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Outstanding GCSEs for Jewish schools but one refuses to publish results
Jewish secondary schools shared in the UK’s record-breaking 2020 GCSE grades as results came in on Thursday, but last year’s top performer has not made its results public.
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Jewish secondary schools shared in the UK’s record-breaking 2020 GCSE grades as results came in on Thursday, but last year’s top performer refused to publish this year’s results.
Several Jewish schools reported their “best ever” years as nationally the grades surged, the government having earlier cancelled students’ summer exams as part of a suite of measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Exams regular Ofqual had tried to moderate the marks using an algorithm, but when this was widely discredited it prompted an embarrassing U-turn on grading method, reverting to teachers’ verdicts of pupils’ abilities. The confusion prompted a vicious blame game involving ministers, unions, and bureaucrats – and stress for students.
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Nationally, the number awarded Grade 7 or above rose from a fifth to a quarter, while those getting the best marks shot up by almost 40 percent on last year, as policy chiefs said the crisis had sparked runaway grade inflation that would only hurt future years’ students.
This is the third year of the new 1-9 grading system, with 7 the equivalent of the old A-grade, 8 the equivalent to an A* and 9 amounting to an A** rating.
Cross-denominational New Barnet school JCoSS said more students than ever had scored Grade 9 (19 percent, compared to 18 percent last year), while at fee-paying Immanuel Year 11 students had “the best grades in the College’s history”.
However, Hasmonean – the best-performing Jewish secondary last year – refused to publish its GCSE grades, issuing only a comment from Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust chief executive Andrew McClusky about 2020 having been “extremely challenging”. The school issued a financial warning three month ago.
At Yavneh in Borehamwood, results spring-boarded back to the College’s best, with 54 percent graded 7-9, compared to 44 percent in 2018, and 50 percent in 2018, while at Kantor King Solomon (KKS) in Barkingside, 31 percent of grades were awarded 7-9, with three quarters at Grade 4 or more.
Pipping Yavneh to the post however was JFS, where 57 percent of grades were 7-9, with 37 percent graded 9-8. More than a fifth of its Maths and Religious Studies students got a Grade 9, while a third of its science students could do no better. Like JCoSS, the school said that “a small number of grades were moderated up by the exam board”.
At Immanuel, 88 percent of grades were 6 or higher, an improvement of four percent on last year, with 34 students averaging Grade 8 or higher, but while there was happiness at the results, most headteachers made reference in their comments to the chaos surrounding students’ grading this year.
KKS headteacher, Hannele Reece, said it had been “a very difficult year for students” with no exams this summer, while Yavneh head Spencer Lewis spoke of “an incredibly difficult six months”.
He added: “The constant changes in government and exam board policies and approach over recent days have been very unfair on the pupils”.
Likewise, Immanuel’s headmaster Gary Griffin slammed “government incompetence” which JCoSS head Patrick Moriarty said had led to “huge uncertainty and difficulty, especially during the past week’s confusion over the awarding of results”.
He added: “We advocated strongly for the use of teacher grades… We are pleased that the change of policy came in time to reward these students with clarity and greater fairness.”
Jewish families also were left fuming at the way this year’s results were handled, with West Finchley resident Les Talisman, whose daughter Leah got the grades she needed, describing it as “a fiasco” causing unnecessary stress.
He said: “This Government handled it so badly. Why they never went for teacher-assessed grades, or even mock results in the first place beggars belief. Pupils feel let down and rightly so. It has brought unnecessary stress to many families.”
Talisman, whose mother-in-law once taught at Immanuel, adding: “I imagine this fiasco has come at great financial cost to the country, and think it will have a long-lasting effect in people’s minds. This incompetent shower of arrogant politicians won’t be in government past the next general election.”
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Positive views outweigh anti-Jewish sentiment among Muslims, UK report finds
Nearly half of all Muslim adults surveyed (45 percent) perceived Jewish people positively, according to a survey released by HOPE Not Hate
August 20, 2020, 2:45 pm  
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A wide-ranging survey of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) adults across Great Britain has found pockets of anti-Jewish sentiment were outweighed by positive views among Muslim respondents.
Nearly half of all Muslims surveyed (45 percent) were found to perceive Jewish people positively, according to an online survey of 1,001 BAME adults, released by the anti-racism charity HOPE Not Hate on Thursday.
But the survey also found the highest proportion of anti-Jewish views among Muslim respondents (18 percent), followed by atheists (11 percent), Christians (5 percent) and Hindus (4 percent).
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Muslims, who were the most negatively viewed group overall, were also more likely to perceive Jewish or Hindu extremism as a threat (both 31 percent).

The weighted sample survey, conducted in July by polling company Focaldata, does not include any data about Jewish public opinion owing to a small sample size in the community, HOPE Not Hate said.

Stronger action on hate crime was seen as the best way to improve community relations (35 percent), together with increasing anti-racism education in schools (34 percent).

Other popular solutions included a crackdown on extremism across communities (25 percent), initiatives to bring together people from different backgrounds (22 percent) and holding outlets to account for publishing racist material (22 percent).

HOPE not Hate deputy director Jemma Levene said the figures shouldn’t be allowed “to be used to startle people in our community.”

“They were substantially outweighed by positive feelings,” she said. “Of course, we shouldn’t shy away from honest and difficult conversations about antisemitism, but we see time and time again that when different groups have the opportunity to interact in meaningful ways, their mutual views of each other improve exponentially.”

“Our organisation’s experience shows us clearly that the majorities of both Muslim and Jewish communities wish to live together in friendship and peace, so good interfaith and intercommunity interactions are more important than ever so we can all learn not just how to build together but also disagree without falling prey to prejudice,” she added.


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Raab tells Palestinian Authority: It’s time to work with Israel
Foreign secretary uses a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to call for closer co-operation with Israel, following decision to suspend annexation plans for the West Bank.
Dominic Raab used a meeting with the Palestinian Authority president this week to urge closer co-operation with Israel, following the decision to suspend annexation plans for the West Bank.

The foreign secretary’s visit to the Middle East follows the normalisation of relations this month between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which came with the suspension of Israeli annexation plans of the West Bank – a move the UK Government welcomed as a boost for peace in the region.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet minister met Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, as part of a wider visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.
He encouraged the Palestinians to “re-engage” with Israel following developments in the Middle East, brokered by the US, this month.

The UAE and Israel are set to establish diplomatic ties in a deal that halted planned annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state, it was announced on August 13.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary used his discussions with President Abbas to set out the UK’s unwavering commitment to a two-state solution.

“In their meeting, the Foreign Secretary encouraged President Abbas to re-engage in direct discussions with Israel given the suspension of annexation plans.

“They discussed the twin challenges that Covid and the excessive constraints of Israeli occupation were placing on the Palestinian people.

“The UK has provided long-standing development support to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Foreign Secretary set out further contributions today to help alleviate the impacts of coronavirus.”

In Israel, the Foreign Secretary had been due to meet his counterpart, foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi, hold bilateral talks with minister of defence and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz, and under-pressure prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister declared earlier this month that, while President Donald Trump’s US administration had asked that Israel put its West Bank annexation plans on hold to move forward with the UAE agreement, there was “no change” to his government’s long-term annexation plans.

 • Parliamentary supporters of Israel have written to Dominic Raab to urge the UK to stop Iran from buying conventional weapons again. In a letter from Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), Raab was told that the UK’s decision not to extend the arms embargo due to expire on 18 October 2020 was “deeply regrettable”.

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David Icke, who claims ‘Rothschilds planed virus’, addresses anti-lockdown demo
Conspiracy theorist who also says the world is run by giant shape-shifting reptiles appeared on stage with Jeremy Corbyn's brother.
August 30, 2020, 1:45 pm  2
Conspiracy theorist David Icke, who believes the world is run by giant shape-shifting reptiles, has addressed hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters in Trafalgar Square.
The former football commentator, who is banned from Australia for Holocaust denial, recently faced accusations of antisemitism from anti-racism and Jewish groups.
In May the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH)  unveiled a report  alleging Icke is spreading “dangerous misinformation” about Covid-19, including the claim that “Sabbatian Frankists” and the Rothschilds are behind, or helped plan, the outbreak.
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He also believes Israel is using the pandemic to “test its technology”.
Also among those present at the “Unite for Freedom” rally on Saturday were the brother of the former Labour Party leader, Piers Corbyn.
Prior to the demonstration, in which protesters displayed anti-mask and anti-vaccination placards, police “strongly advised” people to avoid large gatherings for their own safety. “We are still in the middle of a global pandemic,” it said. “If you attend a gathering of more than 30 people, you may be committing an offence, which is punishable by a fine. We all need to continue to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Icke’s 1995 book, And the Truth Shall Set You Free, focused on a global conspiracy by “Rothschilds and Rockefellers” and contained a chapter questioning aspects of the Holocaust and criticising society for suppressing “alternative information to the official line of the Second World War.”

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Danny Danon’s Five Years at the United Nations
Aug 29, 2020  |  by Rabbi Shraga Simmonsprint article
Middle East Dynamics
Aish.com: Israel’s new peace deal with the UAE is a seismic shift – opening up Israeli technology and export to the second-largest economy in the Middle East. The UAE agreement also weakens the BDS movement as Arab countries move away from boycott. Most of all, the agreement puts to rest the myth that peace in the Middle East revolves around first solving the Palestinian issue.
How do you envision Middle East dynamics unfolding over the next few years, and how does the UAE deal impact the Palestinian stalemate?
Danon: Unfortunately, I don't see a Palestinian leadership willing to negotiate directly with Israel. So today we have to speak about a new paradigm. In the past, in order to advance Israel regionally, the paradigm was to first solve the Palestinian conflict. Today it's the exact opposite. We are working with the Arab world and they will help us negotiate with the Palestinians. Today we have full diplomatic relations with Jordan, Egypt, the UAE – and other countries may follow soon. Then maybe we can sit down together and try to resolve the Palestinian conflict.
Voting Blocs
Aish.com: The wall of U.N. headquarters is engraved with the visionary words of Isaiah – "They shall beat their swords into plowshares" – hearkening to the U.N.'s original, noble mandate to promote peace and justice. Yet the entire apparatus has been hijacked by corrupt Third World forces – a voting bloc that results in Israel being condemned by more U.N. resolutions than any other nation in the world. Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Abba Eban once said that if the U.N. introduced a resolution declaring that “the earth was flat and Israel flattened it,” it would pass by an overwhelming majority.
Over the past five years, how did you manage to shift sentiment toward Israel in such a hostile environment?
Danon: When the U.N. was established after the Second World War, it had a clear agenda to prevent war and to promote dialogue. Unfortunately, the U.N. today is not the U.N. that was established 75 years ago. Today you see anti-Israel resolutions in a proportion that doesn't make sense. Twenty-two resolutions every year condemn Israel, and only one resolution condemns Iran. This is absurd.
By focusing on three pillars – Judaism, Israel, and innovation – we changed the reality at the U.N. The best example is when I ran for chairmanship of the U.N. legal committee. It was a secret ballot, and I received the support of 109 member states. Only 44 voted against me. I became the first Israeli ever to chair a permanent U.N. committee. This is proof that change is possible.
Danny Danon with then-U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikky Haley. On the right: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
U.S-Israel Relations
Aish.com: At the U.N., the United States and Israel vote in concert 88 percent of the time; by contrast, other Mideast "allies" like Egypt and Saudi Arabia vote with the U.S. less than 10 percent of the time. In fact, U.S. State Department figures show that for decades, Israel votes with the U.S. more than Great Britain, France, Canada or any other country in the world.
Yet Israel has always walked a fine line in asserting its own national priorities. Ben Gurion defied American pressure by declaring statehood; Levi Eshkol boldly defied the U.S. with the 1967 preemptive strike; and Menachem Begin was condemned by the U.S. for annexing the Golan Heights and destroying the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
In the past, you’ve spoken against appeasing the United States, saying that “U.S. pressure on Israel hurts Israel and does nothing to advance peace.” This was a theme of your 2012 book, Israel: The Will to Prevail. Having spent five years in such a sensitive diplomatic post, working closely with three American ambassadors to the U.N., has your view of this matter evolved?
Danon: Whenever Israel makes decisions by itself without asking permission from friends and allies, in the long run we gain the respect of the world that these were the right decisions. Aside from the examples you mention, Prime Minister Olmert, whose political positions I don't support, deserves credit for his decision in 2007 to attack the Syrian nuclear reactor. President George W. Bush writes in his memoir about the day he told Olmert not to attack – yet after Israel demolished the reactor, Bush’s respect for Israel increased.
So you don't always have to appease your allies. We have to do what's good for Israel and the Jewish people in the long run.
Biblical Rights
Aish.com: In 2010, the U.N.’s cultural arm, UNESCO, voted to declare Rachel's Tomb a mosque, and decreed that preserving it as a Jewish site is a violation of international law. Then in 2016, the White House helped orchestrate the passage of Resolution 2334, saying that Jewish presence in the Old City of Jerusalem – including the Western Wall – flagrantly violates international law.
In response to such hateful denials of the truth, you donned a kippah and delivered a speech at the U.N. – which subsequently went viral – speaking about the land of Israel as the cradle of Jewish identity. You read in Hebrew from the Bible, then held it aloft and declared: "This is our deed to the land
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Memories of The Blitz 80 years on: ‘Only the staircase of our house was left’
Eight decades after British cities were bombed during the Second World War, Jenni Frazer speaks to those with first-hand memories of the terrifying experience
September 8, 2020, 4:50 pm
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
This week, 80 years ago, the German Luftwaffe began a systematic bombing of London, which lasted for a terrifying eight months and five days. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged in what became known as the London Blitz — and thousands of civilians were killed or injured.
Those who have first-hand memories of the Blitz today are in their late 80s or early 90s, and were children during the Blitz — which was carried out in other major British cities, too. Many of the children were evacuated from the capital — though some did return to London, both during the Blitz, and after it ended in May 1941.
Among those who were sent out of London by their parents were Ron Shelley and his little sister, Anne. Today Ron, a national vice-president of Ajex, is an MBE for his services to the Jewish community.
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Back in 1940, however, Ron was 10 and Anne was six years old when their parents sent them out of London to keep them safe. They went, at the outbreak of the war in 1939, to Virginia Water, Surrey, only about 20 miles from London, from their home in Stepney Green.
“We assembled in a village hall while people walked round to choose which children they would take home. But nobody picked us, so the billeting officer found Mr and Mrs Hammond, and we were both taken to their home”, said Ron.
The children’s parents visited whenever they could. Ron’s father, a ladies’ hairdresser, became an ambulance driver during the Blitz, a scary and risky part of civil defence. Later, despite being 38, he was called up and sent to a unit in India, while the children’s mother continued war work in England. The Shelley children remained out of London for most of the war, more than five years for Ron and around four for his sister.
The Shelley family were lucky: their London tenement flat was not caught in the bombing, though plenty of their Stepney neighbours were not as fortunate.
Firefighters tackling a blaze among ruined buildings after an air raid on London
And though Ron was in Virginia Water, the fires and results of the Blitz bombing could be seen from where he was. “We knew what was going on — one night in December, 1940, we could see the flames in London”.
Tragically, the bombing was not confined to London. One day at school in Surrey, the headmaster announced that Dan Plant, a pupil who sat at the next desk to Ron Shelley, had been killed, the night before.
Ron explained: “There was a German bomber which was being attacked by a British Mosquito fighter plane, and instead of proceeding to London the German pilot dropped his bombs where he was — over Weybridge, and Dan and his whole family died as a result.”
We assembled in a village hall while people walked round to choose which children they would take home. But nobody picked us, so the billeting officer found Mr and Mrs Hammond, and we were both taken to their home
Ruth Glassman is today a Jewish Care Meals on Wheels volunteer, though her work has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
She said: “My war memories are very blurred —I was a very little girl.
Jewish Care – VE Day and Stories from World War II
“We lived in a house in Filey Road (Hackney). We lived with my grandfather, my mother’s widowed father. We had the ground floor and the basement level. The first floor was rented to a Mrs Atkins, and the top floor was occupied by my father’s sister, Annie, her husband, Uncle Julie, and their son Roy.
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
“We had an Anderson shelter in the garden and a reinforced table, a Morrison shelter, in the basement, thought to be the safest part of the house. It was bought because I was too frightened to go into the Anderson shelter; I remember, [during the Blitz], my father used to cuddle me under the table, while my mother went into the Anderson shelter with the rest of the occupants of the house.
Ruth’s father and her uncle Julie became night-time fire-watchers throughout the Blitz, reporting where bombs had landed so that the fire-fighters could attend directly. During the day, her father worked in a factory owned by another uncle, which made sandbags, vital to civil defence work.
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Pelosi's absurd response to Trump's Middle East peace deals
Pelosi made a claim about Trump's peace deals that just makes no sense. How can anyone possibly support someone who is so far removed from reality? This is just too much.
September 17
Can anything that President Trump does be a positive thing? In the mind of Nancy Pelosi, the answer is no. Anything that doesn’t advance the two state solution between Israel and Palestinians is bad. One second. Does she really have such tunnel vision that she can’t even see what is positive about Israel and two Arab countries making a peace agreement?
Pelosi calls peace deal in the Middle East a “distraction”
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The disrespect between the Democratic leadership and President Trump has reached such a horrible low that American politics has become dull and predictable. This is not just due to the Democratic party. It is due to the divisive manner of speaking that President Trump has brought into the White House. Unfortunately, this clouds over some excellent policy decisions that he has made. In a normal situation, his accomplishments would place him as a clear front runner for reelection. But since he has been so controversial, there is now a uniquely divided electorate. There are at least 45% of the electorate that will definitely vote for Donald Trump and 45% that will not. That leaves a vicious fight for the 120% of the middle-of-the-roaders who will determine the election.
If the election is based on policy, Donald Trump should win handily. If it is based on style, both sides should lose. Donald Trump’s infantile name-calling should not allow him to even win a primary, let alone the Presidency. But, he has mastered the art of working the media to grab maximum attention at no charge. But, Joe Biden’s obvious lack of mental acuity should also be reason enough for him not making it on to the ballot. The state of the American political system has reached a low point. But, this will probably change by 2024 as a new leadership will take over in Congress and the Senate. The American public will probably crave a return to civility after so much rancor and discord in Washington. A unifying candidate will probably be the wining candidate. But, until then, things will be rather rocky.

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Boris Johnson: Rosh Hashanah marks ‘end of a year many would like to forget’
Prime Minister reflects on 'disproportionate losses' in the Jewish community as he calls on British Jews to 'save the lives of your fellow citizens' this Rosh Hashanah
September 18, 2020, 11:31 am
Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson reflected on the “disproportionate losses” in the community during the pandemic, closures of synagogues and cancelled simchas – as he wished British Jews a happy new year.
Delivering his Rosh Hashanah message to the community, he said the sound of the shofar would “signal not just the arrival of a new year, but also the end of one that many would like to forget.”
In a year dominated by coronavirus, which has caused the deaths of more than 500 members of the community – and over 40,000 across the country, he said the virus “for reasons we still don’t fully understand, has hit Jews of Britain particularly hard.”
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And the disproportionate losses you have suffered have been compounded by the necessary privations of lockdown.”
Synagogues that have remained open for centuries, welcoming worshippers on Shabbat even as Nazi bombs rained from the sky, were forced to close their doors just when people needed spiritual comfort more than ever.”
It’s been a year of cancelled and postponed bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.”
This comes after Boris Johnson made it illegal to gather in groups of more than six on Monday. Synagogues are allowed to hold greater numbers  – provided congregants in groups of more than six maintain social distancing and followed safety guidelines – within the shul building. This week, Chief Rabbi Mirvis called on the people to abide by virus guidelines at “risk posing a danger to the lives of others”.
The Prime Minister said the tightening of restrictions has “come as a real blow to those who hoped to mark the high holy days with some degree of normality.”
Being required to mark Rosh Hashanah without the close embrace of family will make this a difficult end to what has been a very difficult year.”
But, here in the UK and around the world, Jewish communities have never been ones to take adversity lying down”
So I was not in the least surprised to see you responding to the challenges of Coronavirus with typical vim, vigour and ingenuity.”
Reaching out to support one another. Offering spiritual, practical and financial help to friends and neighbours of all faiths and none. And finding new ways to come together as a community for education, prayer and celebration.”
Calling on the community to follow guidelines to stem the flow of transmission of virus – and save lives.
“When it comes to totting up good deeds from the year gone by, I can’t think of anything greater than doing what w
Shana Tova – and may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

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Watch: 2,000-year-old mikveh transported to permanent site
2,000-year-old mikveh unearthed during excavations near Hamovil Junction moved in complex operation to Kibbutz Hanaton area.
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A 2,000-year-old mikveh weighing 57 tons, which was exposed north of Hamovil Junction, was hoisted by crane and transported on a heavy equipment carrier, on its way to a new permanent site in Kibbutz Hanaton.
Archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority began prior to constructing a central interchange at Hamovil Junction in the Lower Galilee, at the initiative of Netivei Yisrael, recently revealed the remains of an agricultural farm from the Second Temple period, including a magnificent mikveh.
This is the first Jewish agricultural farm discovered in the Galilee. The excavations were conducted with the help of workers from the village of Manda, students of pre-military preparatory schools, and volunteers from the surrounding localities, including residents of the nearby Kibbutz Hanaton.
According to the directors of the excavation, Abed Ibrahim and Dr. Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority: "The magnificent mikveh unearthed in the excavation is of an ancient type called 'Jerusalem' - with a narrow entrance and a wide staircase, covered with plaster characteristic of Second Temple-period mikvahs. The agricultural farm in which the mikveh is located existed until it was destroyed in an earthquake in 363 CE. It was restored and rebuilt and continued to exist throughout the Byzantine period - until the 6th century CE."
The existence of a tahara facility indicates that the residents of the farm were Jews, who led a religious and traditional way of life, and used to keep tahara as a commandment of the Torah.
The mikvahs were used in daily life among the Jews before the destruction of the Temple and especially after it, to the present day. During the Roman period, mikvahs were built in Jewish villages and farms near agricultural installations such as oil presses, work houses, and wineries. Prior to working with agricultural produce, farmers used to immerse in the mikveh to handle agricultural produce, such as olive oil and wine, in purity.
According to Ibrahim and Dr. Atrash, “The discovery of the mikveh in Beit Hava changes what we knew about the way of life of Jews during the Second Temple period. Until now, since Jewish farms were not known in the Galilee, it was common to think that Jews in Roman times did not settle on farms outside villages or cities. The discovery of the Jewish agricultural farm away from the village of Sheikhin and the largest Jewish city at the time, Tzipori, shows that Jews also lived on agricultural farms, which may have served as the agricultural hinterland of the city of Tzipori. According to the archaeologists, "the complex operation was made possible in large part thanks to the understanding of the importance of the finds and the cooperation shown by Netivei Yisrael, which even donated its heavy machinery for the operation."
Seventeen hundred years have passed since the farm was destroyed in an earthquake, and about fourteen hundred years since the place was completely abandoned, and a huge bridge began to be built in the green valley that would carry a bypass road at Hamovil Junction. One side of the bridge was built at the foot of the hill, and it needed to be anchored. To do this, deep foundation trenches needed to be dug in the rock at the foot of the hill, where the mikveh was exposed.
Since it was impossible to preserve the mikveh on the site, the idea arose to detach the installation from the rock and copy it to a protected site for display, for the benefit of the public.
The Israel Antiquities Authority, together with members of Kibbutz Hanaton, joined Operation Mikveh. The residents, who even launched a mass funding campaign for the cause, proposed placing the ancient mikveh next to the kibbutz's active mikveh. In cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Netivei Israel, the Jezreel Valley Regional Council and the residents, the necessary funding was obtained to move the ancient mikveh.
In the past week, preparatory work for the extraordinary transport operation was carried out with the help of Hordus Engineering and accompanied by the Conservation Authority of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The mikveh was first hewn on all sides, detached from its base, and surrounded by a steel cage to maintain it and allow it to be hoisted. Today, to the cheers of the kibbutz children and residents, it was hoisted in the air and sent to its new place.

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First grade teacher reunited with student he helped deliver 6 years ago
6 years ago, he helped a woman give birth. Now, Meir Hajbi is reunited with the child he helped deliver, becoming his 1st grade teacher.
Arutz Sheva Staff , 29/09/20 13:43
Hajbi and Shir
Hajbi and ShirUnited Hatzalah
Shir Aargi, a first-grader in Ma’alot Meshullam elementary school in Rehovot was enthusiastic when he learned who his first-grade teacher was going to be. “Mr. Hajbi was at my birth and now he is my teacher,” Aargi said excitedly.
Meir Hajbi, volunteers as a United Hatzalah EMT when he isn’t teaching or with his own family. Six years ago, he assisted Shir’s mother in her delivery and now once again received the boy when he walked into Hajbi’s first-grade class one month ago. “It is very moving for me to see this unique boy walk into my classroom every morning with his knapsack on his shoulder,” said Hajbi prior to the lockdown that resulted in the closure of Israel’s education system before Rosh Hashanah.

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