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On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene after a mass fatality scene during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer at Mount Meron in northern Israel, April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

A year with too much to mourn

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It may have been discouraging, but the dismal turnout for a national rally that was supposed to bring Jews together against anti-Semitism was also an appropriate reminder of the greatest challenge facing them. A...
Stones thrown by the Romans from the Second Temple to the street below after the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E. with the Western Wall in the background. Credit: Sarit Richerson/Shutterstock.

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene of the tragedy at Mount Meron in northern Israel, April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel launches probe into Mount Meron disaster

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The state commission of inquiry into the April 30 Mount Meron tragedy, which saw 45 people killed and 150 injured in a stampede during the Lag B’Omer festival at the site, began its work on Sunday. The...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 20, 2021. Photo by Amit Shabi/POOL.

Israel to hold formal inquest into Mount Meron disaster

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Israel’s government on Sunday ordered the formation of a state commission of inquiry into the April 29 Mount Meron tragedy, which saw 45 people killed and 150 injured in a stampede during the Lag...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

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Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
Israelis light candles for the 45 victims who were killed in a stampede at Mount Meron during the Lag B'Omer celebrations, at Rabin Squarein Tel Aviv. May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

National Insurance Institute proposes compensation for families of Meron victims

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Israel’s National Insurance Institute (NII) is proposing compensation in the amount of 100,000 shekels ($30,800) for each of the families who lost loved ones in the Lag B’Omer stampede at Mount Meron. A total of 45...
United Hatzalah emergency-service workers attempt to evacuate the injured in Meron in northern Israel after Jewish worshippers were crushed during Lag B’Omer festivities, April 30, 2021. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Knesset approves legislation for government probe into Meron disaster

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Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved a bill to establish a governmental commission of inquiry into the deadly Lag B’Omer stampede last month at Mount Meron. The bill, sponsored by Knesset member Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid...
Israeli public security minister Amir Ohana in Tzfat, visiting the family of Shlomo Zalman, who died on April 30 in the Meron stampede, May 5, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

‘If your conscience is clear, there’s no reason to resign,’ says Israel’s public security...

Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana is sticking to his guns after sparking controversy for saying that while he was responsible for the tragedy at Mount Meron on April 30, “responsibility does not mean...
Israelis comfort one another in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square following the Lag B'Omer stampede in Meron that resulted in the deaths of 45 Jewish worshippers, May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Can a disaster breed Jewish unity or widen the communal breach?

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There is nothing positive to be gleaned from an event that led to the deaths of 45 Jews and injuring of 150 others. The wake of a fatal stampede in the early hours of...