Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Eilat airport to begin operations January 22, 2019

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On Being Cautious

The Talmud says: "A wise person is one who sees the outcome."

A wise person will cautiously weigh his or her actions to make certain that the outcome will not be problematic.

Of course, it is important to develop a balanced attitude towards being cautious. Being overly cautious will waste much time and will prevent you from accomplishing. Not being sufficiently cautious will cause you many problems.

In what ways might you be more cautious than necessary? And
in what ways are you not as cautious as you should be?

Love Yehuda Lave

New Eilat airport to begin operations January 22, 2019

The airport will begin with domestic flights by Arkia and Israir, with international airlines using it at a later stage.

Ramon Airport near Eilat, named after Ilan and Assaf Ramon, will be inaugurated on January 22, 2019, Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz announced today. In the first stage, domestic commercial flights will be conducted by Arkia Airlines Ltd. and Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd., after which flights by international airlines will also be introduced.

The official inaugural ceremony will be attended by Katz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Airports Authority director general Yaakov Ganot, the Ramon family, ambassadors, and other dignitaries.


The Airports Authority will publish the flight schedule for Ramon Airport soon. Flights will be introduced gradually until the complete transition from the terminal in central Eilat to the new terminal outside the town. The Airports Authority will later publish the flight schedule for international flights.

Katz decided to expedite construction of the airport after many years of delay in approving the project. The new airport is the first to be built in Israel since the country became independent. Katz said that the new airport would serve Israel as an additional international airport and an alternative to Ben Gurion Airport in an emergency, instead of the current alternative airports in Larnaca and Amman.

The new airport cost NIS 1.7 billion to build, with one third of the cost of the project being paid for by the sale of the land on which the old airport in Eilat is located, one third by the Israel Airports Authority, and one third from other external sources.

Commenting on the recent death of Rona Ramon, Ilan Ramon's widow, Katz said, "Rona Ramon was an Israeli symbol. When we inaugurate the airport, Rona will be there specially with us and with Ilan, Assaf, and their friends. May her memory be blessed." Katz added that Rona Ramon took her personal pain and made it a strength and her life's work in education and supporting the cause of young people. "When I told her that I had decided to name the new airport in Ramat Timna near Eilat, the first civilian airport built since the state was founded, after her husband, Ilan, and her son, Assaf, no one could have been happier than she," he said.

Aliyah Rose 5% In 2018

Jewish Aliyah (immigration) to Israel rose 5% in 2018 compared with 2017, the Jewish Agency reports. 29,600 immigrants reached Israel in 2018, up from 28,220 in 2017.

There were 3,550 immigrants to Israel from North America, a similar number to last year. The main reason for the rise was a 45% jump in immigration from Russia with 10,500 immigrants coming to Israel in 2018. 6,500 immigrants arrived from Ukraine this year, down 9% from 2017.

Shrine of the Book The home of the Dead Sea Scrolls is an abstract modernist dream.

Jerusalem, Israel

Housing the ancient biblical parchments known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel's Shrine of the Book surrounds the crumbling artifacts in a surreal modern womb built specifically to rotate the delicate pages for viewing. 


The bulbous museum was constructed in 1965 specifically to house the scrolls which had just been discovered a few years earlier. The exterior of the shrine is a rounded peak with sculpted striations rippling up its walls. The strangely organic edifice belies the true grandeur of the site as well since the shrine actually extends well into the ground. Across from the white exterior is a black, basalt wall. The two features are meant to represent a specific scroll that talks about the "Sons of Light," represented by the shrine itself, and "Sons of Darkness," represented by the squat back wall.

Inside the surprisingly spacious shrine, selected Dead Sea Scrolls are on display year round. There are glass cases on the outer ring of the shrine that contain pages, but it is the central display which is made to look like a giant Torah scroll, complete with handle, that dominates the space. More pages of the scrolls are displayed in a spinning lit ring that circles the giant scroll. Due to the fragility of the scrolls, the displayed pages are cycled out on a regular basis so that no one section deteriorates from being displayed.

The Shrine of the Book is a part of the Israel Museum but it stands alone as both a unique architectural experience and a one of a kind religious pilgrimage.


RABBI ELI MANSOUR on Parasat Shemot

  In Parashat Shemot, we read the story about the birth of Moshe Rabeinu who is the future redeemer of the Jewish nation from Egypt, and we read how Pharaoh makes a decree that all newborn boys be thrown into the Nile. Moshe's mother Yocheved did her best to hide and protect Moshe, but when no longer able, she then placed Moshe in a small Teva (floating box) and drifted him away in the Nile.  The story goes on and the Parasha writes that Batya, the daughter of Pharaoh went down to the Nile to bathe and came upon this floating Teva. She extended her arm, fetched the Teva and found a small boy. The Pasuk writes 'ViHeene Na'ar Boche', and behold the lad was crying. Pharaoh's daughter then had mercy on this boy and took him as her own. She did this even though she believed the boy Jewish for who else would be floating down the Nile.   The Ba'al HaTurim (Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher 1270-1340) has a very powerful insight on the Pasuk that says 'ViHeene Na'ar Boche' (and behold the lad was crying.) He says that it was not Moshe who was crying but rather Moshe's brother Aharon who was watching nearby in the bank of the river. The term 'Na'ar' refers to the voice of a boy. Aharon was watching the fate of Moshe Rabeinu and was crying for he believed that Moshe was being led to an ultimate death. The explanation then might be that Batya heard someone else crying, and consequently figured this must be a Jewish boy for crying for others was a Jewish trait. Jewish people by nature commiserate with each other and they share in each other's sorrow and they carry each other's burdens.   The Ba'al HaTurim concludes and says that the words 'Na'ar Boche' numerically equal the same as 'Zeh Aharon HaKohen' which literally means 'this is Aharon HaKohen'.   We learn a great lesson from this episode where Aharon cried for the fate of his brother Moshe. When we see and hear of stories, whether in Israel or in any other place else in the Jewish world, when our brethren come under hard times we should not simply waive it by or say 'what a shame.' We must actually commiserate and feel their pain and be prompted into action to do something about it.  

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