Divers from Israeli search and rescue organization, ZAKA, yesterday began searching the River Danube in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, for the remains of tens of thousands of Jews who were shot by the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators almost 75 years ago.
A dispute recently broke out in Rome between archaeologists and Orthodox Jews over ancient bones found in catacombs under a villa that once belonged to Mussolini. The outcome will determine whether the Jews whose bones they were, will see the resurrection of the dead.
While most of the world was enjoying a break from routine over the seasonal holidays and year-end festivities, the ZAKA International Rescue Unit was active across four continents, coordinating dozens of different people and organizations to help others in their time of need.
ZAKA, Israel’s leading volunteer search and rescue organization in not just active in Israel. Over the years, ZAKA has assisted in tragedies which have occurred in the USA, Turkey, Thailand, India, Haiti, Japan and many more.
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.