“The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Jn. 6:37
YOM KIPPUR 2019: Tues. 8 Oct. at sunset marks the beginning of this year’s Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The observance ends at dusk on Wednesday. Yom Kippur is a major fast day meant to be devoted to communal and personal repentance for sins committed over the course of the previous year. It is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Please intercede for Israel’s people for personal contrition, and for repentance and accord among government leaders leading to a much-needed unity government.
AN UNEXPECTED WEEKEND SURPRISE FOR ISRAEL – THUNDERSTORMS AND RAIN: Israelis were delighted on Saturday, 5 Oct. 2019 with an unexpected downpour and an unseasonal drop in temperatures. Thunderstorms and rain were reported in Jerusalem and throughout the center of the country – including in Tel Aviv, and as far south as the Gaza area. Temperatures are expected to be average throughout the rest of the week including on Wed. Yom Kippur. (JNN)
EFFORTS CONTINUE IN ISRAEL TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT: Top politicians in Israel continue to advise that the Jewish State is in a crisis with the ongoing standstill in efforts to form a new government. No coalition had been formed as of the eve of Yom Kippur, following the second round of national elections this year in Sept. 2019. MK Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu party, over the weekend appealed once again to PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Chairman MK Benny Gantz to create a unity government. “In light of the state of national emergency, the economic challenges, and the security threats in the north and south, and from other more distant places, I reiterate my call to Prime Minister Netanyahu and MK Benny Gantz: Show responsibility and leadership, put your ego aside and stop with the games, the spins, and the time-wasting. The State of Israel needs a strong and stable unity government.”
Liberman addressed leaders of the nation on the eve of the 46th year since the 1973 Yom Kippur war: “Tomorrow will mark 46 years since the Yom Kippur War broke out,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “This war left scars and the memories of its fallen are forever engraved in the hearts of Israeli society. As we remember those who fell during this war, we must also remember, especially at this moment, the legacy they left us – a legacy of bravery, determination, leadership, and a love for the Land and the People. We are now at a political crossroads. The results of the elections lead us to a single conclusion: The people want a unity government.” (JNN)
COOPERATION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND ARAB STATES IN NON-AGGRESSION PACT: Israel’s Foreign Minister announced on Sunday, 6 Oct. 2019 that plans for non-aggression agreements with several Arab nations are moving forward. Posting on Twitter, Katz said the deal would bring an end to the conflict with the Arab signatories and help to promote non-military cooperation until a peace agreement is reached with the Palestinians. Media sources reported that the draft text focuses on cooperation in the fight against terror, and in advancing economic interests. Katz further said that he had presented the plan to Arab foreign ministers and to USA envoy Jason Greenblatt at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last week. “I will continue to work to strengthen Israel’s status in the region and around the world,” said Katz. (JNN) May there be co-operation and new bridges towards peaceful relations between Israel and the Arab nations this coming year.
JEWISH BOY IN AUSTRALIA FORCED TO KISS MUSLIM CLASSMATE’S SHOES: Imagine if this were your child: A photo showing a 12-year-old Jewish student being forced to kneel to kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate has been circulated on social media. According to the mother of the boy in the photo, the school showed a disappointing lack of response, with officials saying they would not take responsibility for the incident since it did not take place on school property. The mother said she later talked to the parents of the Muslim student, who reportedly disapproved of their son’s actions. The incident occurred at the Cheltenham Secondary College in the town of Cheltenham, a Melbourne suburb. In a second incident that took place at the Hawthorn West Primary School in Melbourne, a 5-year-old Jewish student was harassed with a number of anti-Semitic insults, including being called, a “Jewish cockroach.” Both Jewish boys have left their schools. Chairman of B’nai B’rith’s Anti-Defamation Commission, Dvir Abramovich, said that such episodes are part of a broader movement of anti-Semitic bullying. “There is mounting evidence that families are forced to take their children out of public schools and to enroll them in Jewish day schools due to a growing sense of insecurity and fear that their kids will be harmed simply because of who they are,” said Abramovich. (JNN)
POLL: 75% OF LA COUNTY JEWS VIEW ANTI-SEMITISM AS A SERIOUS THREAT: Three-quarters of Jewish people in Los Angeles County view anti-Semitism as a serious threat, a new survey found. The Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles conducted a poll of more than 1,800 Jewish voters in Los Angeles county. The results showed strong support for the survival of Israel as a Jewish state and also very significant fears of growing anti-Semitism. According to the findings, 41% of the participants said that anti-Semitism is an “extremely serious” problem, and 31% said they consider it “very serious.” More than three-quarters of those polled expressed strong support for the state of Israel and its survival and also said that remembrance of the Holocaust is “essential” for them. (JNN)
EARLY BRONZE AGE “NEW YORK CITY” FOUND IN ISRAEL: A huge city – a megalopolis according to the Israel Antiquity’s Authority, at least in relation to the Early Bronze Age, has been uncovered in Israel. Excavation directors Itai Paz, and Dr. Dina Shalem described the site as a city “where thousands of inhabitants, made their living from agriculture, lived and traded with different regions and even with different cultures and kingdoms in the area. This is the Early Bronze Age New York of our region; a cosmopolitan and planned city,” the directors said in a statement released on Sunday 6 Oct. 2019. The archeological discovery was made alongside Israel’s newest city, Harish, during new roadwork activity there. (JNN)
SEPTEMBER WAS A BILLION DOLLAR MONTH FOR ISRAELI STARTUPS: With three more months to go until 2020, Israeli startups are set to surpass the record-breaking figure of $6.4 billion raised in 2018. $5.9 billion has been raised so far in 2019. Based on information from Israeli companies, more than $1 billion was raised in Sept. alone. According to reports, the true figure is likely higher, as some companies do not disclose investment statistics. Israeli tech companies raised $650 million in July 2019 and $350 million in August 2019, according to research sources. (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff