When Israeli benevolence and light to nations merge

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Benevolence is an act performed for the good of another, out of love, compassion, or generosity of heart, not in return or coercion. In Judaism this is called a mitzvah, which includes connectivity, any kind of helping and helping others, with one’s body, money and soul.

Israel is known to be a light to the nations, or a light to all nations. This term has its origin in the prophet Isaiah that many translate into the universal designation of the Israelites as mentors of spiritual and moral guidance for the entire world: “He says:’It is easy for you to be my servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to bring back besieged Israel; Y I will make you a light of the Gentiles, to be my salvation to the ends of the earth.’” ~ Isaiah 49:6.

Chanukah, Eighth Candle-Sunday December 29, 2019-Photo Nurit Greenger

Hanukkah, the festival of victory, liberation and lights

The Maccabees were victorious against the Greeks; they liberated the Temple in Jerusalem, they found a pot of oil that was supposed to produce light for one day and miraculously the oil fed the light for eight days. In the end everything turned out in a particularly miraculous way.

And the holiday of Hanukkah, what does the word ‘Hanukkah’ mean? There are several explanations for this and here we discuss just one:

When you buy a new house, you have a housewarming party, in Hebrew it’s called Chanukat HaBayit. In this case, with the construction of the First Temple, the building received its inaugural consecration. During the Maccabees, the days of the Hasmonean dynasty, which ruled the land of Israel from 167 B.C. C. until 37 a. C., the Greek invaders broke into the Temple and desecrated it. the 25ththe day of the Hebrew month of Kislev the Temple was liberated by the Maccabees. After the liberation they celebrated Chanukat HaBayit, a ceremony of rededication and purification of the Temple. The Hanukkah holiday is named after that ceremony.

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Logo of the US-AZ Cultural Foundation.

Azerbaijan, US-AZ Cultural Foundation and Hanukkah

For 30 years, Armenia illegally occupied 20% of Azerbaijan’s land. In 2022, with a 44-day war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, this occupation came to a victorious end for Azerbaijan. The spirit of the Azerbaijani nation turned from despair to hope.

Liberation is joyful but humanly costly. Many Azerbaijani soldiers were injured during this war.

It is known that Israel is a country that is one phone call away to help anyone anywhere.

In 2021, despite the obstacles the world faced due to the COVID pandemic, a delegation of Israeli doctors arrived in Baku, the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and operated on the eyes of 150 Azerbaijani soldiers. Many received prosthetic eyes and also underwent facial repair surgeries to give them an appearance they can look with confidence in public.

The eye of a wounded soldier, Arif Hajiyev, could be saved. A cornea was ordered and flown from Israel’s cornea bank and was successfully transplanted into Arif’s damaged eye, for “cataract extraction, intraocular lens implant and cornea graft” triple procedure, all performed under a act of humanitarian spirit. An act of goodwill.

Benevolence for wounded Azerbaijani veteran Arif Hajiyev - photo Nurit Greenger
Azerbaijani wounded veteran Arif Hajiyev – photo Nurit Greenger

US-AZ Cultural Foundation Joins Benevolence Act

US-AZ Cultural Foundation‘s purpose is to promote relations between Azerbaijan, the United States, Israel and the West in general.

As a gesture of benevolence and light to the nations act, with the generous support of ‘The State Committee for Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan‘, the State of Israel and Chabad-Lubavitch of southern La CiénegaLos Angeles, California, the first day of the Hanukkah Festival, December 18, 2022, US-AZ Cultural Foundation, a United States foundation, Nurit Greenger, Founder, and Eti El-Kiss Mizrahi of Double Trouble World Productionsthey humble themselves and honored to announce who will accompany veteran Arif to Israel, where he will meet and thank the family of his cornea donor in person and reconnect with his corneal transplant physician, Yishay Falick, MD.

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Closing a diplomatic circle

The United States and Israel have had embassies in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, for the past 30 years.

In 1992, following its independence from the Soviet Union, the United States established diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan, which has an embassy in Baku, and Azerbaijan, which has an embassy in Washington DC. Together, the two countries work to promote European energy security, expand bilateral trade and investment. and combat terrorism and transnational threats.

On December 25, 1991, Israel formally recognized Azerbaijan’s independence, becoming one of the first states to do so, and established diplomatic relations with the country on April 7, 1992 with Israel having an embassy in Baku. The two countries have years of bilateral relations with a strong trade and economic partnership in energy, commissioning, defense, agriculture, medicine and more.

The missing link in the diplomatic triangle has been Azerbaijan. On Friday, December 18, 2022, the parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan passed a landmark law to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, making Azerbaijan the first majority Shia Muslim country to send a high-ranking diplomatic mission to Israel. .

All acts of benevolence are in the spirit of harmonious coexistence, respect, collaboration, and support among nations.

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