Israel

Rabbi Zilberstein Ruled: Don’t Sit Shiva, It Could Endanger The Grandmother

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein, the rabbi of Ramat Elchonon, gave an interesting ruling in his weekly shiur regarding a family who had lost their son in the Meron...

Watch: 150 Hatzalah Volunteers Who Treated Meron Victims Gather At Scene Of Tragedy To Sing Ani Maamin

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — At a somber Meron scene on the steps where 45 holy neshamos lost their lives in the horrific tragedy on Lag Ba'Omer, 150 Hatzalah volunteers who were desperat...

Parks Authority Favors Separate Swimming Hours At Israels’ National Parks

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The lawyer representing the Israeli Parks Authority told the Justice Ministry that he sees no issue with providing separate swimming hours in national parks, ...

Rare Bronze Oil Lamp Discovered In City Of David

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A rare bronze oil lamp, the first of its kind to be found in Israel, has been discovered recently buried within the foundations of a building dating to the Ro...

New Details Emerged Over The Mass Casualties At Mt. Meron Israel During Interview With Avi Abelow From The Pulse Of Israel

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MERON (VINnews) — New details emerged over the mass casualties at Mt. Meron israel during Interview with Avi Abelow from The Pulse of Israel Podcast, about the largest civilian cas...

Israel’s Netanyahu Faces Midnight Deadline To Form Coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a midnight deadline on Tuesday to put together a new coalition government — or be looking at the possibility of lea...

Holocaust Survivor Who Testified Against Eichmann Dies At 91

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Joseph Zalman Kleinman, a Holocaust survivor who survived the Auschwitz death camp and testified against Adolf Eichmann in the Nazi commander's trial in Jerusalem,...

The Admor’s Son Who Miraculously Survived Recalls: ‘He Said Shma Yisrael With Me And Passed Away’

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A moving and tear-filled meeting took place between the son of the Shotzer Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Moskowitz, and Rabbi Meir Nachman Elhadad, the father ...

Numerous Prescient Quotes From Knesset Discussions Foretold Meron Catastrophe

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — During the last few days it has become clear that many different sources in government and official positions had warned in the past that the Lag Ba'Omer cele...

Religious Zionism Torn Apart By Two Unsavory Choices

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — On Tuesday evening the mandate granted to Prime Minister Netanyahu will expire and frantic last minute efforts are still being made to form some kind of right...

Community Rallies To Fund Torah For Legacy Of Chaim Rock Zt”l

MERON (VINnews) — For the victims of Meron, there is no future. No chasuna to look forward to, no children to raise, no legacy to leave behind at the end of a life well lived. O...

Meron:  What Future?  And An Alternative Suggestion

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The following article will probably be viewed by some as controversial - but it must be expressed.  It is also not a blame the victim thought ...

3 Wounded, 1 In Critical Condition In Shomron Drive-By Shooting

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — 3 people in their 20's were injured when a car driving past the Tapuach junction in central Shomron opened fire on them from point-blan range. One of the woun...

Senior Police Officers Claim They Were Pressured By Politicians To Allow Mass Entry To Meron

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A number of former senior police officers testified Saturday night that they were under intense pressure by different politicians regarding the celebrations a...

At Least 6 Americans, Including 3 Teenagers, Among Victims In Meron Tragedy

New York (Jewish Week via JTA) — Among the 45 people killed in the crush of bodies at a Lag b’Omer celebration in northern Israel were at least six Americans with ties to the New Y...

10 Boys And Teens Among The Dead In Israel Festival Crowd Tragedy

JERUSALEM (AP) — At least 10 children and teens younger than 18 were among 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews killed in a crowd crush at a religious festival in northern Israel, according to a...

Live: Funeral of Eliezer Tzvi Joseph From KJ, Who Died in Israeli Crowd Crush

The funeral of Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26, of Kiryas Joel, New York. A Satmar Hasid, he was the father of four children. He was amongst victims in the Israeli crowd crush at Meron. ...

A Simple Cheshbon Nefesh: Why Did This Tragedy Occur?

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Anyone watching the live feed of the celebrations at Meron Thursday evening could not fail to be impressed by the fervor, the joy, the spirituality and the tr...

Meron Victim Shragee Gestetner Remembered for Valuing Family Over Fame

NEW YORK (VINnews/Sandy Eller) - A day after his tragic death in Meron, Shragee Gestetner is being remembered as someone who walked away from a promising career in the Jewish music...

Photos of The Israeli Lag BaOmer Tragedy

JERUSALEM (AP) — The holiday of Lag BaOmer is one of the happiest days on the calendar for Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community — a time of mass celebrations in honor of a revered sag...