Ebola 2017

May 21, 2017


WHO: Cholera in Yemen

May 20, 2017



Public Life

Yom HaShoah is a Jewish observance but not a nationwide public holiday countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, as many Jewish people will take time on this day to remember the victims of the Holocaust, Jewish organizations may be closed or operate a reduced level of service.


Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party, which he led, placed a lot of importance on their ideas of racial hygiene. They believed that it was possible to create a pure race of supreme German people using selective breeding techniques applied in agriculture. They wished to eliminate certain groups of people, who were seen as racially impure, from Germany. These included: Jewish people; the Roma; certain groups of people from Poland and Russia; Jehovah’s Witnesses; disabled persons; homosexuals; and Communists. The removal of Jewish people from German society was particularly well-planned and was referred to as the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”. About 11 million people, of whom about six million were Jewish, died mainly in death and concentration camps.

It was originally proposed to hold Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 14th day of Nisan, the first month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar. This is the anniversary of the ghetto uprising in Warsaw, which occurred on April 19, 1943, in the Gregorian calendar. However, the 14th day of Nisan is the day before the start of Passover (Pesach) and the 27th day was chosen instead. This is eight days before Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzma’ut). Holocaust Remembrance Day has been observed in Israel since 1959. The date of Yom HaShoah may be moved forward or backwards, so that it does not fall on Friday or Saturday.

Yom HaShoah is not universally recognized or observed. Some groups remember the victims of the Holocaust on other days of mourning, many of which predate World War II. Examples are the ninth day of the month of Av, known as Tisha B’Av and which falls in July of August of the Gregorian calendar, and the 10th day of the month of Tevet, known as Asarah b’Tevet and which falls in December or January of the Gregorian calendar. Other groups criticize the day because it does not commemorate the lives of non-Jewish people who died in the Holocaust.


A range of people, objects, texts and shapes symbolize the Holocaust. These include: Anne Frank and her diary; the railway cars used to transport people to concentration camps; gates with the words “Arbeit Macht Frei”; clothes worn by prisoners; swastikas; and the yellow stars of David that Jewish people were required to wear on their outer clothing.

Symbols of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust include recitations of transcriptions of lists of names of the victims and eternal flames, such as one that burns in the Hall of Remembrance (Ohel Yizkor) in Yad Vashem, Israel.

Palm SUnday 2017

At least 27 people have been killed in an explosion inside a church in the Egyptian Nile Delta city of Tanta, state media reported, as another blast killed 16 in front of a church in the coastal city of Alexandria.


December  2016


Ar7: Azza

April 9, 2017

Gaza: 26 to be hanged soon

The Hamas General Prosecutor in Gaza has announced that 26 death row inmates are “awaiting” the execution of their sentence.

While they include those convicted of cooperating with Israel, there are also common criminals.

Ps. 11

April 8, 2017

Psalms Chapter 11 תְּהִלִּים
א לַמְנַצֵּחַ, לְדָוִד:
בַּיהוָה, חָסִיתִי–אֵיךְ, תֹּאמְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי; נודו (נוּדִי), הַרְכֶם צִפּוֹר. 1 For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David. {N}
In the LORD have I taken refuge; how say ye to my soul: ‘Flee thou! to your mountain, ye birds’?
ב כִּי הִנֵּה הָרְשָׁעִים, יִדְרְכוּן קֶשֶׁת, כּוֹנְנוּ חִצָּם עַל-יֶתֶר–
לִירוֹת בְּמוֹ-אֹפֶל, לְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב. 2 For, lo, the wicked bend the bow, they have made ready their arrow upon the string, {N}
that they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
ג כִּי הַשָּׁתוֹת, יֵהָרֵסוּן– צַדִּיק, מַה-פָּעָל. 3 When the foundations are destroyed, what hath the righteous wrought?
ד יְהוָה, בְּהֵיכַל קָדְשׁוֹ– יְהוָה, בַּשָּׁמַיִם כִּסְאוֹ:
עֵינָיו יֶחֱזוּ– עַפְעַפָּיו יִבְחֲנוּ, בְּנֵי אָדָם. 4 The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD, His throne is in heaven; {N}
His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
ה יְהוָה, צַדִּיק יִבְחָן: וְרָשָׁע, וְאֹהֵב חָמָס–שָׂנְאָה נַפְשׁוֹ. 5 The LORD trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth.
ו יַמְטֵר עַל-רְשָׁעִים, פַּחִים: אֵשׁ וְגָפְרִית, וְרוּחַ זִלְעָפוֹת–מְנָת כּוֹסָם. 6 Upon the wicked He will cause to rain coals; fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.
ז כִּי-צַדִּיק יְהוָה, צְדָקוֹת אָהֵב; יָשָׁר, יֶחֱזוּ פָנֵימוֹ. 7 For the LORD is righteous, He loveth righteousness; the upright shall behold His face.

Ps. 31

March 31, 2017

Psalms Chapter 31 תְּהִלִּים
א לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד. 1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
ב בְּךָ-יְהוָה חָסִיתִי, אַל-אֵבוֹשָׁה לְעוֹלָם; בְּצִדְקָתְךָ פַלְּטֵנִי. 2 In thee, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Thy righteousness.
ג הַטֵּה אֵלַי, אָזְנְךָ– מְהֵרָה הַצִּילֵנִי:
הֱיֵה לִי, לְצוּר-מָעוֹז–לְבֵית מְצוּדוֹת; לְהוֹשִׁיעֵנִי. 3 Incline Thine ear unto me, deliver me speedily; {N}
be Thou to me a rock of refuge, even a fortress of defence, to save me.
ד כִּי-סַלְעִי וּמְצוּדָתִי אָתָּה; וּלְמַעַן שִׁמְךָ, תַּנְחֵנִי וּתְנַהֲלֵנִי. 4 For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me and guide me.
ה תּוֹצִיאֵנִי–מֵרֶשֶׁת זוּ, טָמְנוּ לִי: כִּי-אַתָּה, מָעוּזִּי. 5 Bring me forth out of the net that they have hidden for me; for Thou art my stronghold.
ו בְּיָדְךָ, אַפְקִיד רוּחִי: פָּדִיתָ אוֹתִי יְהוָה–אֵל אֱמֶת. 6 Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, Thou God of truth.
ז שָׂנֵאתִי, הַשֹּׁמְרִים הַבְלֵי-שָׁוְא; וַאֲנִי, אֶל-יְהוָה בָּטָחְתִּי. 7 I hate them that regard lying vanities; but I trust in the LORD.
ח אָגִילָה וְאֶשְׂמְחָה, בְּחַסְדֶּךָ:
אֲשֶׁר רָאִיתָ, אֶת-עָנְיִי; יָדַעְתָּ, בְּצָרוֹת נַפְשִׁי. 8 I will be glad and rejoice in Thy lovingkindness; {N}
for Thou hast seen mine affliction, Thou hast taken cognizance of the troubles of my soul,
ט וְלֹא הִסְגַּרְתַּנִי, בְּיַד-אוֹיֵב; הֶעֱמַדְתָּ בַמֶּרְחָב רַגְלָי. 9 And Thou hast not given me over into the hand of the enemy; Thou hast set my feet in a broad place.
י חָנֵּנִי יְהוָה, כִּי צַר-לִי:
עָשְׁשָׁה בְכַעַס עֵינִי; נַפְשִׁי וּבִטְנִי. 10 Be gracious unto me, O LORD, for I am in distress; {N}
mine eye wasteth away with vexation, yea, my soul and my body.
יא כִּי כָלוּ בְיָגוֹן, חַיַּי– וּשְׁנוֹתַי בַּאֲנָחָה:
כָּשַׁל בַּעֲו‍ֹנִי כֹחִי; וַעֲצָמַי עָשֵׁשׁוּ. 11 For my life is spent in sorrow, and my years in sighing; {N}
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are wasted away.
יב מִכָּל-צֹרְרַי הָיִיתִי חֶרְפָּה, וְלִשְׁכֵנַי מְאֹד– וּפַחַד לִמְיֻדָּעָי:
רֹאַי בַּחוּץ– נָדְדוּ מִמֶּנִּי. 12 Because of all mine adversaries I am become a reproach, yea, unto my neighbours exceedingly, and a dread to mine acquaintance; {N}
they that see me without flee from me.
יג נִשְׁכַּחְתִּי, כְּמֵת מִלֵּב; הָיִיתִי, כִּכְלִי אֹבֵד. 13 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind; I am like a useless vessel.
יד כִּי שָׁמַעְתִּי, דִּבַּת רַבִּים– מָגוֹר מִסָּבִיב:
בְּהִוָּסְדָם יַחַד עָלַי; לָקַחַת נַפְשִׁי זָמָמוּ. 14 For I have heard the whispering of many, terror on every side; {N}
while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
טו וַאֲנִי, עָלֶיךָ בָטַחְתִּי יְהוָה; אָמַרְתִּי, אֱלֹהַי אָתָּה. 15 But as for me, I have trusted in Thee, O LORD; I have said: ‘Thou art my God.’
טז בְּיָדְךָ עִתֹּתָי; הַצִּילֵנִי מִיַּד-אוֹיְבַי, וּמֵרֹדְפָי. 16 My times are in Thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
יז הָאִירָה פָנֶיךָ, עַל-עַבְדֶּךָ; הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי בְחַסְדֶּךָ. 17 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me in Thy lovingkindness.
יח יְהוָה–אַל-אֵבוֹשָׁה, כִּי קְרָאתִיךָ; יֵבֹשׁוּ רְשָׁעִים, יִדְּמוּ לִשְׁאוֹל. 18 O LORD, let me not be ashamed, for I have called upon Thee; let the wicked be ashamed, let them be put to silence in the nether-world.
יט תֵּאָלַמְנָה, שִׂפְתֵי-שָׁקֶר: הַדֹּבְרוֹת עַל-צַדִּיק עָתָק–בְּגַאֲוָה וָבוּז. 19 Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak arrogantly against the righteous, with pride and contempt.
כ מָה רַב-טוּבְךָ, אֲשֶׁר-צָפַנְתָּ לִּירֵאֶיךָ:
פָּעַלְתָּ, לַחֹסִים בָּךְ; נֶגֶד, בְּנֵי אָדָם. 20 Oh how abundant is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; {N}
which Thou hast wrought for them that take their refuge in Thee, in the sight of the sons of men!
כא תַּסְתִּירֵם, בְּסֵתֶר פָּנֶיךָ– מֵרֻכְסֵי-אִישׁ:
תִּצְפְּנֵם בְּסֻכָּה; מֵרִיב לְשֹׁנוֹת. 21 Thou hidest them in the covert of Thy presence from the plottings of man; {N}
Thou concealest them in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
כב בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה: כִּי הִפְלִיא חַסְדּוֹ לִי, בְּעִיר מָצוֹר. 22 Blessed be the LORD; for He hath shown me His wondrous lovingkindness in an entrenched city.
כג וַאֲנִי, אָמַרְתִּי בְחָפְזִי– נִגְרַזְתִּי, מִנֶּגֶד עֵינֶיךָ:
אָכֵן–שָׁמַעְתָּ, קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנַי; בְּשַׁוְּעִי אֵלֶיךָ. 23 As for me, I said in my haste: ‘I am cut off from before Thine eyes’; {N}
nevertheless Thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto Thee.
כד אֶהֱבוּ אֶת-יְהוָה, כָּל-חֲסִידָיו:
אֱמוּנִים, נֹצֵר יְהוָה; וּמְשַׁלֵּם עַל-יֶתֶר, עֹשֵׂה גַאֲוָה. 24 O love the LORD, all ye His godly ones; {N}
the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully repayeth him that acteth haughtily.
כה חִזְקוּ, וְיַאֲמֵץ לְבַבְכֶם– כָּל-הַמְיַחֲלִים, לַיהוָה. 25 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all ye that wait for the LORD. {P}




Isaiah  65: 16-25.



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