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Dec 19, 2014

Chiuch Echad - Otsar (video)






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Dec 18, 2014

Jews and Arabs running together

MK Jamal Zahalka this morning said that he thanks Avigdor Lieberman for raising the minimum threshold for the elections, as it is forcing the various Arab parties to unite and run under one ticket.

 Very nice. Perhaps some of the Jewish parties, especially those on the right, need to somehow learn the same lesson instead of splitting into smaller and smaller parties.

Zahalka said further that in the united Arab party there would be a jew as a candidate placed in a realistic spot on the party list for Knesset.

So, we have Jewish parties with Arab candidates, and Arab parties with Jewish candidates.

Clearly each thinks that a member of the other makes them look more open, more liberal perhaps, more accepting, more democratic.

Is it also a sign of the melting pot of society? There is not that much of a difference any longer? Are we recognizing that Jews can now work for Arab rights, and Arabs can work for Jewish rights? Is there something bigger going on that "just" trying to win a few more votes?


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limited visibility glasses

Here you go.. the latest invention.

sunglasses that look entirely normal but have a sticker over the lenses that limits visibility to just 3 meters ahead. The cost is 25nis, and is mean to be used when located in places that have problems of immodesty, such as airports. Alternatively, one can buy just the stickers and apply them to his own glasses for 1nis.

They can't be making much money off this, but to be able to see just 3 meters ahead,  I could just take off my glasses. My vision might be even more limited than that.





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Why electiosn are so great: Water authorities to get canceled

I love elections.

So much more gets done during election season than in 2 or four years of actual government. After elections were called, just a short 10 days ago, we've already had a new plan to bring down the cost of living (canceling VAT on basic goods), and now, among other plans announced (such as Defense Minister Yaalon announcing pavement of new roads in Judea and Samaria), Silvan Shalom has announced the cancellation of the water organizations (תאגידי מים).

The water organizations have been a thorn in the side of residents. Some function fairly well and efficient and provide decent to good service, but many do not. They all, even the good ones, have caused the price of water to increase tremendously for the consumer - me and you. Automatically, not taking anything else into account, we all now have to pay VAT on our water, which on its own is an 18% increase. Forget that they now have to also pay for fancy offices, salaries, refreshments, furniture, etc.

So, Minister Silvan Shalom announced that he is putting an end to the water authorities. Instead of the 55 water authorities around Israel, there will be one government office handling it all. In addition to those savings, there will also be a process to make the systems more efficient, which will effect an additional 9% decrease in the price of water.
source: Ynet

so, yes, I love elections. more actual benefits to the citizens of Israel (and probably true in most countries) gets done in the name of elections than at any other time.





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a humanitarian gesture of releasing a spy

as President Obama spoke at the White House Chanukah celebration event of the release of Alan Gross from prison in Cuba (video posted earlier this morning), I had one thought.

Obama spoke of Gross's deteriorating health and how his family was not sure he'd get out of prison alive.. his release was of a humanitarian nature... my thought was the hypocrisy of recognizing the importance of this humanitarian gesture for a sick man in prison, while ignoring the humanitarian issue of Jonathan Pollard who si seriously ill and has sat 30 years in prison. Obama should give a pardon or clemency based on humanitarian needs for a sick man.


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The miracle of the rediscovered oil flask

wow! what timing! The miracle of the oil. the discovery of a small bit of oil. this is timeless.

From INN:
Just in time for Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the miracle in which olive oil burned eight days instead of one as the Maccabees restored the Temple and fought off Greek occupiers, an unprecedented archaeological find has unearthed 8,000-year-old olive oil jar shards.
The jars provide the earliest evidence for the use of olive oil in Israel, and likely in the entire Middle East, and were found in the Lower Galilee area. The findings were recently published by Israel Antiquities Authority researchers Dr. Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov in an article in the Israel Journal of Plant Sciences.

Milevski and Getzov oversaw an excavation between 2011 and 2013 at Ein Zippori ahead of a project widening Highway 79. Their finds proved olive oil was already used in the sixth millennium BCE.
Pottery vessel shards found in the excavation were examined by the two along with Dr. Dvory Namdar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Earth Sciences, in an in-depth chemical process to identify organic remains absorbed by the pottery.
The pottery, which dated to the Early Chalcolithic period, was found to contain olive oil, with a comparison to modern one-year-old oil showing a strong resemblance pointing to how well the ancient oil was preserved. Two of the twenty vessels sampled were found to be particularly ancient, dating back to roughly 5,800 BCE.
"In underwater archaeological excavations directed by Dr. Ehud Galili opposite Kfar Samir, south of Haifa, remains of an olive oil industry from this period were previously discovered, whereas now at Zippori, evidence has been found for first time of the use of olive oil," the researchers noted. "Together with the Kfar Samir discovery, this is the earliest evidence of olive oil production in the country, and possibly the entire Levant (the Mediterranean basin)."
Speaking about the oil, the two researchers added "it seems that olive oil was already a part of the diet and might also have been used for lighting. Although it is impossible to say for sure, this might be an olive species that was domesticated and joined grain and legumes – the other kinds of field crops that we know were grown then. Those crops are known from at least two thousand years prior to the settlement at Ein Zippori."
"With the adoption of olive oil the basic Mediterranean diet was complete. From ancient times to the present, the Mediterranean economy has been based on high quality olive oil, grain and must (grape juice), the three crops frequently mentioned in the Bible," the two noted.


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Wardrobe Malfunction in a shul has everyone in a tizzy

the following clip was a part of an event in a shul that set off a firestorm.

(tzniyus alert)


last week a shul in Tel Aviv was used as the location for a fashion show, an immodest fashion show, while a team of chazzanim were singing shalom aleichem.

According to NRG, the show was specific for the shul as the designed had used inspiration from her studies of shul architecture and design in the design of her clothes.

The event was criticized by all, even by the Tzohar organization the shul is a part of. The rabbi of the shul, Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn, who happens to be an acquaintance of mine, was criticized for having allowed this to happen.

It turns out, though, that there was an agreement to allow the fashion show in the shul, and the rabbi obviously knew about it in advance. However, contrary to some of the claims made to defend him, but the original agreement, which has now been publicized, actually allows for a modest fashion show. The designed and producers of the show broke the agreement and put on the immodest show without agreement or knowledge by the shul administration.

It turns out the chazzan of the shul was behind the event, and was immediately fired when Rabbi Konstantyn discovered what had transpired.

Rabbi Konstantyn himself wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he wa staken advantage of and he never agreed to such an immodest show, and that he put a stop to it as soon as was possible and he immediately fired the chazzan..




To me it does not seem appropriate to hold a fashion show in the shul, even a modest one. In their contract it is justified by saying it is a part of promoting Jewish content, while safeguarding the holiness of the synagogue.

I know Rabbi Konstantyn somewhat, and I believe he was duped as he says. Rabbi Konstantyn is a heartfelt guy who works to inspire and bring people close, and has been very successful in his shul in Tel Aviv. I disagree with the justification of a modest show, as I think no fashion show is appropriate for a shul, and as we see it is just a short slip to drop from a modest show to an immodest show. His style is different from what I am used to, but what I really don't get is what the chazzan was thinking when he let this go on.





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Yonatan Blank on Cochav Haba (video)

a religious boy from Efrat competed on Kochav Haba, "the Next Star", and it turned into more than just a performance.. his mother defended him like a lioness, while one of the judges did not like the fact that he said he would not perform with women and wouldn't relent until mom forced him down.






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VP Biden and P Obama speak at Chanukah ceremonies (video)









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Hanukkah - How a Small Light Changed the World (video)








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When A Hero is Needed there's.... BatMoses ! (video)

weird but funny






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Shine With Me (Hanukkah Song) (video)

kol isha alert






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Dec 17, 2014

Lighting Up the Holiday with Jewish Hip Hop and Freestyle (video)








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Disturbed's David Draiman: Mainstream Media Laying Ground for 'Next Holocaust' (video)








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Stand Up Comics Laugh at Israel with Israel (video)








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