The good news is that I’m on holiday with all my kids and grandchildren in Kibbutz Lavi.
Also good news is that my father-in-law is home from hospital after a 10 day stay.
Less good news is that it’s very difficult to nigh-impossible to blog on an ipad.
Therefore I’ll leave you with a couple of short links as reading material for Shabbat:
No Camels brings us the wonderful news of a possible cure for melanoma:
Now, a new Tel Aviv University study sheds light on the precise trigger that enables melanoma cells to become invasive killers, providing a future method to block cancer by pinpointing the precise place in the process where “traveling” cancer turns lethal.
The researchers found that the direct contact of melanoma cells with a layer of the skin turned on a set of genes that promotes changes in melanoma cells, rendering them invasive.
“Now that we know the triggers of melanoma transformation and the kind of signaling that leads to that transformation, we know what to block,” Levy says. “Maybe, in the future, people will be able to rub some substance on their skin as a prevention measure.”
Kol hakavod to the researchers, Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Carmit Levy, along with researchers from the Technion, Sheba Medical Center, and the Hebrew University. May their research bear fruit for the benefit of millions of melanoma patients worldwide.
From life saving to life-affirming and remembrance, a Torah scroll was dedicated at the Kotel this week in memory of Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali, the three teens kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists.
Arutz Sheva was on scene as a Torah scroll was dedicated Tuesday at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, in memory of the three Israeli teens abducted and murdered by Hamas terrorists last summer – Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Sha’ar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16).
The families of the murdered teens were present at the special event, as were Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau, Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Kotel Chief Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, and other leading rabbis.
Gilad Sha’ar’s father Ofir spoke to Arutz Sheva about the Torah dedication, calling it a “complicated event” in that it is both a memorial to the murdered teens encompassing the pain of their loss, but it also contains the joy of dedicating a Torah scroll at the Kotel.
“The symbol of the three boys was the unity of kol am Yisrael (the entire nation of Israel – ed.) all this year and especially all the time of the kidnapping,” said the bereaved father.
“The most special place to show this unity is here in the Kotel, where everyone can feel belonging here in this place.”
When asked whether the murder of the boys sparked a change in Israeli society, he noted that there is a tendency for one news story to replace another and the public to become indifferent.
But at the same time, Sha’ar said he perceived that people last summer felt “not the same,” in a change for unity he hopes can continue in the coming years.
What a wonderful inspiring thought to take home for Shabbat and for the month of Elul, the month of introspection and ski hot, which begins tomorrow.
Wishing you all chodesh tov and Shabbat Shalom!