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By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
We open the sidra this week with Moshe Rabbenu assembling the Israelites and telling them 39 things which G[-]d expects them to do – to keep Shabbat, to be generous, to furnish the Tabernacle and so on. What date was it when this assembly took place? Rashi tells us that according to the sages, it was 11 Tishri, the day after Moshe came down from the mountain. 11 Tishri has an additional significance in the Jewish calendar, of course: it is the day after Yom Kippur.
'IT IS TERRIBLE': FOR UKRAINE'S JEWS, WAR
REVIVES OLD TRAUMAS
84-year-old Holocaust survivor Tatiana Zabramnaya says her family are now trapped in Kyiv
Hundreds of Ukrainians are leaving Lviv on trains to Poland. All day and all night the trains roll into Lviv's vast central station, a place of departures throughout this city's long, traumatic history. In the carriages taking soldiers east to war, groups of young men sit with pensive expressions. There is no comradely laughter or joking. They read messages from wives and girlfriends or watch the war footage flooding social media.
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PROTESTS ACROSS RUSSIA SEE THOUSANDS DETAINED
Nearly 4,000 people have been detained at anti-war protests across Russia on Sunday, rights groups and Russian authorities say. Some 1,700 people were detained in Moscow alone, the RIA news agency reported, citing the interior ministry. The OVD-Info rights group says detentions took place in 53 cities. Although protests have become increasingly restricted in recent years, numerous rallies have taken place across Russia since the invasion.
NEWCASTLE CO-OWNER SAYS UNFAIR CHELSEA'S ROMAN ABRAMOVICH HAS TO SELL
Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley says she "doesn't think it's particularly fair" that Roman Abramovich has decided to sell Chelsea following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Chelsea have won 17 major trophies since Russian billionaire Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but he announced on Wednesday that he was planning to sell.
MILLIONS IN BITCOIN POURING INTO UKRAINE FROM DONORS
Cryptocurrency analysts say at least $13.7m (£10.2m) has so far been donated to the Ukrainian war effort through anonymous Bitcoin donations. Researchers at Elliptic, a blockchain analysis company, say the Ukrainian government, NGOs and volunteer groups have raised the money by advertising their Bitcoin wallet addresses online. More than 4,000 donations have been made so far, with one unknown donor gifting Bitcoin worth $3m to an NGO.
UKRAINE CONFLICT: THE CIVILIAN LIVES LOST TO RUSSIA'S WAR
The number of civilians killed during Russia's invasion of Ukraine is rising by the day. By Sunday, Ukraine's human rights commissioner put the number of civilian victims alone at 210, including several children. A seven-year-old girl died in an attack on a kindergarten, there have been fatalities in the capital Kyiv, and 10 members of Ukraine's ethnic Greek community were killed when their villages came under fire in the south.
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