Aug 16, 2017

We All Speak Ball: Ep 5, Meet the Families of Israeli Football (video)







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Itzik Orlev Bo Nadlik T'Esh Official Music Video (video)







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Aug 15, 2017

Brigitte Gabriel - raised in Lebanon - now pro-Israel, anti-Islamist activist (video)








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Israelis: Do you see Arab-Israelis as "second-class" citizens? (video)







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Israel's First Whiskey Distillery (video)







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We All Speak Ball: Ep 4, Women's Football League in Israel (video)







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Ata Kadoch - David Hababou Feat Los Primos Compas - אתה קדושׁ - Cover Duele El Corazon E.Iglesias (video)








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Aug 14, 2017

Proposed Law: PM to declare war on his own

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing an amendment to the law of how the government functions. The amendment would allow the Prime Minister to declare war or begin a military operation without requiring approval from the government, and at times even without the presence and vote of all the members of the Cabinet. The amendment is being prepared to be voted into law immediately after the Knesset vacation will be over.

It seems that the purpose of this amendment is to minimize the chances of top secret information being leaked to the public and ruining the element of surprise and the effectiveness of an impending operation
source: Channel 2 News

I think such a law grants too much power to one person while removing the few checks and balances that are in the system. That is dangerous to society because it leaves too many opportunities for the system to be abused. There should perhaps be a method by which the Prime Minister has the ability to decide on a moment's notice without getting approval from others in an emergency situation, but that should not be the default. That should be the exception



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smartphone macht frei?

the people behind these campaigns have gone from extremist idiots to insane and probably dangerous..


this is part of the anti-smartphone campaign. Here they spoof Auschwitz, with its famus gate that said "Arbit Macht Frei" - work will set you free. Here they are saying the smartphone will set you free, meaning it will cause you to leave religion - "frei" also meaning not religious..


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online mincha will meet at 1:15

Remember the psak from Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef that allows, as a bdieved, one who is unable to go to shul for services to watch a minyan online and it would be considered as davening with a minyan?

That is now happening. The horses have left the stable.

The organization Ayelet Hashachar now have a live broadcast of services from their shul in Modiin. Ayelet Hashachar is broadcasting services of Shacharis, Mincha (twice - once early and once later in the afternoon), and Maariv.

You can see the broadcast online at http://ayelethashachar.org/he/%D7%AA%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%94-%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%93%D7%95%D7%A8.html

They have a disclaimer on the site saying that davening via the online broadcast would not be considered "tefilla btzibbur", but it would be beneficial for the preference in halacha of davening ins sync with a local minyan when one cannot actually be present. I would note that this is not what Rav Yitzchak Yosef said - he paskened that it would be tefilla btzibbur but can only be used in bdieved situations such as someone who is sick or for other reasons cannot physically go to shul - not just someone who is lazy and does not want to bother going.

Once the horses have left the stable, bringing them back in is not so easy.. The psak is out there and is being used. People will use the online broadcasts however they want and nobody will be the wiser. The only thing lacking is the ability to do this for longer services such as Shabbos or holidays.. but maybe with time and technological advancements and organizations like Machon Tzmoet and others eventually that might happen as well...

By the way, I connected to the online minyan at 1:15 to see the mincha services. It ran smoothly and all was fine. I would ask that if in the video screen one sees less than ten men, is it still like davening in the minyan because there are ten in the room or must one see at least ten in the video screen to be considered a part of the minyan?



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easy conversion of foreign license in effect

Big news for new immigrants in Israel. The reform for converting foreign drivers licenses has gone into effect and now new immigrants will have an easier, and cheaper, experience converting to an Israeli license.

To qualify for this, the new immigrant must have been in Israel less than 3 years, and must have had a valid foreign license for a minimum of 5 years (and it must still be valid). More information is available at *5678

I suspect that there will be glitches at the beginning. Some clerks might not know all the details of the required procedures and when this works and when it does not, but I would guess that soon enough it will proceed smoothly.

good luck and drive safely!








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Why Jewish People Are Taking Over the World (video)

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Israeli Frenemies - Aug. 10, 2017 (video)








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Chanan Ben Ari on Cahn (video)







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We All Speak Ball: Ep. 1, American Football in Israel (video)








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