dinsdag 21 juni 2016

Zionist Heroes: Jewish philanthropist Dr. Irving Moskowitz passes away

Dr. Irving Moskowitz, one of American Jewry's leading philanthropists, has passed away aged 88.

A passionate and lifelong support of Israel, Moskowitz, together with his wife Cherna, founded and led the Moskowitz Foundation in 1968, which supported countless initiatives in Israel and across the Jewish world. The couple also founded the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, which awards leading Jewish figures for their activism on the part of the Jewish state and its people.

Dr. Moskowitz was a particularly ardent supporter of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, aiding countless projects to reclaim Jewish land stolen by Arabs during the early twentieth century.

He is survived by his wife, Cherna, eight children and more than 40 grandchildren.

Born to Jewish immigrants from Poland, more than 100 of his relatives perished during the Holocaust.

Irving, the ninth of thirteen siblings, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he qualified as a doctor, and then moved to California to open a medical practice. After that, he moved to Miami Beach, Florida.

Apart from his immense support for the Jewish community and State of Israel, Irving Moskowitz founded several hospitals and donated generously to many humanitarian causes in the United States and elsewhere.


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Israel chief rabbi urges rebuilding Jerusalem temple

The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, said he would like to see the Jewish temple rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

To build it, there was no need to remove any of the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount, where there was plenty of room for “Jews, Christians, Muslims, everyone,” he told the Knesset Channel on Tuesday.

“I can’t tell you exactly what was in the temple, but the truth is that when you see the prophets, the writings, the sayings of the sages, you understand that whoever went there came back full of inspiration, emotion, joy and satisfaction, so I yearn for those days,” he added.

The most important site in Judaism because two temples stood there in biblical and post-biblical times, the Temple Mount today houses Islam’s third-'holiest shrine', the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It sits at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over sovereignty and land, and what Palestinians perceive as a danger that Jews will rebuild it has fueled much of the terrorism against Israelis over the past eight months.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to maintain the status quo that prohibits Jewish prayer at the site, and has ordered members of Knesset not to approach the Mount, a move contested by Jewish zealots bent to building a third temple.


dinsdag 7 juni 2016