Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pets and Animals in Israel



There are many details to get used to when moving countries. Considering having pets, finding lost animals and how to care for them is another factor that one takes for granted in the country one comes from but does need to learn when moving to Israel.

If you are used to where vets are located, where to find pet shops, how to get in touch with your local SPCA and what animals are permitted as pets, you will have some learning to do in Israel. In some areas, a vet is easy to find while in others, vets might be in a neighbouring village or town. The rules, laws and procedures can be very, very different to what you are used to, wherever you came from.

So what do you do if you would like a pet? What do you do if you come across a lost animal? Will you know how to take care of him / her in the best possible way?

One couple found they had quite a lot of questions when moving to an apartment with a small garden. They had a few un-expected visitors and needed to learn quickly the best possible way to help them. You can learn more of their experience and what effort they went to in order to find out the appropriate intervention for Israel. 



We have just come out with a book for children, illustrated with photographs to enable the children to be a part of the story. The book tells what steps the couple went to in order to find the necessary information. Find it on Createspace and stay in touch for updates of other outlets.

This book is prepared for you by:
Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet


Monday, 6 April 2015

Birkat Cohanim 2015


Pesach is one of the three festivals that Jews would visit the Beis HaMikdash when it stood. While we are awaiting the re-building of our Holy Temple, we do still receive a blessing from the Cohanim during Chol HaMoed of Pesach and Sukkot. Since we can not visit the full Temple, we visit the Kotel and pray for the merit to enter the Temple itself, once more.  This year, Birkat Cohanim was today, Monday of Chol HaMoed. As usual, thousands (estimated at 50 000) flocked to the Kotel to receive this special blessing from the Cohanim the Priests. 

Here are just a few photographs for those who were unable to visit the Kotel and Birkat Cohanim in person. Included in the photo's is one of 3 little birds who came to join the women, watching and enjoying the Tefillah of the day.







May we all merit to re-unite in the re-built Yerushalayim with the Beis HaMikdash. May Every Jew receive all the blessings they require in Ruchnius and Gashmius and the blessing flow out from the Holy Temple to the rest of the world. 

Moadim Le'Simchah
 
This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Preparing for Pesach

This time of year is a very special time to be in Eretz Yisrael. As most Yidden are busily preparing for Pesach, there are details that need reminders.

1) Cleaning is to remove any Chometz. It is of course wonderful to clean away any dust and make sure your home is clean, neat and in order, but if you are pressurized for time, the rule of thumb is to make sure you have removed all Chometz. Any other cleaning is extra.If in doubt, check with your rabbi.

2) While clearing your cupboards, refrigerator, freezer etc, remember your medicine cabinet also needs checking. There are certain medications that are permissible for Pesach and some that are not. The Chief Rabbi's office puts out a list of those medications that are permissible for Pesach. If you have not seen the list, ask at your local pharmacy. If you have a need for certain ongoing chronic meds, make sure to prepare in advance. If necessary ask your doctor if there is a suitable alternative if the medication you require is not on the list or what s/he suggests for the 8 days of Pesach. 

On another note, the Matza that we eat on Pesach contains certain healing properties. May we all merit a complete Refuah on every level and to greet Eliyahu HaNavi and Moshiach THIS Year.

Happy cleaning everyone. May we all enjoy Chag Kasher Ve'Somayach

Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

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