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From Russia, to Kever Yosef in Sh'chem
Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar and with a group of oligarchs from Russia, close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, came to Kever Yosef in Shchem to offer special prayers. The special delegation was hosted at Kever Yosef and the Shomron by Shomron Regional Council Chairman Gershon Mesika, Rabbi Eliakim Levanon,Regional Rabbi, and IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier General Rabbi Rafi Peretz.
Shomron Regional Council head Mesika said: "We learn from Yosef that all of us, all of Israel, are brothers. We are privileged to settle the inheritance of Yosef and pray at this holy place. We look forward to a full return here to the kever of Yosef." IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier General Rabbi Rafi Peretz called on the public to add a prayer of the kever of Yosef Hatzaddik for the success of IDF soldiers wherever they are.
French Media Seminar at Gush Katif Museum
Leading up to seven years since the Expulsion from Gush Katif, the consequences and implications, the French media participated in a seminar at the Gush Katif Museum in Yerushalayim. At the seminar, psychologist Eliyahu Ackerman gave the participants tools to understand how it was possible to carry out the expulsion - by preparing the public with the media backing the government. Rabbi Uri Sherki of Machon Meir shared his experiences from the Gush Katif expulsion. A panel was held moderated by Meir Ben Hayon formerly of Arutz Sheva's French website. The seminar initiated by Meir Ben-Hayon, and contributed greatly to the outreach and dissemination of Gush Katif Museum values to the French public.
Rina Ackerman's One-Man Show
A solo performance based on Rina Ackerman's personal and exciting story: immigration from France, construction of her home, bearing children and making the desert bloom in Gush Katif. Her personal story is intertwined with that of her extended family: Holocaust and Chasidism and later deportation, coping and anticipating the Redemption. Rina's performance takes place on Tuesday the 20th of Tammuz (10/7) at Gush Katif Museum 5 Shaare Zedek Street Jerusalem. Tickets are limited. A women-only presentation; admission free. For details, phone 02-6255456 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
On desolate Mount Zion – Even Hash'siya (Foundation Stone) violated by the Arabs
Drinking Stone - the rock under the Dome of the Rock, is currently a typical building site, replete with buckets of dirt, dust, beams and iron bars as part of the Waqf's extensive renovation of the dome roof and walls. State authorities are no longer trying to control this place, which are forbidden for anyone who is not Muslim.
For years Muslims preserved the honor of this rock, Even HaSh'siya (Foundation Stone). Now, for the first time, the situation changed, and as part of extensive renovation work on the Temple Mount by the Waqf, scaffolding is placed directly on the rock to allow workers to reach the roof of the dome.
Archaeologist Ayelet Mazar, a member of the Committee Against Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, is very frustrated: "We do not stop being concerned about the archaeological situation on the Temple Mount: lack of supervision, destruction of antiquities, and the fact that the state authorities who are trusted to maintain the antiquities are simply not there."