by Adat Shalom’s Schlicha, Ayelet Levi
President's Day 2017: Learn some facts about Israel's Presidents
February, 14 years ago-
On February 1st, 14 years ago today, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in the skies over Texas, killing all seven crew members, including the first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, just 16 minutes before its scheduled landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The son and grandson of Holocaust survivors–his mother and grandmother survived Auschwitz–Ramon became a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, fighting in the Yom Kippur War and the first Lebanon War. He was also the youngest member of the team to carry out Operation Opera, which destroyed Iraq’s nuclear facility in 1981. Ramon continued to rise through the ranks of the IAF, becoming a squadron commander and eventually a colonel before he became selected as a Payload Specialist with NASA. His resume is impressive, but it’s really his eloquence and humility that remind me of what an important figure he was.
May his memory, along with the six crew members of the Columbia who perished in the disaster with him, be blessed. View an Israeli documentary about the story Of Colonel Ilan Ramon.
Invite Ayelet to Shabbat Dinner
Let Ayelet add some Israeli flavor to your Shabbat table! Read how here.
"Imagine Israel" Podcast
Listen to a great Podcast from "Imagine Israel" - project of the Jewish Federation
Chaya Gilboa, a visionary activist on the issue of Israeli religious reform, shares her desire for social change in Israel. As you listen to Chaya's podcast, ponder these questions:
• Why should an American Jew care about Israel?
• How does Israel relate to me here, in America?
• Who “owns” Jewish identity? Does anyone “own” Jewish traditions (kashrut, gemara, etc.)?
• Can or should any one group take ownership of these?
The Time of Israel
Information about the New Month of Shevat.
Baruch Dayan Emet, Meir Banai z'l
Meir Banai, one of the most influential and popular musicians in Israel, died last week after a long fight with cancer. Since Meirs' first single wsas released in 1982, he has become one of the greatest Israeli artists and has collaborated with many musicians. According to his family, Meir was writing songs until his last breath. Meir's death is a huge loss to Israeli culture. May his memory be a blessing. Listen to one of my favorite songs performed by Meir Banai - "Ayelet-chen" Ayelet-chen (as expected...). A traditional song of the Jews of Yemen. The lyrics are by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi (1619-1720). More about the meaning of the name "Ayelet" and its phrases coming soon!
led to visit Israel. Unfortunately, the Six-Day War led to the cancellation of the visit. A year later, King was no longer among the living. Here is a letter written by the former Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, to MLK regarding his visit to Israel.
In a speech delivered a few days before his death in March 1968, Dr. King said, "Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality".
Read more about MLK and his relationship with Israel and the Middle East:
Martin Luther King and Israel
Black-Jewish Relations: Martin Luther King and Israel