Feb 25, 2018

celebrity wines for your Pesach sedder


If you are not sure what wine you might want to drink at your Pesach sedder this year, you might want to consider some celebrity wine.

Amare Stoudamire, the former basketball star that says he has Hebrew roots and moved to Israel bought a basketball team and played for them is now making Israeli wine as well.

According to TOI:
“It’s a blessing for me and my family to be able to produce such great wines from a land like the land of Israel, so we’re constantly counting our blessings for that,” Stoudemire told reporters at the Jewish National Fund House on the Upper East Side.
Stoudemire, 35, said he had been in talks with the Israel Wine Producers Association for three years about making an Israeli wine and realized the opportunity when he relocated to the country in 2016 to play for the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. He retired from basketball last year after helping lead Hapoel Jerusalem to the Israeli Basketball League Cup.
“Once I moved to Israel, it was the perfect connection to meet with the vineyards and go to the tastings and figure out the different blends for each bottle,” said Stoudemire, a part-owner of Hapoel Jerusalem.
Stoudemire played for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns among other teams in a 16-year NBA career. Although raised Christian, he began exploring a spiritual connection to Judaism on a trip to Israel in 2010.
“I feel spiritually Jewish, culturally Jewish,” he said at the time.
Stoudemire’s line includes two red wine blends and one Cabernet Sauvignon, all produced in limited quantity by the Tulip Winery on its vineyards in Kfar Tikva, in Israel’s north.
The winery produced only 100 bottles of the high-end wine, Stoudemire Private Collection, with each bottle retailing at $244.99. It produced slightly larger quantities, 1,680 each, of the Stoudemire Reserve and Stoudemire Grand Reserve wines, which are retailing for $59.99 and $99.99, respectively. The kosher beverage giant Royal Wine Corp. is distributing the wines, which are currently only available for purchase in stores in New York and New Jersey.
Stoudemire, who continues to speak about his connection to Israel, said he’s open to producing additional wines, but that he would not produce them outside the Jewish state.
“I prefer to keep the wines strictly from the grapes in Israel,” he said. “It’s my way of giving back to the land. I try to do what I can to stay rooted.”
Making sure the wine was kosher was important to the basketball star. Stoudemire identifies with the Hebrew Israelites, African-Americans who believe they are connected to the biblical Israelites and adhere to some Jewish customs.
“A kosher wine is always important for us because you can drink those during the High Holy Days,” he said.

Bless his heart. In these days when you never know who is your friend and who is not, in these days of BDS boycotts and Internet shaming, it is nice to have someone like Amare use his pedestal and also put his money where his mouth is and support the Jewish State.

These bottles are out of my price range and I doubt the local supermarket will be selling them at a reasonable price, but if you like a good expensive wine, give it a try.



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Mashgiach Rikudim coming to a wedding near you!

Way back when, back in my misogynistic days of a yeshiv bochur, we used to joke about girls in seminary learn for the "MRS degree" and probably take courses in how to make cholent, cook chicken, do sponja, etc.

That's what us stupid yeshiva bochurs used to joke about. The truth is the women learn a lot in seminary, and in some seminaries they might even be learning more than some of the boys in some yeshivas, and they definitely learn a lot more than the guys in most topics (including halacha, Neviim, Eretz Yisrael, etc) other than gemara!

Anyways, a new course might soon be opening up in the seminaries, but it might just be in the more Israeli seminaries. In case you thought they do not get inculcated enough with lessons and guidelines about tzniyus, a letter-writer thinks the seminaries need to teach the young women how to dance in a tziyusdigge way. This woman thinks that the young women dancing at weddings, friends of the kalla, are dancing with dance moves that are not delicate, not refined.

The writer says that she has recently seen dance moves enter our tzibbur - moves that are not refined and are not appropriate for a bas yisroel.

Another problem she has is that sometimes additional small circles will open up of women dancing with just a few friends further away from the kalla. She says that this shows these women are dancing not to make the kalla happy but to enjoy themselves.

She says the women should learn from the men dancing. Tghe men, she says, all focus their daning on the chosson and the dancing is very organized.

As a solution she makes two recommendations:
1. Teach proper dance in the seminaries and in the high schools
2. have hashgocha on the dancing at weddings
source: Haredim10

This was too funny to not bring here, even if it is just one crackpot suggesting it. Hopefully she won't turn it into a movement and weigh down more on everyone's lives, as if people don't have enough people watching over them already...

1. I want the job of being the mashgiach at these weddings. How does one apply?
2. such hashgocha could come in various forms:
Rabbanut hashgocha on dancing would have the mashgiach only showing up once in a while. The mahsgiach might or might not dance along with the dancers, depending on if the mashgiach works for the Rabbanut but does not trust it himself (herself?) or if the mashgiach also trusts the Rabbanut.
The Eida mashgiach will have the dancing end at 7pm, and of course wont participate. The only thing allowed by the Eida hashgocha will be a shuffle that includes feet never reaching a point of being further than 3cm apart.
The Chabad hechsher will require the dancers to sing "yechi" at least once an hour, and maybe put on tefillin if they can expand to the mens side. The Chabad "hot Chanis" will have the most freedom of all the various groups.
what other hashgochos would you describe?
3. soon people will ask what hashgocha does the dancing at your wedding have before they decide to go or not
4. teaching wedding dance at the seminaries would definitely be a good addition for the seminaries that do offer the MRS degree
5. Why is she looking at the mens side of the dancing to take example from? this seems very not tzanua to me.
6. I don't know how much she looked or did not look, but I have been to plenty of weddings where the yeshiva guys danced pretty wild with modern moves. I am not sure she really wants her girls to take example from the guys
7. as an old fogey by now, the extra circles on the side are often the only way we can participate. Sometimes the yeshiva guys are running in the circles so fast, and so uncoordinated with each group of two or three guys thinking they have the greatest idea to spice it up and doing their own thing and breaking up the circles every couple of minutes. the side circles are often the only way we slower people can participate, and our intention is still to celebrate with the chosson and kalla and their families. And the added dancing, even if not in the circle immediately surrounding the chosson is still adding to the simcha.








האם זהו המקצוע החדש בשוק החתונות החרדי?  משגיחת ריקודים.
במכתב שהתפרסם באחד מכלי התקשורת החרדיים, פונה הכותבת אל מנהלי ומנהלות הסמינרים ומתריעה על מגמה מצערת, לדבריה, לפיה חברותיה של הכלה רוקדות ב'תנועות לא מעודנות'.
לדברי המעוררת, "לאחרונה נכנסים לציבור שלנו תנועות לא מעודנות האמורות לא לאפיין בת ישראל ואני מאמינה שהבנות לא שמות לב לכך".
אז מה היא מציעה? ללמד את הריקודים בסמינרים ובבתי הספר ושתהיה השגחה בחתונות.
היא מוסיפה כי לדעתה מדובר בעניין חשוב "ששוה לשלם עליו למורות על מנת שיגיעו לחתונות לריקודים הראשונים ולריקודים אחרי המנה השניה".



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US to move its embassy to Jerusalem in May!

US officials have announced that the US will "move" the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary celebrations.

This May they will move the embassy by repurposing the current consulate in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem to function as the embassy. The employees of the consulate will become employees of the embassy, and the Ambassador with a small team will work out of this embassy. The current embassy in Tel Aviv will become a consulate though most activities will continue to function out of this location as they have until now. All this will happen while they plan and build a new embassy building in Jerusalem that will be planned to be open and functioning before the end of next year.

And, Israel's Foreign Ministry officials have announced that Israel is in talks with 10 more countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem  as well.

Way to go!


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Headlines Podcast: 2/24/18 Feminism in Hashkafa & Halacha (audio)

interesting duscussion





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Elon Gold - Keep your gragers close! - Purim Jokes | Nefesh B'Nefesh (video)

Purim is fast approaching





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Feb 22, 2018

new coins minted honoring Trump

This is getting ridiculous, and it actually made me laugh...

According to INN, Temple Organizations", whatever that means, have minted a new half shekel coin, consisting of 9.5 grams of silver. On one side of the coin is a picture of the temle and the words half shekel. On the other side of the coin is the face of Donald Trump alongside that of Cyrus, King of Persia that facilitated the rebuilding of the Temple, with the inscription "Cyrus - Balfour - Trump - Declaration 2018". I don't know why they did not also include the image of Lord Balfour on the coin.

The design of the new coin is in gratitude for Trump's declaration of support for Israel and for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

They add that it is also a warning, or reminder, to Trump what might happen if his approach changes, as Cyrus fell after 3 years because he gave in to pressure and halted the rebuilding of the Temple, and Britain went back on the Balfour Declaration and eventually lost its status as superpower.

I wonder if the coin will be usable for buying train tickets at the soon to be constructed Trump Train Station in Jerusalem's Old City.

We are living in historic, and funny, times.










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first Haredi female judge

What's good for the USA is often good for Israel, though usually Israel adopts USA behaviors a few years later...

If the USA could appoint a Haredi woman, Ruchi Freier, as a judge, Israel can appoint a Haredi woman as well. And Israel just did.

After some speculation that it might happen, it finally has. Chavi Tucker, a graduate of the Bais Yaakov school system and daughter in law of the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chevron, has become the first female Haredi judge in the Israeli court system. Tucker's childrne are all in Haredi school systems and a son served in a Haredi unit in the IDF, so her bonafides all check out..

Good luck on the new position. Being the first means she is a trailblazer.May it lead to more and more integration, acceptance, and understanding.



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The Breakfasting Cats of the Kotel

A Guest Post by Saraya Ziv www.maskforwinter.com

The Breakfasting Cats of the Kotel

This dawn visit to the Western Wall I’m in the service area slipping cans of cat food under a trash bin when I hear a soft swish, and freeze. Rising from behind a dumpster is a woman, also religious, but, unlike me, elegantly clothed. She hoists a shush finger, then crooks it. I walk to where she beckons. From a leather satchel she hands me pouches of fancy food and pink plastic plates. In silent conspiracy, we cater breakfast for the cats of the Kotel.

We rise from our crime to find a young policeman standing at military attention. I’m wondering if he’ll read us our Miranda rights or just demand don’t move hands up while he calls for reinforcements. The lady says pooof, dusts off her skirt, and converses easily with the cop, who replies quietly, his face working. They speak Hebrew with different natal cadences; I understand nothing. The policeman watches the woman shoulder her satchel and purse. He looks at us doe-eyed and says the only thing I get, which has no congruent English analogue, “All honor to you ladies. All honor to you.” The three of us walk off separately, each glancing back at the breakfasting cats of the Kotel.

After morning prayers as I wait at the Kotel Plaza bus stop, my friend’s husband, Jake, appears nearly nose to nose and says, “For the third time, GOOD MORNING.”

I’m so absorbed in my dawn encounter that I blab the whole tale to Jake, who lets the coffee in his cup get cold as he listens. At story’s end, it occurs to me that Jake probably thinks I’m nuts. I start to apologize for the nine yard yack when he shakes his head.

“Every morning after services the rabbi in my synagogue gives a lecture in Talmud. About a month ago a dog, a big mutt, walked in and parked himself at the rabbi’s feet. It was pandemonium. Some of the guys freaked, two kids ran out screaming. Rabbi S. banged on his lectern until he was blue. Finally we shut up. ‘They’re my feet, why should it bother you?’

“After a week, one man decided the dog was thirsty. He bought a heavy bowl. Every morning he fills it with fresh water and leaves it under the sink in the coffee room. This bothered my uncle who kept saying it’s not rightit’s not right. I finally asked him what’s not right, and instead of answering he made me drive him to the other side of Jerusalem. We bought a humongous bag of dog food and another bowl. Now we all chip in to feed Sugar.”

I ask how this dog got his name. Jake does not look shy, embarrassed, or sheepish; he takes the question straight. “His name is Sugar because he’s a sweetie.”

Walking towards me with another woman is my partner in crime. Her friend is carrying on in interminable Russian; my partner is rolling one hand in an ellipsis (get on with it…). When she sees me, she winks.

Jake nods. “He comes every day. And he’s cute; he eats, but he always leaves some food over.”
I tell Jake that is not normal behavior for a dog. He dumps his cold coffee. His eyes narrow. His look says, you know nothing about animals.


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יהודי ארהב from חרדים 10 on Vimeo.

and I dont know how this guy is but he says nobody forgets..




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at the 4:55 mark he talks to Omri Casspi about keeping kosher





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