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>JN March 31, 1999. Vol. 7, #63
Israel Sends Aid to Kosovo
By Arutz-7 News Service
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the Serbian
slaughter of Albanians in Kosovo, but said that "Israel would not
intervene in the political aspects of the matter." Foreign Minister
Ariel Sharon refrained from expressing support for the NATO attack.
He sufficed with a blanket condemnation of all "violence against
innocents," and urged the renewal of negotiations. Defense Minister
Moshe Arens announced that a planeload of humanitarian-aid supplies
would depart Tuesday evening for the Albanian refugees.
Arutz-7's Haggai Segal spoke with Albert Ashkenazi, secretary of
the Jewish Community in Belgrade. Ashkenazi said that the Jewish
community in Budapest, Hungary, has agreed to provide refuge for
several Belgrade families until the end of the war.
"Belgrade itself boasts a vibrant Jewish communal life," Ashkenazi
explained, "including courses in Hebrew language and Saturday night
lectures of Jewish interest. Each year, our synagogue hosts 200
people at our community Passover Seder, but tomorrow night, after
services, we'll have to settle for something more symbolic --
because of the war. Despite the situation, our rabbi has ensured
that basic supplies such as matzah and wine are available."
Passover Web Sites
Israel Faxx Staff Report
as well as 34 more Passover
web sites at http://www.jr.co.il/hotsites/j-hdaypa.htm
World's Largest Passover Site Debuts
The world's most comprehensive Passover site has been officially
unveiled at the Lubavitch World Headquarters. www.passover.net
includes hundreds of web pages chock full of Passover
information from practical, how-to guides to deep mystical
insights, video and audio clips and java games for the entire
Employing a variety of design styles, the site will include
on-line features such as the full translated text of the Haggadah,
Passover recipes, a Seder companion, day-by-day calendar, and
glimpses of Passover celebrations around the world.
Video and audio clips include a guided tour through the process of
matzo baking by hand, and traditional Passover Seder songs.
Passover, beginning this year on the eve of March 31, recalls the
Jewish People's miraculous redemption by God from Egyptian slavery
3,311 years ago. God directed the Hebrews to leave hastily. The
nation of a few million could not wait for their dough to rise so
they ate unleavened bread.
To commemorate this miraculous exodus, Jews abstain from eating --
or even owning or benefiting from -- any leavened substance during
the eight days of Passover.
On the first two nights (in Israel: only the first night) of the
holiday a Seder (literally: Order) is held to commemorate the
liberation from Egypt (and the celebration of the Paschal sacrifice
offered and eaten in the times of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem).
Seder requirements include eating Matzo, four cups of wine, bitter
herbs (to recall the pain of the Egyptian enslavement), and
recounting the exodus story.
"Throughout the world Lubavitch emissaries bring the holiday
practice and joy to millions of Jews in a myriad of ways," said
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at the Lubavitch World Headquarters. "We hope
the Passover web site will further these efforts by helping
visitors to delve deeper into the holiday -- and allow
hundreds of thousands to learn about it for the very first time."
At the site's official launch, Krinsky stressed that the site
was designed "with every Jew in mind. Young and old, scholars and
laymen of all backgrounds alike will find the site informative and
(According to Jewish law one may not use electronic devices during
the first two and last two days of the eight-day holiday and the
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