Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sukkot information with things to do (starts Sunday night the 13th) and Holocaust Survivors in the Same Line at Auschwitz Meet 72 Years Later and Ambassador Friedman wishes a sweet new Year and US AMBASSADOR KELLY CRAFT and two dead in Germany in Yom Kippur shooting

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Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works  with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money,  and spiritual engagement

There is a tradition to use the Hebrew letters of the year as an abbreviation for תהא שנת "may this year be" and then use the letter for the new year.

This year is Pey "פ" which is a great letter for things that have to do with learning: Pesukin - verses, Peirushim - Explanations, Perakim- chapters and Peulot Petzatzot - explosive (fig.) actions!

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Sukkot information (starts Sunday night the 13th)

 Sukkot in Jerusalem 2019 Events

Sukkot, considered one of the happiest times in the Jewish calendar, comes out 15 days after the Jewish new year and five days after Yom Kippur. It is the first harvest festival of the year, and it also commemorates the 40 years of wandering the Israelites underwent in the desert on their way to Canaan, the promised land. During the time of the temples in Jerusalem, people came to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage (called an aliyah leregel – ascending by foot) for this festival with fruits and other gifts to offer as sacrifices in the temple.

Within an hour or two of the fast of Yom Kippur ending, you can hear hammering and drilling around town. Many of Jerusalem's residents seize the opportunity to prepare for Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, by building their sukkot, the temporary structures in which Jews dwell for the seven days of the holiday.

To be exact, the last day, although attached to Sukkot, is a different holiday, namely Simchat Torah, the day that celebrates the completion of the annual cycle, the reading of the Torah. It is commemorated with much singing and dancing at synagogues – and even on the streets – with Torah scrolls, throughout Jerusalem, Israel, and the entire Jewish world.

This year Sukkot begins before sundown October 13, and it ends after sundown on October 20. Sukkot is one of the most vibrant times of the year in Jerusalem. Here is an overview of the annual events that take place in Jerusalem over Sukkot. You are more than welcome to come and join in the festivities!

Sukkot in Jerusalem 2019 Events

Museums & Attractions Sukkot activity for the whole family at Menachem Begin Heritage Center

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center puts in motion the Sukkot events of 2019, with numerous unique and unprecedented activities for the children and the adults who accompany them. Among them:

  • Theatrical tour describing the Israeli leaders, performed by professional actors
  • Visiting the audio-visual museum that will introduce the complicated character of Menachem Begin
  • Guided tours in the museum per demand
  • An impressive theatrical tour that will take you to the heart of the Jewish Quarter
  • "Manny's Glasses": New festive play especially for the children.

When: October 15-17,
Sh.A. Nakhon St 6, Jerusalem

  • 072-3385023

Contact Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Visit Plugat Hakotel – Western Wall Squad


Don't miss this special activity, taking place in Sukkot this year, at Plugat Hakotel Museum. A new exhibition in the heart of the Jewish Quarter and an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
So what to expect from the new museum exhibition? You'll learn about the struggle of Plugar Hakotel (Western Wall Squad) and the activity of Jewish soldiers in the Old City and the British rule. The story will be told through a highly engaging, 35-minutes long movie. It'll create a feeling of living under constant threat to your life. While visiting the exhibition, you'll experience the bravery of the squad members, who operated under the ideology that the Jewish tradition must be preserved.

Further information and tickets – on the event page.

When: October 15-17
Where: The Jewish Street and Plugat Hakotel intersection, the Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

  • 0723-932805

Contact Plugat Hakotel Museum


Annual Kite-Flying Festival at the Israel Museum


Get into the holidays' spirit with the 33rd Kite-Flying Festival in Jerusalem. Every year kite enthusiasts from all around the country gather at the Israel Museum for a special event dedicated to kite-building and kite-flying. The Israel Museum will be hosting kite-making workshops in the morning and afternoon hours. The day's highlight is an excellent kite-flying experience, where the museum's skies turn into a colorful carpet of shapes and freedom. 

Additionally, the museum invites you to enjoy:

  • Street performances of "Limits" Group
  • Guided exciting tour in the museum

Where: The Israel Museum, Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem
When: October 15-17 (the Kite-Flying Festival will take place on the 15th)

  • 072-3281872

Contact Israel Museum


Extreme Sukkot at the Old City


The company for East Jerusalem Development invites you to celebrate Chol HaMoed Sukkot with your entire family! The company offers some of the best tourist attractions in the Jewish Quarter. Join a fascinating theatrical tour or take a self-guided tour around Zedekiah's Cave. Admire the breathtaking views from the Northern and Southern routes of the Ramparts Walk surrounding the Old City, or challenge yourself with an exhilarating outdoor rappelling adventure!

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and water.

When: October 15-17, 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Zedekiah's Cave – Sultan Suliman Street; Ramparts Walk (both routes) – Jaffa Gate
Cost: Self-track – 10 ILS; Extreme track – 30 ILS

Contact the Southern Ramparts: 

  • 072-3290703

Contact the Northern Ramparts:

  • 072-3290759

Contact Zedekia's Cave: 

  • 072-3281217

Contact The company for East Jerusalem Development


Happy Sukkot at City of David

Photo: City of David

The city of David is one of Jerusalem's most visited attractions, and they have tons of fascinating activities and surprises for the whole family. So what's waiting for you?

King of the Valley Festival

Join a unique festival at Kidron Valley. The festival will host arts and crafts workshops and activities for children, such as flute making, mosaic making, pita bread baking, camel riding, and free tours for the whole family exploring the most famous stories about Jerusalem and the City of David.

When: October 14-20, 11 AM – 5:30 PM

Archeological Experience at Zurim National Park

Become an archeologist for a day at the Emek Tzurim Archeological Park, located in the City of David. Visitors have already discovered plenty of valuable findings, including an ancient Egyptian amulet from the Pharaonic Period and rare pieces of jewelry. However, there is so much more to discover – come and help unfold history!

Attractions at City of David National Park

Plenty of great attractions during Chol HaMoed at City of David National Park:

  • 072-3932823

Contact City of David

Adventurous Tour of the biblical City of Daviddetails & booking
Peace Forest Segway Toursdetails & booking
From the City of David to the Corner of the Western Wall – A time travel tour – details & booking
Halleluiah – Nighttime Light Show on the Old City Walls – details & booking

Sukkot at the Tower of David Museum


Sukkot at the Tower of David Museum (Photo: Ilana Silverman Richter)

The Tower of David Museum celebrates Sukkot with a large variety of family and kid-friendly activities:

  • The orchestra's visit to the Tower of David: a musical celebration for kids that will take place during Sukkot. The little ones will experience music all around the ancient fort, with inspiring encounters, challenging tasks, workshops, and games
  • Wall Stories during Sukkot: We are invited to a tour on the Old City Walls, suitable for the whole family, accompanied by songs and stories. During the visit, we'll get to know about characters who had left their marks on Jerusalem. It includes as Moshe Montefiore, who founded the amazing neighborhoods of Neve Shaananim and Yamin Moshe beyond the wall. Another colorful person – Suleiman the Magnificent who built the walls and the gates of Jerusalem that stand to this very day. Additionally, we'll hear fascinating stories about the different quarters in the city, getting to know part of the gates of the Old City.


Orchestra's visit:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 15-17, 2019

11am – 5pm

Stories of Wall:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 15-17, 2019

15:00 – 17:00

Where:  The Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem

Cost: Children – FREE! (not including VR tour)

  • 072-3932827

Contact Tower of David Museum

Sukkot with Herzl at Herzl Museum

Photo: Herzl Museum

120 year ago, Herzl visited Jerusalem during Sukkot holiday. Herzl Museum celebrates this historical event and welcomes everyone to join a variety of different attractions and activities:

  • The Herzl Museum featuring a spectacular audio-visual display – 8:45-17:00
  • "Herzl said" – a theatrical family tour suitable for children age of 6 – 10:30-11:00
  • "If you will it" – a theatrical family tour suitable for children age of 9 – 14:30-13:00
  • The Race to Zionism – Game of completing tasks and navigation for families – 09:00-16:00
  • Creativity area in the children's sukkah for ages 3-7 – 9:00-16:00
  • Digital Riddle Game – 9:00-16:00
  • Photography and photo magnets stand – 9:00-16:00
  • And much more!

When: October 15-18
Where: Herzl Museum, Herzl Avenue, Jerusalem

  • 072-3944542

Contact Herzl Museum

Ammunition Hill Activities during Sukkot – Chol HaMoed


The Ammunition Hill memorial site welcomes you to enjoy plenty of sukkot activities:

  • The exciting audio-visual performance, the unique Memorial Hall, and the guided tours at the preserve battle site.
  • The spectacular new museum, where you can order guided and independent visit with audio kits.
  • During the festive activities, "speaking-warriors," the veterans of the battle for Jerusalem will join the museum's staff.
  • Sukkot for the little ones.
  • A green garden with a picnic and rest area.

When: October 15-17, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Ammunition Hill, 5 Zalman Shragai St, Jerusalem
Cost: adults – 25 ILS; children – 30 ILS. Reserve for a special family price.

Please call for details regarding prices for individuals and families and reserving places in the guided tours during the day. Participation is subjected to available spots.

  • +972-72-3281861

Contact Ammunition Hill

Sukkot Happening at Yvel Design Center

Stop in for an inspiring guided tour and witness Yvel's unique combination of quality Israeli creation, Zionism and social-contribution.

Special Sukkot Event at Tuesday-Friday on Chol HaMoe'ed will include:

  • Guided tour at the factory and the jewelry school
  • Live music
  • Wine tasting & cheese buffet
  • Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at the Megemeria Craft Center

When: Tues-Thurs 9am-5.30pm
Fri 9am-1pm
Where: 1 Yechiel M. Steinberg St., Jerusalem

  • 072-3944549

Contact Yvel

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Night Harvest at Beit Avi Chai

Beit Avi Chai is celebrating Sukkot with two musical events just before the holidays' end.

The sacred chanting circle with guest performing bands

A joined gig of Yishay Ribo and Elad Tzitrin, as part of a traditional Hoshana Rabbah celebration.

When: October 19, starting 21:00
Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
Cost: 40 ILS for the chanting circle, 40 ILS for the Yishay Ribo and Elad Tzitrin performance

  • 072-3281853

Contact Beit Avi Chai

Chol HaMoed Sukkot at Old Yishuv Court Museum

Photo: Yael Herman

Known and less known characters of Jerusalem are meeting up in the Old Yishuv Court Museum.

Who stole the Oud from Osheriko the Eastern Music prodigy? Who's the known wagon-driver from Jerusalem who has gained the Abu Shosha village bandits'patronage? And if you'll get lucky, you can receive special treatment from Plomba the witch, who brings back old loves and chases demons away…

When: October 15-17. Activities for the whole family starting from 11:00, guided tours around the exhibitions from 14:00, pictures of Jerusalem at 12:00.
Where: Or HaHayim St 6Jerusalem

Cost: a ticket for the whole family for only 40 ILS

  • 072-3932798

Contact Old Yishuv Court Museum

Tours at the Visitor Center in Jerusalem Municipality

Photo: Hannah Abady

The Authority of Quality of Service and the Visitor Center of the Jerusalem Municipality invites you to join guided tours at Safra Square during Chol HaMoed Sukkot. The tour will include visiting the City Hall and its historical buildings, meaningful statues, and fascinating street adornments.  There will also be a lookout on Jerusalem's most ancient and newest neighborhoods and a visit to the Model House which displays a mini model of the City Center.


Tuesday, October 15th

10:00, 12:00, 14:00: Hebrew

12:00: French and English

Wednesday, October 16th

10:00, 12:00, 14:00: Hebrew

12:00 English

Meeting Point: Rest area, outside Building #3, Safra Square
Cost: Free, no reservation needed

A Festival of Writing at the Bible Lands Museum

Photo: Molly Kai

The Bible Lands Museum has an extraordinary festival for Sukkot: a festival dedicated to the art of writing and the beauty of the written word. Explore the ancient Hebrew writing through tours, workshops, and engaging activities in the spirit of the holiday with the whole family.

Every child will get a unique notebook upon entering the museum. They'll use it while moving through the different stages of writing in history. Together we'll get to know the Cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, ancient Hebrew and other sources of writings from the Ancient Times.

Where: 21 Shmuel Stefan Wise Street, Jerusalem
When: October 15-17, 10:00-16:00
Cost: Child (Age 3 and above) – 32 ILS | More than 3 children – 29 ILS per ticket | Adult – 44 ILS | Senior (with ID) – 22 ILS | Members (with ID) – Free

  • +972-72-3281846

Purchase Tickets

Contact Bible Lands Museum


Live the Bible


Visiting the Jewish Quarter? Why not stop for a second and Live the Bible? This fun tourist attraction will take you back to the stories of the Bible through props and costumes that will make you experience the Bible from a new perspective altogether.

Special offer for the holidays:  

Where: 58 Chabad St, Jerusalem
When: During Sukkot & Chol HaMoed

  • + 972-72-3290723

Contact Live the Bible


Indenpendent documentary journalist, Sandi Bachom, shared this incredible photo on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

Today is #YomHaShoah #HolocaustRemembranceDay. In 1944, the year I was born, my friends Werner and Walter were tattooed 10 numbers apart in #Auschwitz. Because of a Facebook miracle I was able to film their first meeting 72 years later. #NeverAgain


Social Media news channel NowThis produced the interview segment with these two survivors and their story is worth a watch (embedded below). Even though they were in the same line a mere 10 people apart, this is the first time the two ever met.

Ambassador David Friedman and embassy staff wishing everyone a sweet New Year....Shana Tova

I can't copy the funny and excellent video from David Friedman, but if yo go to this site it has it and you can watch it!



President Trump's newly-appointed ambassador to the UN gives a beautiful summary of the US's pro-Israel relationship, and condemns the majority negative and biased attitude prevalent in the UN. Kudos to Kelly Craft, and to President Trump for appointing someone to speak his & her mind, and the mind of all reasonable Americans, pro-israel and her value and accomplishments!

Germany: Two dead in 'anti-Semitic' Yom Kippur shooting

October 09, 2019, 9:01 PM - latest revision October 09, 2019, 9:18 PMSebastian Willnow/AFPA body laying in the street as police block off the area around the site of a shooting in Halle, Germany

The identities of the victims were not immediately known

Two people were shot dead in the German city of Halle on Wednesday as a suspected white supremacist targeted Jews marking the holy day of Yom Kippur.

Police said the "perpetrators fled in a car", adding later that one suspect had been caught.

Jewish community leader Max Privorotzki, who was in the Halle synagogue, said that "we saw through the camera of our synagogue that a heavily armed perpetrator wearing a steel helmet and rifle was trying to shoot open our door."

"The man looked like he was from the special forces. But our doors held firm," he said. "We barricaded our doors from inside and waited for the police," he said, adding that "in between, we carried on with our service."

The gunman, a twenty-something German national, has reportedly recorded the attacks on a head-mounted camera, uploading the footage online accompanied by an antisemitic extremist rant.  

It is understood that a woman was gunned down in front of the synagogue while another man was killed in a Turkish restaurant about 600 meters away from the synagogue.

Two people also suffered serious bullet wounds in the attack. The identities of the victims were not immediately known.

Between 70 and 80 people were in the synagogue on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. A hand grenade was also flung into a Jewish cemetery.

"Based on current information, we have to assume that it was at least an anti-semitic attack," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. "According to the federal prosecutors' office, there are enough indications that it was possibly a right-wing extremist motive. They have taken over the investigations."

Germany has been on high alert following several attacks in recent years, including neo-Nazi plots.

"It is terrible news from Halle and I hope very much that the police will manage to catch the perpetrator or perpetrators as quickly as possible," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said.

See you tomorrow bli neder--Hope you had a meaningful Yom Kippur and now we look forward to Sukkot

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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