A Purim miracle. That's how a Yad L'Achim rescue team described last week's dramatic evacuation of S., a Jewish woman, and her three children from a hostile Arab village near Beit Lechem.
A moving drama came full circle in Yad L'Achim's head offices recently, after a woman learned that she could reverse the terrible mistakes of her youth and rejoin the Jewish people.
A moving ceremony was celebrated recently at Yad L'Achim: The bris milah of a baby born to a young woman rescued by the organization from an Arab village. Making the ceremony even more poignant is that it succeeded in reuniting the woman and her parents for the first time since she left home to marry an Arab.
In recent weeks, Yad L'Achim's offices received six wedding invitations from women rescued by the organization from Arab villages. These women, from Haifa in the north to Ashdod in the south, are marrying and setting up blessed Jewish homes.
Everything was planned down to the last detail. The rescue was scheduled and every member of the Yad L'Achim team knew his role. R. had prepared a mental list of what she would take with her and when she would pack so that her Arab husband wouldn't become suspicious. The emotions were riding high.
Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Chanoch Zeibert led a top-level delegation of city officials on a tour of Yad L'Achim's headquarters. The delegation, which included city treasurer Rabbi Aharon Adler, city council member Rabbi Shlomo Kostlitz and Rabbi Yosef Gerelitz, the mayor's special assistant, was welcomed by Yad L'Achim chairman Rabbi Yisrael Lifschitz and Rabbi Shmuel Lifschitz, one of the organization's leaders.
Mahmoud Mansour, the Arab who married a Jewish girl from Jaffa two months ago in a wedding that sparked a nationwide controversy, was arrested by police this week for possessing illegal substances, according to media reports in Israel.
"I want to share with you something that happened here, in this very building, a short while ago. Yad L'Achim brought six souls back to Judaism."
With this dramatic announcement, Rabbi Moshe Bitton, the secretary general of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Courts, began his remarks to a special session this week in Jerusalem for court administrators and senior officials of the Interior, Religious Affairs and Justice ministries.
A young Jewish convert to Islam was sentenced Sunday to a year in prison. The convert, a woman from Beersheva, had taken advantage of her position as an inspector at a security checkpoint to allow her Arab husband to slip into Israel illegally.
In the wake of a nation-wide controversy sparked by the recent marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab, the Haaretz newspaper commissioned a comprehensive poll on attitudes toward intermarriage among the Israeli public.
Complaints have been streaming into Yad L'Achim's emergency hotline of minority bus drivers taking advantage of their position to lure Jewish girls.
The tragic wedding this Sunday between a Jewish woman and an Arab from Jaffa continues to spark fierce debate among the Israeli public.
Yad L'Achim tried hard to get the wedding cancelled, appealing to the bride in a variety of ways. The organization introduced her to a young woman it had rescued from an Arab village, who shared details of how her husband had turned violent a short while after their marriage.
The woman on the other end of the line was hysterical. She had just gotten word that her daughter was leaving home the next morning to live with an Arab, and was calling the Yad L'Achim hotline for help.
"We are a religious family and this hit us like a bombshell," cried the woman, who lives in northern Israel
After growing up thinking she was a Muslim and condemned to life imprisonment in a violent marriage, R. last week received recognition by the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court that she is a Jew - just in time to join the rest of her people in celebrating Shavuos.
An elderly Jew who refused to give up on his granddaughter, even after she converted to Islam and married an Arab, celebrated a sweet victory this week when the girl, rescued from an Arab village by Yad L'Achim, had her status as a Jew restored by the Jerusalem Religious Court.
Find out who the person is that rescued 1,373 children from Arab villages last year as well as facilitated daring rescues from Arab villages.
Throughout the year, Yad L'Achim arranges lectures that raise awareness among Jewish girls as to the effects of intermarriage with Arabs, in a bid to nip the painful problem at the bud
Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Yosef, met last week with the leaders of Yad L'Achim to discuss the burning issues of the day facing the Jewish people.
The Knesset Law Committee recently held a meeting to discuss a scandalous amendment to the adoption bill. The amendment, initiated by a group of MKs headed by MK Kol of Yesh Atid, states that a Jewish child can be given over for adoption to a non-Jewish family
The Education Ministry has decided to postpone a program aimed at bringing together Jewish and Arab youths. The program, which enjoyed the full backing of the education minister and was allocated generous funding, required every Jewish student to participate in at least two meetings with Arab students during his 12 years in school.