May 24, 2018

Picture of the Day

photo credit: Yissachar Ruas Photography

this is a photo of a brush fire yesterday in RBS that forced residents of nearby streets to be evacuated. The fire destroyed one nursery school and a caravan shul - though the Torahs were saved.

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interviews with Ambassador Freidman (video)








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Israelis: What are the main issues in Israel? (video)







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Yeshivas: A Foundation for Business Success (video)








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Synagogues of Austria (video)






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Meir Green: Race Against Time (video)







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May 23, 2018

cellphone cubbies in shul

now here is a good idea; a proactive and unique solution rather than just complaining..



That picture is from a shul in Elad. The gabbai of this Haredi shul came up with a solution to the global problem of people bringing their cellphones into shul and using them to chat or work or browse and use social media rather than pray and pay attention during lectures. The gabbai spoke to people asking what it would take to get them to stop using their cellphones in shul and after trying other ideas, he came up with this plan - he installed cubbies in the shul, with both locks on each cubby and phone chargers inside each cubby. So now people feel comfortable leaving their phone in a locked cubby and know that it is charging while they are praying or learning rather than draining.

According to Behadrei, so far so good. People are actually using them as intended. I guess the test is over time if people will continue to use them or not. Other shuls should probably adopt a similar solution. Even if it does not solve the issue 100%, it looks like it can decrease dramatically the amount of cellphone usage in shul.




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Jewish Christian party to compete in next elections

The article I am going to reference actually leaves me with more questions and little understanding, but I could find no other articles about this to try to find more information, so for now this will have to do and we'll have to keep our eyes out for future developments..

According to Srugim, despite elections not being on the immediate horizon, a new party has already registered for official status for whenever the next elections will take place. The new political party is called "The Bible Bloc" - Hagush HaTanachi. The party has been approved by the official registrar.

According to the article this party is described as a Jewish-Christian party, led by Avi Dennis Lipkin. Lipkin is a noted speaker among the evangelical crowd in the United States. Their raison d'etre is to defend all those who believe in the Tanach and also to oppose the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel. The party will represent all peoples around the world who advocate for the western Judeo-Christian and democratic culture.

Just as a note, I was not aware of any such threat of ethnic cleansing of anybody in Israel.

The party says they expect to achieve 4 mandates, passing the current minimum threshold. Their  target audience is the hundreds of thousands of Christians in Israel and others defined as "no religion" such as many Russian immigrants and western Christians in Israel.

Lipkin defines himself as -Jewish Evangelist Zionist" and says his number 2 on the list will be a Christian.

As I said, I dont really understand what this party is or what it is representing. Are they promoting Christian values? Jewish values? shared values? Are they missionaries? Jews for J? When they say they are representing people from around the world with certain calues, how does that work?




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Picture of the Day


this picture created a bit of a brouhaha with Ambassador Friedman coming under attack as supporting the rmeoval of the Dome of the Rock and rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash. The organization that presented the picture to Friedman later apologized for causing the stir.

The real apology, though. should have been for superimposing the mikdash backwards, i.e. facing the wrong direction. They have the doors of the mikdash facing west rather than east..

Best reaction was that of MK Ahmed Tibi, who was of course critical of the presentation, but in his criticism he said it is a good thing at least that they did not move the embassy to that location!

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Woman of Valor - Israel's First Female Ambucycle Driver (video)







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Naftali Bennett on the show Hamashpiim (video)







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Jeanine Pirro's exclusive interview with Netanyahu (video)







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Jews of the world sing Hatikva (video)

very cool





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Kippalive - Inyan Shel Zman (video)







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May 22, 2018

Haredi MKs protest chilul shabbos for World Cup prep match


Back in February there was a tacit agreement to allow the soccer/football leagues to continue operating on Shabbos, and the necessary approvals and permits were granted.

Despite that, for some reason, the Haredi MKs are now protesting potential chilul shabbos expected to happen this Shabbos as part of the preparations for a Saturday night football match between Israel's National Team and Argentina's National Team. The match will be after Shabbos in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem but security preparations and security for global star Messi will cause chilul shabbos earlier in the day. The match is part of the lead up to the World Cup games.

Haredi MKs are sending their protest letters now and asking Minister Miri Regev to not allow chilul shabbos.
source: Actualic

1. I am not sure what they expect to happen. The game is happening, and security needs to be in place. How can they do this without chilul shabbos? Is the protest just lip service? shouldn't they have worked to prevent this when it was initially scheduled? At least with the Eurovision the issue is being raised well in advance rather than at the last moment..

2. Why are they protesting now when they already agreed to allow the soccer leagues to continue on Shabbos? This itself seems even less than the normal shabbos desecration as this will just be final preparations rather than the athletes playing and the fans driving and participating in the event.

3. Again, why are security preparations done on Shabbos afternoon for the soccer match any different than security reparations done on Shabbos afternoon for Lag b'Omer celebrations which the Haredi MKs consider ok and not protest-worthy?



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