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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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The Star of David

The symbol represents the Jewish people throughout the ages.

N. Lieberman 16/08/2009 10:00

MDA, the First Aid Organization of Israel which was founded in 1936\5696, does not appear with its original symbol of a Red Star of David on the international stage, but with a Red Crystal. This was decided upon in 2005\5765 by the International Red Cross, which is situated in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Star of David is a symbol which has accompanied the Jewish People throughout history. The Star, which is comprised of two triangles facing opposite directions, was engraved on the shields of the warriors of King David, hence its name.
The most ancient finding which demonstrates the connection between the symbol of a star and the Jewish People is a Jewish seal bearing the Star of David, which was found in Zidon and originates from the 7th century, B.C.E. Other remnants of the symbol have been found in ancient synagogues from the era of the Second Temple.

The Jews of Prague selected the Star of David as a symbol for their flag in 1354\5114, when the Caesar Carl the 4th presented them with an option of choosing a flag.

On Kristallnacht, 1938\5698, the Nazis marked all the shops belonging to the Jews with a Star of David. Additionally, they forced the Jews to wear the Yellow Star on their forearms.

As mentioned before, the Star of David was chosen as the symbol of MDA.

Consequently, when MDA wished to register at the National Council of the Red Cross, it was denied acceptance on the basis that the Red Star is not one of the three recognized symbols of the organization: the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and the Red Lion and Sun.

MDA persisted to claim that if the Red Cross represents Christianity and the Red Crescent represents Islam, then Judaism should be permitted to be represented by the Red Star. 

In order to settle the dispute, the Red Cross, in 2005, designed the Red Crystal where each organization can display its religious and regional symbol.

It seems like old-fashioned anti-Semitism does not escape even a 'neutral' organization such as the Red Cross.