SUPPORTING ISRAELI SOLDIERS
The IDF needs your help to bring the joy of Purim to Israel’s soldiers! These brave men and women must stay on guard while their families are at home celebrating. Every year, Yashar LaChayal distributes thousands of mishloach manot (Purim candy packages) to the soldiers as they patrol the country. Each package costs $18, and goes a long way toward bringing a smile to the faces of the IDF. Checks can be sent to: Friends of Yashar LaChayal, 20 Chalmers Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
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ISRAEL TAKING STEPS TO MINIMIZE GLOBAL SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
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29 Shevat-5 Adar, 5780 Feb. 24-March 1, 2020 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 630th Web Ed.
With the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus over the last few weeks, Israel is taking no chances. Numerous flights have been cancelled and foreigners from certain designated countries are forbidden from entering Israel.
The WHO said it was too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be "in a phase of preparedness".
ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN RECEIVES UCLA ISRAEL STUDIES AWARD
LOS ANGELES -- The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies presented its UCLA Israel Studies Award to the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. The award was presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block during an evening ceremony at the Chancellor’s residence on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The chancellor was joined in the award presentation by Soraya Nazarian and Sharon Nazarian, chair of the center’s Advisory Board.
JUDAISM & ART
RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
Q. Is Judaism anti-art?
A. First a reminiscence.
Some years ago I was one of the judges for the Blake Prize for religious art. A newspaper columnist asked: What does this rabbi know about art?
What does any rabbi know about art? The chairman of the prize committee had to write to the paper saying that the other judges felt that my contributions to discussion were valuable. Fortunately the columnist also said I was urbane and widely respected, so I was not too upset.