Jul 25, 2016

Palestinians: What is extremism to you? (video)








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Synagogues of Arizona (video)








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KOLture Shock - Im Eshkachech (video)

KOLture Shock si a mixed acapella group, so watch out for any possible kol isha...






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Facebook Status of the Day




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Jul 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

The government of Israel wants to take from an entire generation the ability to support itself... 

  -- MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) responding to the news of the vote in the government to revoke the law passed by Lapid that would have forced the Haredi educational institutions to teach core curriculum subjects

Lapid is wrong with this because Lapid is passing the buck to the government and blaming the government for the bad decisions of a specific community. The blame for this should all go to the leadership of the Haredi community that has fought against teaching core curriculum subjects. I understand they don't want to be forced into doing anything, but they alone are at fault for the educational system they promulgate to their people. Let them bear the blame for their flock living in destitution, large percentages of them unable to make a decent living, and children who fail out of the system with no other options made available to them.

I think we all know that even had the government not repealed the law and elft it on the books that they have to teach these subjects, the Haredi community would have found a way out of it...



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Regev to keep Shabbos at Olympics

Next Friday, August 5, will be the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Minister of Sport and Culture Miri Regev has announced that she will be skipping the opening ceremonies due to being a representative of Israel, the "sole Jewish State on the planet" and it being inappropriate to desecrate Shabbos in that role. Attempts to house her close to the event failed when security said they could not guarantee her safety with those arrangements.

Kol Hakavod to Miri Regev for taking this stance. Regev is traditional, but not religious and not normally Shabbos observant. I am sure it was not an easy decision to make. How often do you get to represent your country on an international stage as big as the Olympics? Regev chose to represent Israel in a different capacity -as one who is sensitive to Jewish culture, specifically Shabbos observance, despite everyone's, including her own, personal decision whether to observe or not.

I am assuming she is not stopping the entire Israeli Olympic team from participating but made the decision for herself alone. If the decision included the entire team, I am sure we would hear sharp criticism of her in the news.

If Regev were religious this would be more expected and less noteworthy. Being that she isn't, that makes the decision even more difficult to have arrived at and more praiseworthy.




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Proposed Law: Terrorist - hostage negotiation

MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) has proposed a law by which there would be rules set for hostage negotiation, should it, God forbid, ever be necessary.

Stern's proposal has two elements to it:
1. hostage negotiations to exchange Israelis captured by enemy for terrorists in Israeli jails would be on the basis of 1 for 1. No more trading thousands of terrorists for one or a few Israelis. 1 for 1, and that's it.
2. As soon as an Israeli is taken hostage by the enemy, Israel will harshen the terms of imprisonment for terrorists in Israeli jails. This would apply to terrorists associated with the organization behind the abduction.
source: IBA

The worst part about this law proposal is that it is being proposed by a member of the Opposition, and specifically Yesh Atid. They don't get along too well with coalition members right now, so I see it as having a high chance of being rejected. Hopefully they will approach it on its merits and garner enough support to put it through the process.



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Translation:
a halachic question I was asked: There is a concert during the Three Weeks of a band that previously had cancelled a performance in Israel because of the boycott on Israel, but now are defying the boycott despite threats and will be coming to Israel. The questioner does not like the band or its music and does not enjoy it, and only wants to go to the concert in order to support them in their decision to come to Israel.
Is it allowed?
The truth is that beyond my enjoyment of the question from a technical halachic perspective, I enjoyed the thought process behind the question... how fortunate you are, Israel!

(I am curious as to what he answered the questioner)


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IAC Shark Tank (video)

interesting idea..

The first Israeli-American Shark Tank, an initiative of the Israeli-American Council (“IAC”) and the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (“MFF”), is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new project ideas for our first annual competition: 
How can Israeliness help connect American-Jewish community members to Israel and to their Jewish heritage?
Up to five (5) finalists will be invited to present their concepts in a plenary session at the third annual National Israeli-American Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., from September 24- 26, 2016. The judging panel, comprised of leading philanthropists, will interview the contestants and decide how much funding to invest in the projects. Up to $100,000 will be awarded to support the development and execution of the concepts presented at the plenary session.
All finalists (one person per team) will be awarded:
• Full coverage of their travel expenses
• Free conference registration




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Arutz Sheva TV Meets Rapper Nissim Black (video)

this is a really great interview with Nissim





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Where beatboxing meets Judaism (video)







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Mayim Bialik's jokes (video)







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Synagogues of Arizona (video)







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Jul 21, 2016

Headline of the Day

Yishai Shlissel Aressted From Prison Under Suspicion of Planning to Attack Participants in Pride Parade


  -- Maariv

The police announced that Yishai Shlissel, the man serving more than a life sentence in jail for the murder of Shira Banki during his attack on the Pride Parade last year, has been arrested, from his jail cell under suspicion for planning an attack on this years parade.

It seems he was in talks with his brother to plan an attack. His brother and some other family members had been picked up by the police earlier this week.

Can someone already in jail be arrested? Also, I am amazed at his determination to do harm to the paraders, even from his jail cell.



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Chop 'em Down!

The following sign spotted on Emek Refaim street in Jerusalem offers a moment of irony..


The sign, placed on a tree that has been chopped down, warns residents of the area that if the light rail train route will be approved it will mean all these trees will be chopped down... (the sign calls for a meeting to plan the residents response)

The sign might have been better placed on a tree that was not yet chopped down, warning that these beautiful trees could be lost.

Anyways, I say chop em down. Progress. The city has done very well with design and style and I am sure that as part of the plan they will replant the trees and make the area pleasant and beautiful, as they have done in so many other parts of the city. The best part is that it will make that part of the city more accessible to more people. It will bring more business to the area and reawaken the Emek, that people have complained about in recent years, the way it did to the area of Jaffa Road and downtown Jerusalem.

and, yes, this reminded me of the Matisyahu song Chop 'em Down, from his album No Place To Be... back in the days he was still frum and it was cool to listen to his music...






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new train route between Tel Aviv and Tiberias

This is awesome!

Yediot is reporting that Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz has approved the extension of the Emek train route to include an express leg from Afula to Tiberias. This will also allow for an express train route between Tel Aviv and Tiberias - the ride would take just an hour. This will also allow for a train route between Tiberias and Haifa, via Afula.

Here is the press release:


This is great. It will bring the outlying cities and towns "closer" to the center of the country. This will make it easier for people to travel to Tel Aviv region, or Haifa, or pretty much anywhere, for work or for personal reasons, but especially for work. And the improvement of transportation for touring purposes will be amazing! It takes anybody traveling to the Tiberias region by public transportation hours to get where they want. They have to transfer between trains and buses that do not run frequently, and go via different cities that they have no need to be in. This will make touring easier and cheaper, in addition to the work opportunities it will provide.

Yisrael Katz is a bulldozer, as they say, and he has done a great job as Minister of Transportation. He has been probably the most effect minister in government in the past 7 years (and probably even longer).


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