Author: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
“There is a famous business concept called caveat emptor (buyer beware). In secular society, as long as a seller does not blatantly lie or actively conceal a defect, it is the full responsibility of the buyer to exercise due diligence and to inspect what is being purchased. Jewish law takes a totally different approach: It is presumed that no defects or problems exist in a product or property if they are not disclosed explicitly by the seller.”
Full article by clicking this link: http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/street-torah/jewish-business-ethics-proper-marketing-and-selling-0
Tonight begins Holocaust Memorial day here in Israel.
My Oma and Opa (my grandparents) were hidden during the Holocaust in Holland.
My biological Dad was separated from his parents and was adopted by by a Dutch family. Amazingly he passed as Dutch and not Jewish although I’ve heard stories of close very calls with brushes with the Nazis almost finding out that my Dad was Jewish.
The family that adopted my Dad during the war was just recognized as an official righteous gentile family a few years back by Yad Vashem, something I am very proud of.
When my Dad and his parents were re-united after the war, my Dad who was a young boy at the time didn’t even believe that my Oma and Opa (his parents) were his real parents. He had forgotten about them.
The three of them survived but I’m sure that the emotional scars never really went away.
My biological Dad died a couple months before I was born in 1973 before I ever got to see or meet him. I think he had a lot of weight on his shoulders after all he had been through at such a young age.
Let’s remember never to forget. We don’t need to forgive, but let’s never forget!!
“Ms. Glazer, heiress to a shopping center fortune, grew up listening to sermons at the Reform synagogue by the late Edgar Magnin, known as the “rabbi to the
stars,” who persuaded Hollywood notables to finance the grand sanctuary, built in 1929 and known for its Byzantine-style dome.”
Full article here: http://bit.ly/Y7Vwqs
We are very proud to say that Negev Direct’s VP of online media’s new nonprofit, 57seconds received a write up in the Israel National News online today!
“A new organization has been formed to raise awareness about the vulnerability of Be’er Sheva residents to missile attacks, and their need for more bomb shelters.”
“‘57Seconds‘” was founded by Yoav Kaufman, a U.S. immigrant who attended the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program in the northeastern Negev city of Arad prior to moving to Be’er Sheva.”
Full article here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165065#.URe6GKWTiX3
Many thanks to Hana Levi Julian for the write up!
It’s very difficult to imagine living in a city that’s a target for rockets and missiles even for some Israelis. Try to imagine right now that a city just 26 miles from you is firing live rockets at you.
My friends ask me: how can you even live in a city that is being targeted by rockets?
My answer is that Israel is my home! Israel has been and will always be the home of the Jewish people! I will not leave, even if my enemies try to encourage my removal by force!
Mission: 57SECONDS MISSION: Raise awareness of the rocket attacks on the South of Israel + BUILDING A BOMB SHELTER IN A PUBLIC AREA IN BEERSHEVA, ISRAEL.
Why the mission is critical:
In December of 2008 to January of 2009 and again in November of 2012 hundreds of rockets were being fired at the city Beersheva and at the entire South of Israel by the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.
We need to make sure that if and when the rockets fall on us again, that everyone has a place to find shelter.
There is no fully effective political or military solution in site to prevent these sort of attacks from happening again and Gaza is just 26 miles (42km) away from Beersheva!
JewishDonorBlog.com – Jan. 22nd, 2008 – Jan. 22nd, 2013 = us blogging for 5 years on the day today
557 blog posts and tens of thousands of views and clicks later, here we are five years later!
All we can say is thank you so much for your continued support and readership and we look forward to blogging for you for many more years to come!
“Amuta21C is the annual nonprofit summit bringing together hundreds of Israeli nonprofit professionals for a day of learning & collaboration. It’s where CEOs, Directors and other NPO staff come to get the knowledge, tools and best practices they need to advance their organizations.”
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
When: March 4th, 2013
Registration Link: http://amuta21c.com/event-registration/
We posted just 35 times in 2012. Although to be fair, since our blog was redesigned, re-formatted and down for a good portion of 2012, we’ll take the 35 posts and build on that for 2013.
Here are the top 10 posts of 2012 on the JewishDonorBlog.com based on number of clicks and views.
By the way, in late January of 2013 we will have been blogging for a full five years.
From: “The Transformation of Beersheva”
Link to full article: http://israel21c.org/travel/beersheva-capital-of-the-negev-and-soon-israels-water-city/
“Hard hit during the recent conflict with Gaza, Beersheva is nonetheless developing into one of Israel’s newest tourist destinations.”
Future Water City
It may sound counter-intuitive, but Mayor Ruvik Danilovich has a master plan to brand this desert capital as Israel’s “Water City” by installing public fountains and a manmade beach. (Hey, it’s already got the sand, so why not add surf?)
Israel’s largest, and “greenest,” shopping mall is now under construction in Beersheva. The 115,000-square-meter facility will have pools for collecting rainwater and lighting generated by solar panels on the roof. An enclosed Farmers Market and new central bus station/shopping center are also planned.
As part of its Blueprint Negev project, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) is completing the final stages of the 900-acre Beersheva River Walk, to include hiking and biking trails, a botanical garden, sports arena and amphitheater, promenades and eateries, and a boating lake filled with purified wastewater from the river.
Meanwhile, the new Round Be’er Sheva Trail made headlines for winning third prize in the European Ramblers Association’s 2012 ECO-Award competition.
This ring trail, Israel’s only hiking and biking path built on an urban-environmental model, brings walkers and cyclists past residential neighborhoods, business areas and tourist spots such as the Negev Brigade Monument, the Negev Zoo, the Beersheva River and the Beit Eshel historical site, as well as Tel Beer Sheva National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where people can explore archeological finds going back to the fourth millennium BCE.Beersheva Negev Brigade Monument. Photo courtesy of Israel Tourism Ministry