A symbolic circumcision (hatafas dam bris) was held last week for Jewish children who were recently rescued from hostile Arab villages by Yad L'Achim.

Before the moving ceremony, the children were brought to the office of the Rishon Lezion, Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Yosef, who was amazed by the scope and depth of their knowledge in chumash Breishis. He delivered words of inspiration to the children and their mothers, encouraging them to continue as links in the chain of Jewish generations.

"You should be proud that you have merited to belong to the Jewish people, and that you are about to fulfill the mitzvah of hatafat dam habrit. Have no fear, and continue to be strong in Torah and yirat Shamayim."

After hearing the facts and figures on Yad L'Achim's widespread rescue efforts, in particular its mentoring program which provides each child rescued from an Arab village with a religious mentor, the Rav said, "Yad L'Achim is all about creating many souls [borei nefashot rabot]. You are making many souls for Judaism."

He also blessed the chairman of Yad L'Achim, Harav Yisrael Lifschitz, that he merit continued success in his efforts, in the best of the magnificent traditions of the organization founded by his father, Hagaon Harav Shalom Dov Lifschitz, zt"l.

As the visit wound down, the mothers asked for a blessing from the Rav, that their sons grow to become kosher Jews and yarei Shamayim. The Rav delivered sweets to each child, together with a blessing.

From there, the mothers and their children proceeded to the hatafas dam bris, which is required by Halachah even for those who received a "Muslim circumcision." It was performed by the mohel Harav Shimon Dror, in an event organized by Harav Moshe Cohen, a prominent member of Yad L'Achim.

Afterwards, each child received a personal gift from a Yad L'Achim activist, followed by festive singing and dancing and a seudas mitzvah.

The mothers and children then proceeded to Kever Rachel, where they davened that they merit a good and happy life among the Jewish people. A particularly moving moment came when they offered a heartfelt plea for all the other mothers and children that are still in captivity, that they merit to be delivered from their distress.'



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JERUSALEM -- The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with Yachad Lema’an Hachayal, are providing “Fellowship Gift Cards” to some 10,000 soldiers in need and Lone Soldiers currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) so they can celebrate the Rosh Hashana holiday without financial worries.

The soldiers will be receiving gift cards in the amount of NIS 500, or about $140. Soldiers will be able to purchase supplies such as food, clothing, shoes, sports, and leisure items.

The gift cards will allow the soldiers to celebrate the new year without the burden of financial stress. They can be used at about 90 major retail chain stores across Israel.

Of the 10,000 soldiers receiving the “Fellowship Gift Cards,” 6,330 are Lone Soldiers – those who come from abroad to serve in the IDF without any immediate family in Israel, or native Israelis who serve without family support. Fifty-five percent of them serve in combat or combat-support roles. Out of all Lone Soldiers currently serving in the IDF, 53 percent of them are foreign born, coming from 75 countries around the world: 795 are from the U.S., 563 from Ukraine, 492 from Russia, and 457 from France.
The Fellowship and FIDF distribute “Fellowship Gift Cards” twice a year, during the major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Passover. This campaign is administered in collaboration with the IDF Personnel Directorate and reaches every eligible IDF soldier. FIDF and The Fellowship have been teaming up to deliver the holiday gift cards since 2009.

Below please find a photo of an Israeli soldier receiving “Rosh Hashana Fellowship Gift Cards” this year.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.5 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul

FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering educational, cultural, recreational, and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 20 chapters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the state of Israel.


Monica Lewinsky refused to answer a question about her affair with former US President Bill Clinton, BBCi

Monica Lewinsky walked out of an interview in Israel after she was asked about her relationship with Bill Clinton.

Ms Lewinsky explained on Twitter that she had walked off after she was asked about the "off-limits" topic.

Israeli news outlet Channel 2 News thanked Ms Lewinsky and said it respected her "sensitivity."

The former White House intern has said her affair with Mr Clinton was a "gross abuse of power" on his part.

Ms Lewinsky was 22 when she became romantically involved with the then president, who was 27 years her senior.

Ms Lewinsky had been giving a speech in Jerusalem on the perils and positives of the internet and social media.

In a 2017 Vanity Fair essay, she said the case had led to her being diagnosed with PTSD after she was "publicly outed and ostracized" in the press, online and in court.

But she said the interview in Jerusalem was supposed to be a "conversation to follow up on the subject of my speech, not a news interview" in a statement on Twitter.

She calmly walked out of the gathering after Channel 2 News anchor Levi Yonit asked her about the affair.

In a 2017 Vanity Fair essay, she said the case had led to her being diagnosed with PTSD after she was "publicly outed and ostracised" in the press, online and in court.  But she said the interview in Jerusalem was supposed to be a "conversation to follow up on the subject of my speech, not a news interview" in a statement on Twitter.

Channel 2 News said that it had sought to honour Ms Lewinsky's requests.

It said it felt that "the question asked was legitimate, worthy and respectful, and in no way went beyond Ms Lewinsky's requests"




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