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Nov 26, 2014

Official - Eli Marcus Debut Album Promo (video)

Eli Marcus has a nice voice,... it runs in the family. Eli is the brother of the Marcus brothers of 8th day, cousin of Benny Friedman and nephew of Avraham Fried... very talented family




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Nov 25, 2014

Haredi MKs stop Israel from sending money to PA for terror

I'm surprised that it was only religious and Haredi MKs involved in this, but at least they stepped up.

Israel transfers to the PA money it collects in taxes for the Palestinian Authority.

Israel has frozen 22,000,000nis from the time of the war, and MKs want to use that money to cover some of the debt held by the Electric Company for unpaid bills by the Palestinian Authority.

Beyond that, these MKs are disturbed by the fact that the PA pays money to terrorists jailed and their families. They pay millions of shekels per month out to the families of 6000-7000 terrorists. Each terrorist receives from the PA 3500nis per month. This is higher than the average salary in the Palestinian areas. Financially, this gives them incentive to commit terror attacks.

The MKs, Mozes (UTJ), Zeev (Shas) and Strouk (habayit Hayehudi) filed a petition with the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Knesset for an accelerated debate on the issue.
source: Bechadrei

At least someone isn't sleeping on the job It is incomprehensible that Israel should pass along money it knows in advance is going to be used for supporting terror.

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are we headed back to direct elections?

I don't like the current electoral system, and I believe it should be changed. However, I do not like the idea of changing it, like any law, just to help or hurt a specific person. It should be changed in order to provide a more stable and efficient system of governance, not to promote a specific candidate, help his chances, or hurt a candidate's chances.

That si why I do not like the new proposal by MK Amir Peretz (Hatnua).

Peretz is worried that in the current electoral system, Naftali Bennet has a reasonable chance to become Prime Minister of Israel. In some constellation, his party could become the largest party, and then he would be appointed to hobble together a coalition. In a direct electoral system, where the people have to vote for the specific prime ministerial candidate, Bennet does not have a chance, according to Amir Peretz. The assumption being that the 20% support he has is his limit, or close to it, and that's not nearly enough to win enough votes to become prime minister.

So, Peretz is working to change the electoral system back to the one in which elections for prime minister are direct elections.
source: Srugim

To remind you, this was done before and deemed a total failure. It accomplished the exact opposite of what its goals were. It was mean to be the first stage of an overall change to full direct elections and thereby create more stable government, with the small parties being knocked out entirely and more power given to the large parties. The direct elections effected in reality a situation in which people could vote for their preferred candidate, and still support their preferred party, and they gave even more power to the small parties. When the large parties suffered from the change, they quickly reversed the decision and went back to the old system. What I think they should have done is go immediately to stage  and complete the electoral reform, but they didn't.

So, Amir Peretz, because he wants to hurt the chances of one potential candidate, wants to change the entire electoral system to one that everybody already admitted was an even worse system.

It is also interesting that he thinks Bennet's chances of becoming prime minister are good enough that this must be done.



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Amir Benayoun in trouble for his music

Amir Benayoun is under fire for his latest music.

After the terror attack in Jerusalem, Benayoun recorded the following song, called "Jewish blood":



That didn't get him in trouble, though. After that he recorded the following song called "Ahmed loves Israel", about Arab terrorism after taking advantage of the State and receiving all the benefits of our State:



Some, including Professor Kremnitzer, are claiming that Benayoun's song is incitement to racism and to attacks on Arabs.

Benayoun flipped out during an interview in which he was thusly accused. He called the interviewer a hypocrite and said by the same argument she is using against him, she is a murderer because she is inciting people to attack him..:


In response to the accusations and attacks, Benayoun went and recorded the following song, called "Enemy of the State" about how we turned into a murderer:


the response was fast in coming, with the Director fo the President's House canceling Benayoun's upcoming performance that was set to take place next week in front of the President.because his words, though coming from emotion and pain, "do not help calm things down, to put it mildly", and does not fit in line with the work of the President to lower tensions.

Benayoun responded by saying he respects the presidency and loves Rivlin and is happy he is the President of Israel, while Minister Uri Orbach said if Benayoun's performance is canceled, he will reject his invitation tot he event.

I am impressed with Benayoun's ability to be inspired and produce a song so quickly after an event, with regularity. Considering that he did not call for murder or to attack Arabs, but just spoke of what had happened and what the atmosphere is, I am surprised he is being treated the way he is. It seems people cannot talk about arabs in Israel anymore and what they do without it being called incitement.

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Quote of the Day

It is important that the atmosphere of replacing Netanyahu should be true. I think there are many worthy and good women fitting to replace Netanyahu and I do not rule out myself.

  -- MK Amir Peretz

is he counting himself as one of the worthy women, or in addition to the women he thinks he himself is also worthy?


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Coffee for a shekel

this even beats Coffix!

Tzippi Hotovely has put together a program working in coordination with all the gas stations... if you are driving during the night, between midnight and 6am, you can stop in any gas station an dget a cup of coffee for just 1 shekel! The goal is to minimize road accidents.

Kol hakavod.









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MK Zakhlaka calls MK Feiglin a fascist (video)

as always, the Knesset is the best show in town...





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Temple Mount Rights Activist Yehuda Glick Released from Hospital (videos)

wow








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Former President Peres Visits Har Nof (video)

Peres looks a little disoriented..




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''Sing-Along Song'' by 8th Day (video)









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Shaindel Antelis Official Music Video "Invisible" (video)

for women and girls only.. (kol isha alert)

anti-bullying music video




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Nov 24, 2014

the Eida donut (sufganiya) guide

With sufganiya season upon us, the Eida has released its donut guide, to ensure you know what you are buying, under the Eida hechsher. The Rabbanut released its donut guide a few weeks ago..


The Eida guide is fairly simple. Any sufganiya under the Eida hechsher, no matter what filling is inside the donut, will be pareve if there are no frosted lines atop the sufganiya. Even chocolate frosting is pareve, if there are no lines on it.

Any Eida sufganiyot that have frosted lines across the top will be dairy.

Additionally, all Eida sufganiyot will be mezonot, as they are either deep fried or made with fruit juices.

enjoy

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Jordanians make it harder for mashgichim to do their job

The big salvation for the people who keep what they call "shmitta l'chumra", i.e. not touching any produce from Jews in Israel but only non-Jewish (aka Arab) produce, or imported produce, was supposed to be the initiative by some involved with the Eida to grow produce in Jordan and bring it in. They bought/rented the land, set up the farm, created a system with mashgichim being sent from Israel, and this would create a system of Jewish produce that is imported, instead of local Arab produce (that is usually lower quality and has the problem of supporting the Palestinians).

All was good until it no longer was.

The Jordanians are now making trouble for them. In this time of political tension and terror, the Jordanians seem to be leaning to support the Palestinians over Israel, even at the expense of the peace treaty.

Everything was working nicely, with the mashgichim coming and going, until the Jordanians put new regulations into effect this past week.

According to the new regulations, Israelis can no longer enter Jordan as individuals, but only in groups of 6 or more, along with being accompanied by a policeman and a guide during their entire stay in Jordan..

This regulation will definitely hurt their tourism industry, but more to our point, mashgichim can no longer go check out what they need to supervise, unless they go in large groups. They now lose their element of surprise, as well as requiring travel coordination with a large group, rather than one or two being able to go do their work on their own.
source: Ladaat

I am not sure what these mashgihchim are even needed for. If they already set up the farm, they already ensured it is outside of halachic Israel. Meaning, there are no shmitta issues, mashgichim are not needed for the purpose of tithing and separating truma. The produce is natural, so manufacturing or ingredients don't need supervision. Why do mashgichim need to go to Jordan to check out tomatoes and lettuce? Maybe to ensure that the vegetables are bug-free, assuming they grow them by bug-free methods?

I feel bad for the investors who put a lot into this initiative. It looks like they are going to take a hit just because they thought the Jordanians are trustworthy and want Israeli business..








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What to do with the terrorists bodies

According to this Times of Israel article, Israel has not yet given the bodies of the Har Nof terrorists to their families for burial. Israel is deciding what to do - perhaps not give over the bodies at all, as punitive punishment for the terrorist attack. The families of the terrorists are demanding the bodies, saying that Israel can punish in other ways, even destroying their houses, but they must have the bodies for burial, rather than the Israeli government burying them.

What do you think should be done with the bodies?

In my opinion, I think they should definitely not be given back for burial in a way that will give them a hero's burial. Meaning, even if the bodies are returned, it must e with restrictions, as has been done in the past as to how many can attend the funeral, when the funeral can take place, and maybe even where they can be buried.

I would also even be in favor of not returning the bodies, against the families wishes, and having them buried or destroyed in an unknown location.

I also think that perhaps while Interior Minister Gilad Erdan made a good move revoking the citizenship of that Eastern Jerusalem resident who had been involved in the Dolphinarium attack, it wasn't quite enough. Doing this so long after the attack does not really effect much deterrence. True, he was not Minister of Interior until now, and maybe now such measures will be taken quicker, I still think it is not enough.

What might be better is to revoke citizenship or resident status of the terrorists, and their families. And maybe even of the entire neighborhood or village they live in.

Another option would be to do what Yitzchak Rabin did once - Rabin, in 1993, banished 400 Palestinians to Lebanon. We could do something like that. Terorists, their families, maybe their communities, could be banished from Israel. Maybe not even to Lebanon, or Canada, but even to Palestine Authority territory, like Ramallah or Nablus. If they support them against Israel, they can go live there.

What would be an adequate punishment that would effect deterrence?


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Proposed Law: moving Yom HaAtzmaut

MK Amram Mitzba (Hatnua) proposed a law the other day suggesting that Yom Haatzmaut be celebrated permanently on a Thursday, instead of a date-based day.

Mitzna explains that because of all the adjustments, Yom Haatzmaut only actually falls out on the original day. 5 Iyyar, when 5 Iyyar lands on a Wednesday. If it lands on any other day of the week  it is either pushed forward or back. Mitzna says it would be more appropriate to set a permanent day - the Thursday of the week in which 5 Iyyar falls on any given year, no matter what day of the week 5 Iyyar actually lands on.

Rabbanei Tzohar, I assume led by Rav Dovid Stav, have voiced opposition to this law. Being that they are not politicians, nor are they officially connected as rabbinical guidance to any specific political party,  I am not sure how their opposition is going to influence this proposal. Rabbanei Tzohar are opposed because they say 5 Iyyar was the day established because according to Jewish tradition the original Hebrew date on which an event happened is the day established for generations as the day of hallel and celebration. The only acceptable reason to change it is to avid situations of chilul shabbos. Changing the date of the celebration, they say, will effect a change in the holy values behind the date in halacha.

Another problem, they say, is that it might cause the day to be split with different communities celebrating different dates.
source: INN

No opinion here. I am used to holidays like in the USA that are set on dates like "the fourth Thursday in November", or the first Monday of September... It has not caused a split.. on the other hand, I can see it becoming an argument which day should be celebrated, on which day should hallel be said, etc. I can see this causing the day to be stripped of religious value or expression. Either way works for me, but truthfully I cannot see this proposal moving forward very far, especially with Tzippi Livni and Hatnua opposing the coalitions Jewish State law....





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What is bad about the terror widows speaking out

A beautiful letter was put out signed by the widows of the terror attack in Jerusalem calling on people to show love for each other and to be united and friendly.


It is a nice call to action, and it is really something that should be improved on all year long and not just after a brutal terror attack, but it does bother me a bit. But not as much as it bothers someone else.

The call bothers me a bit because I happen to know that it was not from the widows. It is a letter that was brought to them to sign. It is nice content, so they signed. The widows have not yet met and sat together to talk about anything, let alone to collude on a letter. This is someone's agenda, and he is taking advantage of emotions to put it out there. The justifying factor, and why it does not bother me too much, is that nobody seems to be gaining personally from it and it is a nice message, one that we should be working on all the time anyway.

Dov Halbertal is a Haredi lawyer. He is really more than just a lawyer, as he is an askan, and is a person who puts himself in the public eye on behalf of the Haredi community. Halbertal wrote an op-ed blasting the letter above. I was surprised because I had not seen any criticism of the letter until Halbertal's, and it seemed as the the people accepted the call and were spreading the message.

Halbertal's problem with the letter, while acknowledging that it is unknown who is really behind it (meaning, he knows it isnt the widows really behind it), is that it comes from a spirit of liberalism blowing through the country in recent years.

Halbertal links the letter to previous other calls by mothers, fiances, girlfriends and widows. It started in the secular community with the "Four Mothers" that effected the pullout from Lebanon due to their vocal protests. It moved to the Dati Leumi community the three mothers [of the kidnapped boys], and the fathers were practically not heard from. He even points to one of the mothers who said kaddish publicly, against halacha he says, and was publicly praised for it. And they have remained in the public eye, being invited to participate in events around the country. Then it continued through the war in Gaza, Protective Edge, during which mothers, sisters and fiances were located to talk about their soldiers who had fallen or been injured. And now, seeing this new letter from Haredi widows, Halbertal says it appears that this liberalism is spreading to the Haredi world.

He forgets, or neglects, to mention the mother of the missing yeshiva boy in Jerusalem this past year who put out calls for the public to bring in Shabbos earlier than normal.

It is liberalism in Halbertal's eyes just because it is women speaking out. He'd prefer they just stay quiet. The saying used to be children were meant to be seen and not heard. In Halbertal's eyes, and according to him in the Haredi world's eyes, women were meant to be seen and not heard. Actually, they are not meant to be seen or heard. Anything beyond that is evil liberalism.

The women have a voice too. The mothers, the widows, the daughters, the sisters, the fiances - they all feel pain too, and they can express it as well. The women are not saying anything against the beliefs of their community. They are even using their positions and emotions to strengthen the message of the community. It is just bad because it is women who are saying it. They have what to offer in their expressions of faith, in their encouragement of the public to behave certain ways, to increase faith, and it is not bad that they finally live in a time where they can speak out, if they want to.




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