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News from Israel that you may have seen

Food For thought
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman,of the Haredi UTJ party, has declared war on McDonalds. It has nothing to do with Kosher issues (Israel has kosher McDonalds branches). Litzman is at war with all fast food, because of health reasons. Litzman added, “Children should be educated not to eat junk food. Not to eat so many sweets. It’s right for diabetes and its right for the heart. That’s what we’re going to do in the coming year – prevention.”
About 600,000 Israelis suffer from diabetes, with some 90 percent suffering from type 2 diabetes which causes severe damage to health. It is caused, among other things, by a poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise.McDonald’s responded “We are sorry that the health minister chooses to express himself in a non-scientific manner and chooses populist remarks that make headlines but don’t reflect what is happening across the chain. McDonald’s Israel carried out a comprehensive health reform over a decade ago that is highly respected in the European community.

Baruch Hashem, Thank G-d we at Lev Lalev provide nutritious, healthy meals every day for our girls. With the help of people like Bill Foster of the Foster Family Foundation and scores of others who support our efforts, We ensure healthy living and healthy eating.Flag-of-Israel-2015-04-08
Here is an interesting news article about a Jewish wedding which took place in a very unusual venue. We don’t condone visits to the Temple Mount but thought that you’d find this of interest. I am especially thinking about our good friend Kenneth Smith from Texas who is a major supporter of Lev Lalev and who has a passionate interest in rebuilding the Third Holy Temple.A Jewish couple recently had their marriage ceremony performed on the mount. No, there wasn’t any sushi or even chicken and certainly no band. The wedding party consisted of 13 Jews, one of whom distracted the Waqf guards while the others concealed the bride and groom. Then the groom surreptitiously placed the ring on his bride’s finger and whispered the traditional phrase, “Behold you are betrothed to me with this ring, according to the laws of Moses and Israel.” Mazal Tov!

This is apparently the first time a Jewish marriage ceremony has taken place on the Temple Mount since the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 CE. The question is, were weddings ever performed on the Temple Mount, even when the Temple existed?

More Rain: more funds for Passover
As our girls have begun shopping with their dorm counselor for clothes for Pesach, they will still need umbrellas at this late time of the year. Rain in Israel is a real blessing and the forecast calls for inclement weather the entire week. Speaking of shopping, we want to thank all those people who have already donated to our Passover campaign. We are hoping that by the end of next week we will have sufficient funds to provide holiday dresses, shoes, and a complete wardrobe for the holiday and for the spring and summer.  Thank you.

1 comment

  1. kenneth olen smith

    “The ancient custom of brides and grooms arriving at the Temple Mount separately on their wedding day, Shalom lekah wonderful bride and groom. You have taken your G_d given right and forced evil aside. We live in a world when evil powerful men decide who is free and who must give up their G_d given rights for the convenience of evil. The Exodus was an example for all nations yet today Israel is still in Egypt not allowed to worship the One G_d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and obey His Divine 613 Laws.

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