Jan 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

I will not be going back to Ben-Gurion for Pence. I shot with the sheriff, so I don’t need to shoot with the deputy. My picture with Trump was not a gimmick. If I go get a selfie with Pence, it would make my Trump picture a gimmick. When you succeed in getting the top guy, you don’t go back for the No. 2.

  -- MK Oren hazzan (Likud) about the upcoming visit of US Vice President Mike Pence


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Cycle Man

A Guest Post, cross-posted, by Seraya Ziv of Mask For Winter

The computer store is my last stop in the mall. Two guys work here, one in a yarmulke and one not. When I enter they’re poring over a magazine, heads together, and murmuring. I’d be worried about their reading material except they don’t startle, or even note that I’m right in front of them, tapping my nail on the glass display. When I ask for printer ink one smacks his lips, dog ears a page, and reluctantly pulls himself away. I glance at the cover: there, glossy and fungible, a four color spread of motherboards, chargers, routers, and drives. I sit down and wait.

A bear of a man fills the doorway and enters. Tattoos slither from the slab of one shoulder down a fat arm and drop anchor at his wrist. A black motorcycle helmet hangs from his hand. I’m calculating how deep the pepper spray is buried in my purse when Cycleman pauses, touches his fingers to the door’s mezuzah, and kisses them. The clerks go wild, “Yossi! You’re back!”  My ink is thrown aside. The three shake hands, elbows, and engage in a kind of arm wrestle that to men in Israel must translate as, “Has it been that long? I’m very glad to see you. How are the kids?” Cycleman, in the softest of baritones replies, “Thank G-d.”

I plunk down my credit card. The salesman bags my ink and rings me up, all the time drilling Yossi with questions rat-tat-tat-tat, when from the mall a woman wails, “Mommy, no!” Yossi bounds out, the two sales guys follow.  A tiny Filipina caregiver is struggling to keep an old woman from tipping out of her wheel chair. The woman’s head is white straw and bare scalp; her tongue is lolling to a side. Her eyes are opening and closing in waves, like she’s drowning.

In the same quiet voice, Yossi says something to the clerks, who pull out their phones. With three fingers of his imprinted arm Yossi palpates the side of the old woman’s neck, turns his watch hand palm up, and counts.  On his inner arm now exposed, in monochrome the color of dusk, a tattoo of the galaxy spins toward his pulse.

A team from Magen David Adom arrives in a flash. One of the EMTs slaps Cycleman on the shoulder, “Yossi. You’re back.”


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10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Israel-India Relationship (video)







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New Holocaust Project 'I Believe' - Let The Chain Continue, Unbroken! (video)







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Nas Daily : Found Out I''M Jewish! (video)







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Synagogues of Illinois (video)







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Music Video - R' Yoel Roth (video)







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Jan 17, 2018

from one pet-eater to another

Mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai announced to the world that he has eaten dog meat and it is delicious. He says that why should it be any different than eating chicken or shrimp? He did this when he was in Vietnam. And when he was in Africa he ate termites and locust.

And I think he is right. Why should it be any different. From one pet-eater to another, besides for the kashrut issue, I see nothing wrong with eating an animal that was or could be a pet.

Huldai definitely got the headlines today with that admission.

I don't know if this should be a big deal or not, though many people are making a big deal out of it - from both an animal rights perspective and from a religious and Jewish state perspective. Huldai is a big boy and I do not feel like I need to tell him what he can and cannot eat. The Torah gave us all free will to choose to follow the Torah or not. I do not think it is my job to force him to follow the rules of the Torah just because I adhere to them. I feel bad that he so chooses, but it is his choice to make. And I do not think the fact that he ate dog meat negatively impacts the character of the Jewish state.


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Quote of the Day

the IDF needs to win wars, and is not meant to be advancing enlightened and liberal agendas, and for this it needs to allow its soldiers and the entire army to be faithful to its mission.... I am not excited about this campaign. At the end of the day there are roles and tasks for men and there are roles and tasks for women. That is how God created the world and that is how the world is good. Oy Vavoy if women will become men and men will become women. The world needs both male and female figures and anyone who tries to blur the clear differences is doing wrong for both him and for the world..

  -- MK Betzalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi), regarding the appointment of the first female commander of the Air Force Pilots

if she was advanced and promoted solely to advance a feminist agenda yet is not actually qualified for the position and cannot fulfill her responsibilities to the fullest, I would agree with Smotrich. If she fulfills her responsibilities just fine and is fully capable of doing her job and was advanced and promoted because she was qualified and deserved it like anybody else, then I would disagree with Smotrich. Being that I do not know, I can't say anything definitive and can just hope the IDF promoted her based on professional considerations.



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lessons in faith from the NFL (video)



and here is the actual play... with 10 seconds to go and the Vikings down..

comments:
1. a guy ran into another guy - I love it!
2. he talks such strong faith and gives God so much credit for his successful play, while at the same time cussing
3. impressive faith


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what's happening with kashrut in Petach Tikva? (video)

there have been some big changes in the kashrut supervision of Rabbanut Petach Tikva. This specific problem is one that is relevant all over Israel, and not just in the Rabbanut, but the Rabbanut of Petach Tikva is the first to deal with it...




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the Haredim that don't vote for Haredi parties (video)








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Underdos: shul board meeting, episode 6:







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Yonina: new single - Mamtinim (Waiting) (video)







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Jan 16, 2018

the top secret kugel factory

Kikar has posted images from a secret underground "slick" in Jerusalem that is virtually unknown and its location is known to just a few people. This "slick", like the slicks used in the War of INdependence to manufacture and hide weapons and ammunition, is basically used for making thousands of kugels each week.

I am not sure what the purpose of the post is, but if you want to stop eating yerushalmi kugel, go over to the Kikar post to see the filthy slick that might just be making the kugel at your next kiddush.

And. the only reason I can think of to keep such a kugel factory so secret is to avoid taxes and supervision by the health ministry or other relevant authorities tasked with making sure nobody dies of food poisoning. If you can think of another reason, let me know.


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Quote of the Day

I have more than a few problems with the Kotel.. we invented the Kotel 50 years ago and turned it into the holiest place for the Jewish people and chased Arab families away from there. Since then, the Jewish people gave up the place that was the holiest until 50 years ago - Har Habayit.

  -- MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), when asked on a panel about the Kotel arrangement with the Women of the Wall.





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