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May 27, 2015

Dov Lipman on Voice of Israel: Renouncing his American citizenship (video)

the last word gets cut off! did it feel wonderful or did it feel extremely frustrating and lousy???




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Yemenite synagogue restored in Shiloach (video)








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May 26, 2015

Dov Halbertal on bus separation

Dov Halbertal often writes like a jerk, but I pretty much agree with his latest article.

To sum up what Halbertal writes : We have suffered enough in history as the conquered people. We were discriminated against. We were separated, removed from public bus lines, discriminated against in universities and removed from academia, forced to wear unique clothes or items to easily identify us, spat upon, publicly beaten.

At this point, after his first paragraph, I thought he was going to criticize his own Haredi community for the way they treat non-Haredim who live near them - women on buses, women held back in the public arena, non-haredim living near haredi communities, soldiers - especially haredi soldiers, etc.

But no. Halbertal goes on to explain that we who suffered so much throughout history should be so much more sensitive to how we do such things to others. The Nationality Bill. Attempts to separate Palestinians from our buses, people who hit and spit on Palestinians and Christian clerics in Jerusalem, and the like.

Sure, we can explain each idea. We can justify it. We can show why it is necessary.

But shouldn't we have learned from our own history?

I happen to mostly agree with what he says. I also think what he says applies to the way the Haredi community treats others, and he does not go that far, but I do agree with his point regarding the bus separation that was recently briefly attempted in Judea and Samaria.





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Facebook Status of the Day



אם אכן הרבנות הראשית תנצל את כוחה שלא כהלכה (כעת ביחס לרב ריסקין, ובעוד עניינים ציבוריים) אצטרף לאלה הפועלים לביטולה בניגוד לעשייתי עד היום.
Posted by ‎הרב יובל שרלו Rabbi Yuval Cherlow‎ on Monday, May 25, 2015


Translation:
If it is true that the Rabbanut is taking advantage of is power inappropriately (right now against Rav Riskin, and in other public matters), I will join with those who are working to its dismantlement, against my position until today..




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don't change who you are, but come together as you are (video)

beautiful message






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Akiva Tor & Sheikh Usama Hasan Discuss the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (video)







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Dep. FM Tzipi Hotovely (video)

as Deputy Foreign Minister with no Minister above her (at this point), I think Hotoveli should take some English lessons to polish up her control of the language. She isn't bad here, even pretty decent, but it got a bit painful to hear her. Her English is good enough that she could make it a bit more fluid.






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Bennet upon entering Education Ministry (video)








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Foodography - A Unique Israeli Adventure Combining Food & Photography (video)








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May 25, 2015

Rabbanut might fire Rav Riskin

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rav of Efrat, is not quite my cup of tea, but the world, and our religion and people, is made up of all types of people.

Rabbi Riskin is headed for a confrontation with the Rabbanut, and his job might be in jeopardy. The Rabbanut has decided to not automatically extend his term for another 5 years, but are inviting him in for a frontal meeting to discuss his views and how he fits in with the Rabbanut. The idea seems to be a step in pushing him out entirely, due to his liberal views - specifically on matters of conversion.
source: kipa

Whether they should do such a thing or not just because they do not agree with his views, is one thing. If they fire him, this will end up in court and will probably be reversed, and if not it will be at least a long protracted fight.

The thing I noticed is that when the conversion reforms were on the table, specifically to allow any city rabbi to form a beis din and perform a conversion, the Rabbanut fought it claiming that any liberal rabbi will form a beis din and do what he wants, and nobody will be able to stop him.

My question, at the time, was that all these city rabbis are certified and appointed by the Rabbanut, and the Rabbanut knows exactly who they are and what their views are, and has some sort of control over them.

If they are able to do this with a long-serving rabbi like Rav Riskin, it seems I was right and their protests then were for show only. The Rabbanut can take any liberal rabbi they do not like and threaten them, make life difficult for them, and probably ultimately relieve them of their duties. So even under the conversion reform the Rabbanut really retains ultimate power.




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Regev moving ministry upsets Hamas

One of the first things Minster Miri Regev did after her appointment was to announce that she would be moving her Ministry's offices to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

I was surprised to see that this was such a significant decision that it required an official statement from Hamas!

According to NRG, Hamas released an official statement in response to Regev's decision. The statement to the media said that "they can move their government offices to Jerusalem, but at the end of the day they will lose and Jerusalem will remain as it was always Palestinan - clean of Jews. The attempts to Judaize Jerusalem will fail... it is an expression of fear and desperation of the Zionists regarding their future..."

Even if all Regev's decision could do was upset Hamas like that, and not accomplish anything else,  dayeinu.



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Headline of the Day

Pot-Enhanced Art Classes at Aspen Jewish Center Canceled

  -- the algemeiner

(the original actually said "at Chabad in Aspen" before it was changed)

hmmmmm.. maybe it is time to take up art



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Dov Lipman interviews Rabbi Karmi Gross about haredi hesder yeshiva (video)





and another semi-relevant clip abotu Haredi employment..






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the Herzog election campaign (video)

this is a documentary made about Herzog and his campaign.. looks like he was all media puff and not really appropriate as a candidate from the start..





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Thank You Hashem - A Day In Life (video)







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Celebrating Differences with Meg Zucker (video)







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