For those of you who are so inclined, can I ask you to daven (pray) for a refuah shleimah (complete recovery) for a few members of my family? It could really be used.
My father (Chaim Dovid Ephraim ben Chana)
My grandfather (Michoel Eliezer ben Shayna Leah)
My grandmother (Sarah bas Baila Rivkah)
Just a short video for ANZAC Day.
Lest we forget.
As you may have heard, Sydney Uni SRC has adopted a motion to support the boycott of the Technion, as part of the BDS campaign against Israel.
Please take 15 seconds out of your day to sign the petition on the link below, to let the SRC know that we are more than upset with their decision, and that nothing short of a full revocation of the motion will suffice!
Well, now that Yom Ha’atzmaut is truly over here, I suppose it’s time to reflect.
Last night I went to a special tefillah at my shule and then to a concert sponsored by the community. The concert was a fun, self deprecating exhibition of Israeli culture. It included quite a few speeches, short comedy performances, a video message from the Shnat kids in Israel and two songs (accompanied by dances) from each decade of Israel’s existence. The song that the concert ended on was מי שמאמין לא מפחד.
To me, this perfectly summarises what I believe Yom Ha’atzmaut is all about. It’s about recognising the miracles of Israel’s existence and giving thanks to God. It’s about realising that Israel’s independence is not just historically or politically important to the Jewish people and the world, but has a great religious significance.
The creation of the Jewish state is the fulfilment of a 2,000 year old dream and even though we have not reached the Geulah Shleimah, Israel is ראשית צמיחת גאולתנו.
That’s why to me, celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut with a special Tefillah and Hallel is so important. Essentially, it’s a Chag and we should treat it with the respect that it deserves, rather than just eating Felafel and wearing blue and white.
When an official body like the local and federal Zionist council (by no means Orthodox organisations) decide to end the evening’s festivities with a song recognising Hashem, it proves to me that we’re really in אתחלתא דגאולה and will merit to see the גאולה שלמה במהרה בימינו אמן.
we were taught about how David and Jonathan were ~best bros~
when this was
not the case
I’m planning on researching this thoroughly and writing an article titled “the homoerotic subtext of David and Jonathan: a fallacy”. Here’s a sneak peek of one of my ideas. After David died it says that he was ישר בעיני ה- straight in the eyes of God.
Chag Atzmaut Sameach!
Today, the state of Israel honors the memory of its fallen, our soldiers and our people who fell in Israel’s wars and in the terrorist attacks.
From the moment the state was established, it has not ceased to wish for peace with its neighbors, and to the same degree, its enemies have not ceased from their aspiration to wipe it off the face of the earth
We are here thanks to Israel’s fighters who joined the struggle for our existence, thanks to those who survived the wars and thanks to those who fell. We do not forget, even for a second, that we are here thanks to the fallen
Today, while the accumulated threats against the State of Israel are greater than in the past, both the IDF and our security services are stronger than ever. We will continue to strengthen our security, we will continue to aspire for peace with our neighbors, and we will continue to ensure the future of our country. Thank you
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.