The head of the internationally recognized Israeli search-and-rescue organization ZAKA was attacked by a lioness while on safari in South Africa, but was saved “by the grace of God.”
Following Sunday’s mass shooting attack at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left at least 26 people dead and 20 wounded, ZAKA, Israel’s premiere search and rescue organization, known as the first on the scene of a terror attack and the last to leave, offered advice should one find themselves in such a dire situation.
Almost a week after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico, Israeli rescuers, including a team of ZAKA volunteers who recovered the body of a Mexico City rabbi, continue to work around the clock in the ongoing search and rescue mission.
Soldiers patrolled the seam-line area of the Har Adar settlement Tuesday night after a 7:14 a.m. terrorist attack at its back gate claimed the lives of three Israelis and wounded one other.
Weeks after the deluge from Hurricane Harvey, a Christian man from Houston showed members of ZAKA, an Israeli search-and-rescue team, the only thing in his home that survived the flood. When Gulf Meadows Church Pastor Becky Keenan asked the ZAKA team, helping residents clean up their homes and neighborhoods inundated by floodwaters, they met Andran Penn.
The ultra-Orthodox emergency response organization ZAKA is forming a special unit of volunteer Kohanim, or Jews from the priestly class, to deal with the aftermath of any future fatal terror attacks on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, it announced.
For the first time in 2,000 years, a group of Kohanim (men of the Jewish priestly caste) living close to Jerusalem’s Old City are studying the relevant Jewish laws to be able to ascend the Temple Mount and enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence is said to dwell.
The ZAKA volunteer rescue and recovery organization has established a priestly unit to deal with scenarios requiring its assistance on the Temple Mount, following the murder of two policeman there earlier this month.
Best known for their sacred work in honoring the dead in terror attacks, accidents on the roads and in the home, and natural disasters, the ZAKA organization, which already operates a Shiva Gemach—a free loan service for items required by mourners during the shiva week, is taking this service one stage further.
As ZAKA volunteer Moti Bukchin said the words of the Havdalah prayer that transitions the Jewish people from the fragrance of Shabbat into the mundane week – “Behold, God is my savior, I will trust God and not be afraid” – this past Saturday night, his thoughts were not on his children playing or the delicious food his wife had prepared for the holy day. Rather, his thoughts had drifted to a scene several kilometers away, to the heinous terror attack in the Samarian community of Halamish.