn from the European Union how to battle terrorism, and not only the other way around, according to outgoing EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen.

On the eve of leaving Israel at the end of the month, after serving as EU ambassador for the last four years, Faaborg-Andersen told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that regarding anti-terrorism, We have a lot to learn from Israel, and Israel has a lot to learn from us.

These comments run contrary to the conventional wisdom in Jerusalem that holds that when it comes to fighting terrorism, Israel because of its vast and painful experience can teach the Europeans, currently facing a surge of Islamist attacks in major cities, how to effectively fight the scourge.

From the EU, Faaborg-Andersen said, Israel could learn that fighting terrorism is an endeavor that requires the whole tool box of instruments.

He said that one of those tools is a strong security dimension, which Israel uses effectively. But, he added, there are other aspects involved as well, including de-radicalization, working with social services, and education.

There are a whole lot of other elements, he said. In Europe we have adopted a holistic approach to fighting terrorism. I think Israel could have an interest in studying our experience in holistic approaches.

Asked how he felt this approach was working in Europe, he responded by speaking of the difficulties in open societies of stamping terrorism out completely. At the same time, he said, there have been successes, and the manner in which Europe is battling terrorism is better than nothing, and much better than five years ago when a wave of terrorism started to hit its cities.

We have now reached the level of preparedness for countering that kind of terror better than in the past, he argued.

Faaborg-Andersen said that one of the main difficulties is getting the different bureaucracies with different organizational cultures to work together and exchange information and be one step ahead of the terrorists before they strike.

Some agencies, he said, may have information that could lead to thwarting information, but that information is not shared.

The Danish diplomat, who will now return to work for his countrys Foreign Ministry, said that he hears that Israel is providing the Europeans with very, very important information, including on Islamic State. For the most part, he added, that information flows into the national intelligence services of individual EU countries.

Ties between Israel and the EU were not only strong regarding anti-terrorism cooperation, but in other fields as well, he said, maintaining that the EUs relationship with Israel is the most developed of any relationship the union has with any non-member country in the world.

The problem, he said, is that the relationship in its totality is under-exposed.

Few Israelis really understand the magnitude of the relationship that we have, and also that it are so mutually beneficial to us. Instead, there is a lot of focus on things we dont agree on, which is only 15-20% of the overall relationship.

According to the ambassador, it is important to get the proportion right.

Europe is a friend of Israel, in spite of the problems we have. We are fundamentally very strong supporters and friends, and we have a track record to back it up. I dont want that message to be drowned out in disagreement over certain issues, like the Palestinians.

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The Swiss foreign ministry announced that it suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestininian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to slash ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report from the paper SonntagsZeitung.

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the president of the Jerusalem-based NGO-Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, “This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue. In halting payment to WATC [Women Affairs Technical Committee] , the Swiss follow similar moves by Denmark and Holland. The radical Palestinian NGO is one of many funded by these countries through the Ramallah-based Human Rights Secretariat, with an annual budget of $4 million.”

He added, “A number of the recipients are affiliated with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terror organization. Having now frozen WATC funding, the question is whether the Swiss Federal Government will seriously re-examine participation in the very problematic Secretariat mechanism, and in other frameworks that misuse tax money under the facade of human rights and peace. ”

The Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat provides funds to the WATC, which named a youth center after a Palestinian terrorist. Critics of the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat say it glorifies Palestinian terrorism.

The Palestinian NGO also receives funds from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Swiss foreign ministry (EDA) said its internal investigation showed that the EDA did not directly funnel money to the WATC project. The payment of $36,000 for the Palestinian NGO was suspended and a definitive decision about a continued payment will be issued. A date for the decision was not cited in the Swiss media reports. Switzerland, which has hosted Hamas officials over the years, is not a member of the EU and has declined to outlaw Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist entities.

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Is there a blessing for the eclipse? – The Jerusalem Post

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As millions of Americans geared up for the rare solar eclipse that occurred on Monday, rabbis across the spectrum weighed in on the event and its significance.

For a wide swath of the United States, the sun was eclipsed at some point on Monday, leaving residents and those who traveled to see it in darkness for about two minutes. Its the first time in 38 years that an eclipse has touched the US.

There are Jewish blessings prescribed for seeing lightning, hearing thunder, viewing a rainbow or even smelling a flower. But what about witnessing an eclipse? Rabbi Joshua Heller, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Torah in Atlanta, Georgia which is just off the path of the eclipse wrote that there are two options of appropriate blessings to recite.

One is the blessing you would say upon witnessing an earthquake or tornado, which is Blessed is God, whose strength and power fill the world. The second option Heller considers is the more general Blessed is God, who performs the work of creation, which is said over thunder or a meteor shower.

According to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed of the Beit El Yeshiva, the former blessing is recited over scary events, while the latter is for more common, less frightening occurrences.

Is the solar eclipse a scary event? There are no direct dangers from the eclipses occurrence unlike with a tornado or earthquake. However, viewers can harm their eyes if they look directly at the sun, and the dangers of car accidents during those two minutes are certainly high.

But many rabbis have been wondering more allegorically if the eclipse is a bad omen for the Jewish people and perhaps should not occasion a blessing at all. After all, the Talmud in Tractate Sukka says that when the sun is eclipsed, it is a bad omen for the entire world.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau reportedly said in 2001 that since there was no Talmudic blessing prescribed for such an event, it could not be added today. He suggested instead reciting Psalms, particularly those praising Gods glory.

Others, however, ruled against reciting a blessing, because an eclipse is considered a bad omen. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher rebbe, said in 1957 that an eclipse is a bad sign and the result of human sin, as the Talmud says.

Rabbi Nicole Guzik, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, meanwhile, sees the eclipse as a reminder of the worlds beauty.

This world is a museum of Gods beauty, and if we are lucky enough to be active patrons, we will notice artwork that, prior, never caught our eye, she wrote on Facebook.

Gods artistry is ours to discover. Be it with the sun, moon or stars, may Gods light illuminate the many divine wonders just waiting to be enjoyed.

Rabbi Joshua Yuter, the former rabbi of The Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, who now lives in Jerusalem, said that while he has studied issues of superstition in Judaism, he didnt quite come up with an answer.

Though he shared the Talmudic sources with his followers on Twitter, he expressed some doubts that the eclipse should be viewed as a bad omen, especially considering the many contradictory sources on the topic.

Its possible they viewed these things theologically, Yuter told The Jerusalem Post, and its also possible it was their idea of science. Meaning, at the time the Talmud was written, the sages may not have understood that an eclipse is a predictable natural occurrence, the way we do today.

He pointed to another source, in Tractate Ketubot, which addresses all sorts of omens and the ways in which they can be interpreted differently.

They talk about various sorts of signs, portents, omens, he said, which people will interpret as they so choose.

While the discussions are plentiful, Yuter said what is missing is a call to action i.e., what to do when an eclipse occurs and hed rather not guess. I personally try not to engage in historical telepathy.

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Jerusalem’s chief rabbi criticizes pilgrimages to Uman on Rosh Hashana – The Jerusalem Post

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Every year, thousands of Jews travel to Uman where the founder of the Breslov hassidic dynasty Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is buried, with some 30,000 visiting the site last year. Nachman is seen as a saintly figure for his spiritual and mystical teachings, and the mass pilgrimages to his grave have dramatically increased since the end of the Communist era and the opening up of Eastern Europe.

In a letter published on Monday, however, Stern observed that the current generation is uniquely privileged to live in the Land of Israel and to be able to visit all the holy sites in the country, including the Western Wall, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Mount Meron.

But, behold, I hear of a massive organization of journeys to the burial sites of the righteous in non-Jewish lands, and not just on a weekday and for a vacation, but on Rosh Hashana, as if there, in particular, our prayers will be strengthened on the Day of Judgment, wrote Stern.

He added that despite claims that Nachman had said those who visit his grave on Rosh Hashana would be blessed, he was sure that the hassidic master did not mean those who were living in Israel.

No one should even think that he meant to say that people living in the holy land, the Land of Israel, where there is more blessing than any other place in the world [should go to his grave], said Stern.

The Land of Israel is holier than any other land and there is no better place for prayer in any part of it, and especially at the burial places of the patriarchs and the holy sages of the Talmud, needless to mention the Western Wall.

Stern is not the first prominent rabbi to criticize the mass exodus of religious Jews, principally but not only Breslov hassidim, to Uman for Rosh Hashana.

The late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of the most revered arbiters of Jewish law in recent times, said on more than one occasion that men should stay in Israel and celebrate Rosh Hashana with their wives and families.

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Jared Kushner Arrives In Jerusalem To Talk Peace – NPR

Haaretz Jared Kushner Arrives In Jerusalem To Talk Peace NPR Email. August 23, 20174:53 PM ET. Heard on All Things Considered. Presidential envoy Jared Kushner arrives in Jerusalem to take another attempt at restarting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. But relations have gotten even worse recently. The Hipster's Guide to East Jerusalem : Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community Haaretz Israeli police detains Palestinian in Jerusalem for possession of knife WAFA – Palestine News Agency Gravitating Towards Jerusalem ? Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (press release) Middle East Monitor  – The Jerusalem Post mobile website  – The Jerusalem Post all 258 news articles »

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Jerusalem freezes plan to build luxury villas on ancient village – The Times of Israel

A controversial plan to build luxury real estate in Lifta, a remarkably kept historic village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, has been frozen, but opponents say the plan isnt dead yet as it enjoys the backing of senior officials in city hall. The plan was taken off the agenda after the citys local planning committee chairman Meir Turgeman, who supports it, realized it was strongly opposed by a majority of the committees members during a hearing on the subject on August 9, according to records of the meeting and a member of the committee who spoke to The Times of Israel. Following the August 9 meeting, the Jerusalem Municipality released a statement saying, The plan was dropped from the agenda in order to undergo another professional examination. Once this examination is completed, it will be re-discussed by the Local Planning and Building Committee. The main reason for opposition to the plan by committee members was that it calls for some 200 high-cost villas to be built in the historically important landscape, rather than low-cost housing that could accommodate thousands in the congested capital. Israelis cool off at Lifta Spring in Jerusalem on April 26, 2016, as temperatures hit 40 degrees in some parts of the country. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) One source familiar with discussions of the plan, who wished to remain anonymous because he wasnt authorized to discuss the subject, said that the mayor and the people who work for the mayor are really determined to make this thing happen. The source said proponents of the plan are considering how to make this site more profitable for the city. An old olive press in Lifta, an abandonded Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. December 17, 2016. The city of Jerusalem plans to build villas and a shopping mall over the old village. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 The construction of the new neighborhood in Lifta was meant to begin years ago. But in 2012, opponents of the plan, including former residents and their descendants, Israeli academics, architects, members of the Society for the Protection of Nature, and recently expelled Jewish residents of Lifta, managed to win a temporary reprieve. The court revoked the building tender and ordered the Israeli Antiquities Authority IAA to conduct a thorough survey of the village. The IAA proceeded to carry out what Avi Mashiach, the conservation architect who led the survey, said in a statement to the Haaretz daily was the biggest, most complex and important survey ever carried out by the Antiquities Authority. It ended last December. The archaeologists found evidence of settlement in the site dating back thousands of years to the First Temple period, and were able, with the help of former Palestinian residents, to completely map out the evolution of the current village from a crusader farmhouse to a warren of connected buildings perched on the hills overlooking the valley. Nevertheless, after the survey, the Jerusalem municipality continued to back the plan for housing at the site, which it said, in a statement to The Times of Israel, would be revised to take the results of the archaeological survey into account. However, whatever revisions it planned were not made available to the public. The IAA survey of Lifta has also not been made available to the public. Mashiach and the coalition of opposition activists argued that no amount of careful planning could do justice to Lifta. Lifta from the Western entrance to Jerusalem, with Mitzpeh Naftoah sloping down from the Ramot neighborhood in the background (Wikimedia Commons/, CC BY-SA 3.0) Ilan Shtayer, one of the leaders of the coalition opposing the Lifta plan, said, We need to be sure that professionals and people making the decisions understand that this plan is dead. There are people who are trying to make it happen. He argued that during the IAA review there were no underground excavations, and there could perhaps be another 2,000 years of history underground. Yoav Yeivin, a member of the local planning committee and a Jerusalem city council member for the Hitorerut party, said he voted against the plan because we dont need 200 villas to ruin one of the most historical sites in Israel. Yoav Yeivin, Jerusalem city council member for Hitorerut movement. He has taken up the issues of East Jerusalem on his own accord. (Courtesy) I dont want a castle for a few rich people. I want an open place for the public, he added. Yeivin said he understood city halls desire to continue developing Jerusalem, and said he would vote for a plan that renewed the site intelligently. He recommended turning the village into a tourist site, similar to sites in Italy, by adding a few hotels and restaurants while maintaining and restoring the archaeological remains. The buildings at the site are in a state of disrepair, and many are in danger of collapsing. All sides agree that urgent action is needed to protect the history of the site. During the 1948 War of Independence, Lifta, due to its strategic location at the entrance to Jerusalem, was quickly enveloped in the battle. When the war was over, Lifta was empty, and it is a matter of historical debate whether the villagers had fled or were forced out. Since that time, most of the village has remained untouched and neglected. Today, Lifta is on the list of UNESCOs tentative world heritage sites for bearing unique testimony of the traditional village life. Thousands of the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta and their descendants continue to visit the village every year, and say they plan to return one day to live there.

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The Hipster’s Guide to East Jerusalem: Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community – Haaretz

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EU envoy: Israel can learn from Europe how to fight terrorism – The Jerusalem Post

Lars Faaborg Andersen. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Israel can learn from the European Union how to battle terrorism, and not only the other way around, according to outgoing EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen. On the eve of leaving Israel at the end of the month, after serving as EU ambassador for the last four years, Faaborg-Andersen told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that regarding anti-terrorism, We have a lot to learn from Israel, and Israel has a lot to learn from us. These comments run contrary to the conventional wisdom in Jerusalem that holds that when it comes to fighting terrorism, Israel because of its vast and painful experience can teach the Europeans, currently facing a surge of Islamist attacks in major cities, how to effectively fight the scourge. From the EU, Faaborg-Andersen said, Israel could learn that fighting terrorism is an endeavor that requires the whole tool box of instruments. He said that one of those tools is a strong security dimension, which Israel uses effectively. But, he added, there are other aspects involved as well, including de-radicalization, working with social services, and education. There are a whole lot of other elements, he said. In Europe we have adopted a holistic approach to fighting terrorism. I think Israel could have an interest in studying our experience in holistic approaches. Asked how he felt this approach was working in Europe, he responded by speaking of the difficulties in open societies of stamping terrorism out completely. At the same time, he said, there have been successes, and the manner in which Europe is battling terrorism is better than nothing, and much better than five years ago when a wave of terrorism started to hit its cities. We have now reached the level of preparedness for countering that kind of terror better than in the past, he argued. Faaborg-Andersen said that one of the main difficulties is getting the different bureaucracies with different organizational cultures to work together and exchange information and be one step ahead of the terrorists before they strike. Some agencies, he said, may have information that could lead to thwarting information, but that information is not shared. The Danish diplomat, who will now return to work for his countrys Foreign Ministry, said that he hears that Israel is providing the Europeans with very, very important information, including on Islamic State. For the most part, he added, that information flows into the national intelligence services of individual EU countries. Ties between Israel and the EU were not only strong regarding anti-terrorism cooperation, but in other fields as well, he said, maintaining that the EUs relationship with Israel is the most developed of any relationship the union has with any non-member country in the world. The problem, he said, is that the relationship in its totality is under-exposed. Few Israelis really understand the magnitude of the relationship that we have, and also that it are so mutually beneficial to us. Instead, there is a lot of focus on things we dont agree on, which is only 15-20% of the overall relationship. According to the ambassador, it is important to get the proportion right. Europe is a friend of Israel, in spite of the problems we have. We are fundamentally very strong supporters and friends, and we have a track record to back it up. I dont want that message to be drowned out in disagreement over certain issues, like the Palestinians. Share on facebook

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Switzerland stops funds to Palestinian NGO due to terrorism connection – The Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian flag is waved at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. (photo credit:MUAMMAR AWAD/REUTERS) The Swiss foreign ministry announced that it suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestininian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to slash ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report from the paper SonntagsZeitung. Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the president of the Jerusalem-based NGO-Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, “This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue. In halting payment to WATC [Women Affairs Technical Committee] , the Swiss follow similar moves by Denmark and Holland. The radical Palestinian NGO is one of many funded by these countries through the Ramallah-based Human Rights Secretariat, with an annual budget of $4 million.” He added, “A number of the recipients are affiliated with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terror organization. Having now frozen WATC funding, the question is whether the Swiss Federal Government will seriously re-examine participation in the very problematic Secretariat mechanism, and in other frameworks that misuse tax money under the facade of human rights and peace. ” The Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat provides funds to the WATC, which named a youth center after a Palestinian terrorist. Critics of the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat say it glorifies Palestinian terrorism. The Palestinian NGO also receives funds from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Swiss foreign ministry (EDA) said its internal investigation showed that the EDA did not directly funnel money to the WATC project. The payment of $36,000 for the Palestinian NGO was suspended and a definitive decision about a continued payment will be issued. A date for the decision was not cited in the Swiss media reports. Switzerland, which has hosted Hamas officials over the years, is not a member of the EU and has declined to outlaw Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist entities. Share on facebook

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Is there a blessing for the eclipse? – The Jerusalem Post

Solar eclipse 370. (photo credit:REUTERS) As millions of Americans geared up for the rare solar eclipse that occurred on Monday, rabbis across the spectrum weighed in on the event and its significance. For a wide swath of the United States, the sun was eclipsed at some point on Monday, leaving residents and those who traveled to see it in darkness for about two minutes. Its the first time in 38 years that an eclipse has touched the US. There are Jewish blessings prescribed for seeing lightning, hearing thunder, viewing a rainbow or even smelling a flower. But what about witnessing an eclipse? Rabbi Joshua Heller, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Torah in Atlanta, Georgia which is just off the path of the eclipse wrote that there are two options of appropriate blessings to recite. One is the blessing you would say upon witnessing an earthquake or tornado, which is Blessed is God, whose strength and power fill the world. The second option Heller considers is the more general Blessed is God, who performs the work of creation, which is said over thunder or a meteor shower. According to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed of the Beit El Yeshiva, the former blessing is recited over scary events, while the latter is for more common, less frightening occurrences. Is the solar eclipse a scary event? There are no direct dangers from the eclipses occurrence unlike with a tornado or earthquake. However, viewers can harm their eyes if they look directly at the sun, and the dangers of car accidents during those two minutes are certainly high. But many rabbis have been wondering more allegorically if the eclipse is a bad omen for the Jewish people and perhaps should not occasion a blessing at all. After all, the Talmud in Tractate Sukka says that when the sun is eclipsed, it is a bad omen for the entire world. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau reportedly said in 2001 that since there was no Talmudic blessing prescribed for such an event, it could not be added today. He suggested instead reciting Psalms, particularly those praising Gods glory. Others, however, ruled against reciting a blessing, because an eclipse is considered a bad omen. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher rebbe, said in 1957 that an eclipse is a bad sign and the result of human sin, as the Talmud says. Rabbi Nicole Guzik, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, meanwhile, sees the eclipse as a reminder of the worlds beauty. This world is a museum of Gods beauty, and if we are lucky enough to be active patrons, we will notice artwork that, prior, never caught our eye, she wrote on Facebook. Gods artistry is ours to discover. Be it with the sun, moon or stars, may Gods light illuminate the many divine wonders just waiting to be enjoyed. Rabbi Joshua Yuter, the former rabbi of The Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, who now lives in Jerusalem, said that while he has studied issues of superstition in Judaism, he didnt quite come up with an answer. Though he shared the Talmudic sources with his followers on Twitter, he expressed some doubts that the eclipse should be viewed as a bad omen, especially considering the many contradictory sources on the topic. Its possible they viewed these things theologically, Yuter told The Jerusalem Post, and its also possible it was their idea of science. Meaning, at the time the Talmud was written, the sages may not have understood that an eclipse is a predictable natural occurrence, the way we do today. He pointed to another source, in Tractate Ketubot, which addresses all sorts of omens and the ways in which they can be interpreted differently. They talk about various sorts of signs, portents, omens, he said, which people will interpret as they so choose. While the discussions are plentiful, Yuter said what is missing is a call to action i.e., what to do when an eclipse occurs and hed rather not guess. I personally try not to engage in historical telepathy. Share on facebook

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Jerusalem’s chief rabbi criticizes pilgrimages to Uman on Rosh Hashana – The Jerusalem Post

Men gesticulate on the banks of a lake in Uman in September 2010.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Every year, thousands of Jews travel to Uman where the founder of the Breslov hassidic dynasty Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is buried, with some 30,000 visiting the site last year. Nachman is seen as a saintly figure for his spiritual and mystical teachings, and the mass pilgrimages to his grave have dramatically increased since the end of the Communist era and the opening up of Eastern Europe. In a letter published on Monday, however, Stern observed that the current generation is uniquely privileged to live in the Land of Israel and to be able to visit all the holy sites in the country, including the Western Wall, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Mount Meron. But, behold, I hear of a massive organization of journeys to the burial sites of the righteous in non-Jewish lands, and not just on a weekday and for a vacation, but on Rosh Hashana, as if there, in particular, our prayers will be strengthened on the Day of Judgment, wrote Stern. He added that despite claims that Nachman had said those who visit his grave on Rosh Hashana would be blessed, he was sure that the hassidic master did not mean those who were living in Israel. No one should even think that he meant to say that people living in the holy land, the Land of Israel, where there is more blessing than any other place in the world [should go to his grave], said Stern. The Land of Israel is holier than any other land and there is no better place for prayer in any part of it, and especially at the burial places of the patriarchs and the holy sages of the Talmud, needless to mention the Western Wall. Stern is not the first prominent rabbi to criticize the mass exodus of religious Jews, principally but not only Breslov hassidim, to Uman for Rosh Hashana. The late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of the most revered arbiters of Jewish law in recent times, said on more than one occasion that men should stay in Israel and celebrate Rosh Hashana with their wives and families. Share on facebook

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