Bennett votes against bill to expel terrorists’ families, ‘sold his soul to terror supporters’ and 8 Fascinating Facts About Serach, Daughter of Asher By Menachem Posner and The seven Noahide Laws and This is the lovely “Honeymoon Bridge” which once spanned the Niagara river, just below Niagara and Horseshoe falls and Bennett Orders 4th Vaccination Round for 60+, Immunosuppressed, Medical Teams By David Israel and the portion of Shmot tomorrow
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday night instructed the Health Minister and the HMOs to prepare for a fourth Corona vaccination campaign for people 60 and older, the immunosuppressants, and healthcare workers – four months after they received the third dose. The move was recommended by the epidemiologists at the Health Ministry and the final decision will be made by the ministry's director-general, Prof. Nachman Ash.
Bennett welcomed the epidemiologists' recommendation, saying it was "wonderful news that will help us get through the wave of Omicron that's sweeping the world. Don't waste time – get vaccinated." He added that "Israeli citizens were the first in the world to receive the third vaccination, and we continue to lead with the fourth round."
Kan 11 News reported Tuesday night about a possible outbreak in nursing homes after 50 staff members and 20 residents became infected in the last two weeks.
The first Israeli died from the Omicron variant on Monday. The man, 75, was a patient in the coronavirus unit at Be'er Sheva's Soroka Medical Center (Israel Records First Omicron Death).
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Tuesday night: "Our priorities toward the Omicron are protecting the elderly who are the most vulnerable group, and the medical staff. There's no need to wait, go get vaccinated. It is the most effective measure against the corona."
The decision to give the third vaccination, the booster, was made at the end of July, but the Health Ministry's professionals were presented with findings on a decrease in the effectiveness of the third dose in preventing infection. Following these findings, most staff members supported the administration of a fourth vaccine dose to the risk groups.
The ministerial committee on fighting the coronavirus (the Corona Cabinet) on Tuesday night decided on the following restrictions:
MALLS AND COMMERCIAL FACILITIES
Malls will operate on the Purple Badge format, according to the occupancy ratio of 1:15 (one person per 15 square meters)
Entry to stores larger than 100 square meters – both in open facilities and in malls and closed shopping facilities – will be allowed subject to the presentation of a Green Pass. The Green Pass requirement will also apply to the employees of these stores
Food stalls in malls will provide takeaway service only to customers upon presentation of a Green Pass
Entry to restaurants inside malls will be upon presentation of a Green Pass, according to the current format for restaurants
The Green Pass in malls and commercial facilities will not apply to places that provide essential services, which will continue to operate according to the current format (Purple Badge, occupancy ratio of 1:7).
THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
Grades 1-12 in red and orange communities – only classes in which at least 70% of pupils have received the first dose of the vaccine – will have frontal learning. Classes in which less than 70% of pupils have been vaccinated will learn online
This decision will apply to middle schools and high schools (grades 7-12) effective immediately and in primary schools (grades 1-6) in three weeks. Until then, primary schools will enact a policy of reducing contacts
In green and yellow communities, the education system will continue as normal, subject to the "Magen Chinuch" and Green Classroom plans
The decisions will take effect following approval of the relevant regulations and are subject to approval by the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and the Knesset Education Committee
IT WAS ALSO DECIDED:
During January, state financing for antigen tests for children for the Green Pass will cease. (The state will continue to finance antigen tests for the immuno-compromised of all ages)
It will be possible to receive a Green Pass for up to one month following inoculation with the first dose, in order to enter the education system and facilities to which the Green Pass applies but not to receive an exemption from quarantine. This decision will take effect following the completion of the necessary adjustments to Health Ministry computers
PCR sampling will be carried out twice a week for workers without Green Passes in the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs external frameworks including institutions for the elderly, people with disabilities, children and youth frameworks, etc.
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Bennett votes against bill to expel terrorists' families, 'sold his soul to terror supporters'
Bennett "sold his soul to supporters of terrorism in the Islamic Movement for political survival," the Religious Zionism party leader declared.
By World Israel News Staff
A bill presented by Likud MK Eli Cohen to expel the families of terrorists from the country Wednesday evening failed to pass, with 45 votes in favor and 57 against.
"There are two elements that can help prevent terrorist attacks: the demolition of houses and the expulsion of families who support terrorism. It is inconceivable that some members of the government do not clearly condemn all the attacks and do not clearly support the soldiers who kill those terrorists," Cohen said.
Included among those who voted against the bill was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist Yamina party, which had previously supported such bills.
The Knesset erupted into chaos as soon as Bennett's vote against the bill was announced, with opposition lawmakers shouting "Shame!"
Orthodox women's group seeks to reverse trend, have women reappear in public sphere
Until the last national election, Bennett had presented himself as being to the right of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud party. As noted by Religious Zionism party leader Bezalel Smotrich, Bennett had supported similar bills before becoming premier and leading a diverse coalition that includes the left-wing Meretz and Islamist Ra'am parties.
Bennett "sold his soul to supporters of terrorism in the Islamic Movement for political survival and has now dropped – in collaboration with the [Arab] Joint List – the law for the deportation of terrorists' families," Smotrich charged.
MK Moshe Arbel of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party called the prime minister a "terrorist supporter."
The Portion of Shmot
The Story of the Staff
The Book of Exodus opens optimistically. The Children of Israel settle in Egypt and multiply.
But then a new king assumes the throne and he is not at all enthralled with the rapid growth of the Israelites. He enacts harsh decrees against them, the most severe of which is "every male which is born is to be thrown into the river" (Exodus 1;22).
It was during this difficult period that Moses was born and after being rescued by Pharoh's daughter, he grew up in the royal palace as a member of the king's household.
But after not being able to stand idly by and watch an Egyptian taskmaster beating an Israelite slave, he killed the Egyptian and fled to Midian. And it was in Midian that Moses married Jethro's daughter Tziporah.
One day, while tending his father-in-law's flock, G-d reveals Himself to Moses from the burning bush and sends him on his mission to lead his people and take them out of Egypt.
"And take this staff in your hand" (Exodus 4;17). What exactly was this staff? The extra crowns on the right head of the letter 'tet" in the word "mateh" (staff) reveal to us the story of this staff. This is the staff which was created on the Friday of creation at twilight and was passed on to 8 righteous men until it reached the 9th righteous man- Moses. (the numerical value of the letter "tet" is nine.
And who were the eight righteous men who proceeded Moses? Adam, Seth, Chanoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. When Joseph died the staff remained in Pharoh's palace from which one of Pharoh's advisors, Jethro, took it and passed it on to Moses, the 9th righteous man. (Remazei Yoel)
8 Fascinating Facts About Serach, Daughter of Asher
1. She Is Mentioned Just Twice By Name in Scripture
It is relatively unusual for a woman to be listed in the Torah. For example, while we are told the names of 12 of Jacob's sons, we know the name of just one daughter, Dinah. Moving on to the next generation, in the count of the 70 souls who descended to Egypt with Jacob, only one granddaughter is mentioned: "And the sons of Asher … and Serach, their sister."1
When counting the population of the families poised to enter the Holy Land 250 years later, we find amidst the heavily male census: "And the daughter of Asher: Serach."2
2. She Was (Not) Adopted
There is a tradition that Serach was not the biological daughter of Asher. Rather, she came to the family of Jacob as a child when her mother married Asher. This explains why Genesis identifies her as the sister of Asher's sons, and not simply as his daughter. This would also explain what she is doing on the genealogical lists in the first place. Since her biological father left no male heirs, she inherited his possessions, which gave her power and influence few women had in those days.3
It should be noted that this approach is questioned, as it does not square with the straightforward reading of the verse where she is counted among those who "issued from the loins of Jacob."4
3. She Is Best Known for Telling Jacob That Joseph Was Still Alive
Jacob had long believed his beloved son, Joseph, to be dead. When Joseph's brothers found him alive and well in Egypt, they were afraid that breaking the news to their father would come as a shock and endanger his health.
What did they do? They asked Serach5 to break the news to him gently. How did she go about it?
According to one tradition, she waited until he began praying and then began saying the following rhyme: Is Joseph alive in Egypt (Mitzrayim) With children on his knees (birkayim) Menasseh and Ephraim?
As he prayed, he still could not believe it to be true. However, once he finished and saw the wagons Joseph had sent, he was finally convinced that his son was alive.6
According to the most popular telling of this incident, we are told that she shared the news while strumming on a harp.7
4. She Was Entrusted With the Secret of Redemption
Various Midrashic accounts tell us that Serach was among the few who lived through the entire Egyptian exile.8 Thus, when Moses came and declared that he had been chosen by G‑d to lead the people out of Egypt, they consulted with Serach to see if his words reflected the "secret of redemption, she had heard from her father, Asher, who had heard them from his father, Jacob."9
5. She Identified Joseph's Underwater Tomb
When it came time for Moses to take Joseph's remains with him on the way out of Egypt, it was Serach who directed him to the bottom of the Nile River.10
6. She Was the Wise Woman of Avel
We read in the Book of Samuel11 about a man named Sheva ben Bichri who tried to stage an uprising against King David and then took refuge in the city of Avel. Seeing that the entire city was in danger, a certain wise woman bravely left the city walls and brokered a deal with Yoav, David's general.
Who was this woman? According to ancient sources she was none other than Serach, daughter of Asher."12
7. She Never "Died"
In fact, she never died in the conventional sense of the word. Because of the service she provided her grandfather, she merited to enter the Garden of Eden while still alive.13
The Zohar describes four chambers, each of which is presided over by a righteous woman. Regarding Serach's chamber, we read how she greets the light-filled form of Joseph three times a day, and rejoices in the role she played in reuniting him with his father.
She then leads the women in praising G‑d and studying Torah.14
8. Her Tomb Is in Iran
Among the Jews of Iran, there is a special cemetery in Lenjan (Isfahan Province) where the remains of Serach are said to be buried. According to tradition, in the days of Abbas I of Persia (1571 – 1629), the salvation of the Jewish community came about through an incident that happened there. The place has a synagogue and was once frequently visited by Jews from all over.
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Ask the Rabbi: Q. What are the Seven Noahide Laws and to whom do they apply?
A. The Torah is not only for Jews but major sections are basic laws for the whole of mankind, known as the Sheva Mitzvot B'nei No'ach – the Seven Laws of the Sons of Noah.
As enumerated in Tractate Sanhedrin 56a in the Babylonian Talmud and explained by Maimonides (Hil. Melachim chapter 9), they are: 1. Do not worship idols. 2. Do not curse God. 3. Do not murder. 4. Do not commit immoral sexual acts. 5. Do not rob, steal money, or kidnap. 6. Establish courts of justice: judges and magistrates must exist in each district to administer the Noahide laws. 7. Do not eat a limb or flesh from a living animal.
The Rambam relates (Mel. 9:1) that the first six of these laws were given to Adam. The seventh was promulgated to Noah after the Flood, when mankind was given permission to kill animals for meat (Gen. 9:3-4).
It is unclear why all the seven are termed the "Seven Mitzvot of the Sons of Noah" or the "Seven Noahide Laws", for the first six were taught to Adam, not Noah. Perhaps it is because Adam represented the first genesis of man, Noah the second. Noah became the progenitor of mankind after the Flood and thus every gentile is called a "son of the covenant of Noah".
An English rabbi, Solomon Schonfeld, explains in his book, "The Universal Bible": "It was the failure of anti-diluvian mankind to observe even these seven basic laws which brought destruction to the world. After the deluge Noah's descendants were given a second chance. Thus… (we term the laws) the Teaching for the Sons of Noah".
The Rambam categorically states that "all who accept the Seven Mitzvot and are careful in observing them, are counted among the pious of the peoples of the world and have a portion in the World to Come" (8:11).
Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple AO RFD is Emeritus Rabbi of the Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem, where he publishes OzTorah, a weekly email list and website with Torah insights from an Australian perspective..
This is the lovely "Honeymoon Bridge" which once spanned the Niagara river, just below Niagara and Horseshoe falls.
On January 27, 1938, however, massive amounts of ice tumbled over both falls, and started accumulating by the supports for the bridge. Efforts were made to clear the ice, but it was a losing battle. The ice jam reached 150 feet high, and put so much pressure on the bridge that it collapsed. It was never rebuilt and sadly, not much of anyone today even remembers even the name of the bridge.