Oct 23, 2017

Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun (KSY) Ramat Beit Shemesh: Entering our new home. Hoshana Rabba 5778 (video)

mazel tov!

After years in planning, on Hoshana Rabba 5778 KSY finally moved to their new home. With great emotion and happiness we danced the Sifrei Torah from our old premises to our new one. It has since been full with men, women, and children from all parts of the community. The new building still has to be finished and we are working hard to acquire the funding needed to complete this remarkable achievement.





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Happy Hatzalah Bar/Bat Mitzva project! (video)







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Avremi Roth Kumzitz (video)







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Oct 22, 2017

Another Chabad booth gets closed down

Once again a Chabad tefillin-stand in a secular neighborhood has been dismantled and removed by local authorities.

It happened recently in Herzliya, and the mayor was "Jew-shamed" into condemning the removal and allowed them to put it back into action. Now it happened in Ramat Aviv Gimmel. City supervisors forced the closure of a tefillin-stand while the Chabadnik was putting tefillin on people. I don't know about the booth in Herzliya, but the one in Ramat Aviv has supposedly been active for upwards of 20 years and only now has been dismantled.

The argument offered is that it is incomprehensible that in the Jewish State, in the first Jewish city (i.e. Tel Aviv), they cannot operate something Jewish like helping people lay tefillin and hand out parsha sheets.
source: Actualic

I am obviously not against Chabad helping people put on tefillin, but I don't think the argument holds water. You can't just do anything you want anywhere you want just because you are doing something Jewish and are in the Jewish State. You want to put tefillin on people and don't want to pay the relevant fees for the necessary permits, do it without a booth. I see plenty of Chabadniks on the trains and walking around malls and wherever else without a booth and putting tefillin just fine on plenty of people. If you want a booth and want to put it in a place that doing so would require a permit, go get the permit. If it requires paying a fee, pay the fee or request an exemption from the fee based on being a non-profit or whatever. Or


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Proposed Law: no funding for anti-State yeshivot

With the Knesset back in action tomorrow after some long vacation periods, Yisrael Beyteynu has announced it will immediately be proposing a new law that would revoke any government funding of yeshivot whose rosh yeshiva calls for evasion from the army in any capacity.

According to MK Oded Forer, who submitted the proposal, anyone who wants to isolate itself form the State, should isolate itself from State funding as well.
source: Actualic, Kikar

The expectation seems to be that the Haredi parties in Knesset will oppose this law, despite it specifically targeting the Peleg-affiliated yeshivot, those responsible for the recent riots, protests, and violence, and being those within the broader Haredi community that call publicly for draft-refusal (including not even signing the papers for exemptions or deferments). The "mainstream" Haredi community along with its yeshivot and its rabbonim oppose the Peleg and have been fighting with them in many ways and arenas. Despite that, the mainstream haredi leadership will oppose this law as they will not allow any law designed to hurt yeshivot, even yeshivot of extremists they oppose. As well, they ask why does the law target only "torah institutions" and not "academic institutions" that call for army evasion and at times, not infrequently, incite against the IDF?

Once again we see the Haredi MKs giving lip service against the extremists but when push comes to shove they continue to give them protection and cover for them.




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Picture of the Day


this is a picture from the Peleg protests... I have absolutely no idea why there is a cyclist on top of the bus



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Israelis: What do you think of Israeli human rights organizations? (video)







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Israeli Frenemies - Oct. 20, 2017 (video)







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HAMAS WANTS ME DEAD (video)






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Synagogues of New York (video)









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Michoel Schnitzler - Tzohar (video)







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Oct 19, 2017

blocking traffic is a violent protest

The only thing in the news nowadays seems to be the protests of the Peleg Yerushalmi - the Jerusalem Faction - over the arrest of two young men who, following the groups opinion, refused to go to the draft board to register for their army exemption/deferral.

It isn't all that interesting, as this has been going on for a while now, though it is currently on an upswing, and they have nothing new to add to the discussion.

The only comment I have is that blocking traffic is, in my opinion, a violent crime. Protest all you want. The right to protest is a basic right in a democracy. Normally it works by making it a legal protest with police permits, but that isn't my issue. Blocking traffic is unacceptable. People have places to be, urgent matters to attend to, scheduled events and meetings and just wanting to get home or to the store or to work or wherever, and blocking traffic disrupts tens of thousands of people's lives when they did nothing to deserve that. Go hold your protest outside a government building, outside the draft board or in some other relevant location to make your point - don't hold innocent civilians hostage to your protests.

And being a violent protest, the police should have extra leeway in putting such a protest down..

As tens of people have been arrested, I do wonder how this works with their beliefs. They refuse to go to the army because it is not a place for a Torah jew to be and going to the army will supposedly hurt them spiritually. Is jail really a place for a Torah Jew to be? Does jail present no challenges to a Torah lifestyle? Why is that a good reason to avoid the army but not to avoid doing things that will get them arrested?




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Rechnitz speech makes waves

Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz is a very talented speaker. He is interesting, he has great delivery, and he keeps his speech peppered with interesting and humorous anecdotes and thoughts.

Rechnitz spoke at the Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Mir Yeshiva on Sukkos. The speech was an hour long, surely making this a real blast of a party.

Rechnitz is a wonderful person. Truly. I knew him and his brother many many years ago, and they are truly fine people. And he puts his money where his mouth is and supports organizations and causes he believes in, and he is very generous.

The Mir does not just let anyone speak, no matter how important of a topic they want to talk about. Rechnitz has been granted podiums in the highest places in the Jewish community, because of his support and influence in the community. But at the end of the day, he is just a person with his opinion, an individual with his own take on things.

Rechnitz spoke at the yeshiva event and he targeted Open Orthodoxy and liberal Jews as "fake news" and as the greatest threat to Judaism. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. I don't know and I don't really care. What surprises me is that the Mir considers Open Orthodoxy a viable threat of sorts. There are probably more active students in the Mir right now, not even including the alumni,  than associated with Open Orthodoxy since it began. Yet the Mir gave its most precious moments to talk about the threat of Open orthodoxy. I really don't know what Rechnitz is so concerned about from Open Orthodoxy and why the Mir considers it an issue worth talking about - besides for just the desire to give Rechntz a platform to say whatever he wants and continue to receive his donations.

Online, in social media and in talkbacks to articles about this speech, many were very critical of Rechnitz. I would say to them, just ignore him. he is one person with his own opinion and he is entitled to say and think whatever he wants. You disagree? go give a speech or write an article expressing your opinion. You are just as entitled as he is to do so. It is just the opinion of an individual.

I would note that the biggest in-speech clapping he received was when he commented about continuing to donate money to the Torah world. Nobody cares what he has to say, as wonderful a person he might be (and is). They just want him to continue donating, so he gets the ability to express his personal opinion in public because of that.



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Rechnitz Mir speech 2017 (video)

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In a passionate hour long speech delivered at the Mir yeshiva’s Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Jerusalem last week, Los Angeles philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz took aim at the Open Orthodoxy movement while simultaneously calling for love and acceptance of all Jews as the only way to bring Moshiach.




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Should the ultra-Orthodox serve in the IDF? A debate on i24 News (video)








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