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Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, passed away last night at the age of 102, and was laid to rest today in Jerusalem.

The prime minister eulogized his father as a man who knew “how to identify danger in time” — a quality, his father told him, “that our people lost while in exile.” Benzion also taught him to “face reality head on” and “draw the necessary conclusions.”

Benzion, said his son, “could decipher the past and understand the future.” After all, the prime minister said his father had told him, “If you cannot understand the past, then you cannot understand the present. And those who cannot understand the present cannot hope to decode the future.”

Those politically poignant reminiscences came at the end of a eulogy that was largely more personal — in which the prime minister spoke adoringly of his father, family life, his…

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Oh, the locals. Always a pleasure. Or at least, an experience. 

Israel is such an interesting place to live and just when you think you’ve moved beyond the culture shock and finally understand the local customs, you realize just how much you’ve left to learn. Read further down for further “Israeliness”. Plus, check out a personal little blurb from me down at the bottom. Soak it all in and then have a lovely weekend indeed, y’all. 

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Lost Aryeh Kaplan part 3

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Lost Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan part III

by Alan Brill

Continued from part I and part II.

Ari Kahn has provided another     link in Kaplan’s biography, which led to an article that provides     everything up to 1965. Now our only gap is 1967-1970. (Ari- Can you ask     Fleer about those years?)


Kaplan address a question to Rav     Moshe Feinstein when he took a job teaching at the non-orthodox community     day school in Louisville, KY. The school was the Eliahu Academy in     Louisville, it was the liberal community school, so he could assume his     students would come by car on Shabbat. There was also the Orthodox day     school called Talmud Torah.


Rav Aharon     Lichtenstein commented on the Teshuvah

Rav Moshe     Feinstein relates to our issue in Igrot Moshe OC vol.I, responsa #98 and     #99 (pp. 159-160). Rav Moshe writes [in response to a question (#98) posed     by Rav Aryeh Kaplan] that one who invites people who drive on Shabbat to     participate in a minyan, transgresses the prohibition “Lifnei iveir lo     titein mikhshol” (Do not place a stumbling block in front of the     blind) because of his involvement in their Shabbat desecration. He goes a     step further in responsum #99 and claims that besides transgressing lifnei     iveir, one who invites another to do something that inevitably involves     desecration of Shabbat is defined as a “meisit” (one who incites     another to sin). For the rest see here


This factoid allowed the     following biography to show up in google.

Mason City Globe Gazette , April 3, 1965 

Welcome Rabbi and Mrs Leonard Kaplan     Joseph and Ronald

They came from Maryland

Welcome to the Kaplans

Books were an important part of the     belongings which Rabbi and Leonard M Kaplan brought with them when they     moved to Mason in Februrary.

Not only were there books of general     interest religious books scientific books but cook books Mrs Kaplan is a     cook book collector

The with children 21 month old Joseph     Michael and 10 month old Ronald Myer came from Hyattsville Md when Rabbi     Kaplan began his service with the Adas Israel congregation

He is a nuclear physicist as well as a     rabbi and was engaged in research in Washington DC.

This is his first pulpit Rabbi Kaplan     received his BS degree from the University of Louisville Ky

His theological training was at Yeshiva     Torah and Mirrer Ye in New York He was ordained in Israel While in the     seminary he taught for a time at Richmond Va and in the Bronx.

Following his ordination he was engaged in     religious teaching at Eliahu Academy in Louisville.He accepted position     with the US Bureau of Standards in Washington and continued his education     as a predoctoral student in research grants from the National Science     Foundation and the US Air Force

The Bronx is Rabbi Kaplans hometown Mrs     Kaplan is from Marigold Miss..

Reading and photography and making     scrapbooks are hobbies with Rabbi Kaplan.

Alan Brill | April 25, 2012     at 9:03 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

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