Dec 8, 2016

Proposed Law: scales for consumers

MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ) has proposed a law that will require large stores and branches of chains to install scales near any items sold loose by weight, for the use of shoppers so they can have an idea of how much they are buying and what it will cost.

Asher quoted the verses in the Torah about honest scales and said we are obligated to give the consumer the tools to shop wisely and have the information necessary to decide whether to purchase something or not and to know how much he will pay.

The law proposal passed its initial voting in the Ministerial Legislative Committee and in the Knesset and will not be prepared for final voting to pass it into law.
source: Kikar

good law, in my opinion






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protests against IDF draft officer draws ire of neighbor (video)

the regular protests of some non-local-to-the-neighborhood people against a local Haredi IDF officer who works for the IDF draft board have been upsetting to many, saying keep your intolerance in your neighborhood - keep your protests in your neighborhood and do not ruin ours... one woman, a neighbor who has had enough of these regular protests, decided to take the matter into her own hands... though it looks as if it did not bother them too much and even came prepared for it. I guess you at least have to admire their dedication to the cause...





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GA 2016: Natan Sharansky (video)







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EZRAS NASHIM - "Behind The Scenes" (video)







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Help Erik become Israel's First Dog Sledder! (video)

vote for Erik at http://bit.do/vote4erik



and an interview with Tova Knecht of the Tova in Israel blog...







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Hanukkah oh Hanukkah - a Pentatonix-style holiday music video from Jewish a cappella group Shir Soul (video)






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Dec 7, 2016

the slippery slope of women learning first aid

According to INN, the Eida is upset about a new initiative in one of the Haredi girl seminaries of Jerusalem.

The initiative is to offer an extracurricular course in first aid and medical studies.

The Eida, in its newsletter, is upset that this will be a slippery slope and graduates of the course will end up going to emergency scenes, under the guise of saving lives, and from there they'll go on to more things of which there are no need to describe.

"Seminar HaChadash" has, reportedly, printed up a brochure promoting this new course so as to teach graduates to be able to deal with events that might happen in public places, such as in school and other such places.
you won't see this logo on the course described...

The Eida says that this course, offered in coordination with Ichud Hatzalah and aopproved by the Ministry of Education is even "dangerous" for men to participate in, but to find a way for women to enter the world of Hatzalah is bordering on destroying the entire concept of Kol Kvoda Bas Melech Pnima - the honor of a woman is inside. They suggest, consider if there is God forbid an event, and women who have graduated such a course with certification as a medic are in the area, they will run to assist out of a concern of pikuach nefesh... and the road is paved from there to doing sheirut leumi (National Service).

The Eida rejects the claim that the course is intentioned to give them the ability to be medical escorts on class trips and other activities, as "one must be naive to think that people who invested 3700nis to attain the certification as a medic will then make sure to only use it for class trips and situations that arise just a few times each year." Rather, they will eventually also join ZAKA and Hatzalah and other such services and we will see seminar-graduate women donning the emergency responder vests running around, while the Secular will be happy about another principle having been abandoned.

To contrast this, the Ezras Nashim group of female responders in NY has gone live, so maybe they have a point, if you consider that type of thing bad..







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Chicken Wanders Around Eastern Parkway (video)

somebody posted this video to Youtube of a chicken wandering around Crown Heights..


The chicken seems so proud and daring now, but let's see him do this on Erev Yom Kippur! Let's see how daring he really is!


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Proposed Law: cameras on handicapped parking spots

MK Meirav Ben Ari (Kulanu) has proposed a law that would require the installation of cameras aimed at handicapped parking spots that will focus on the license plates of the car parked in the spot, in all public parking areas.

This will help the authorities identify people parking in these spots illegally and let them send fines and tickets to the offenders. This would be comparable to cameras placed throughout the grid of roads to catch people going through red lights and to catch people speeding, and other traffic violations. Hopefully, and the goal is that, this will also provide some deterrence and people will "naturally" not park in handicapped spots unless they have the permit to do so.

MK Ben Ari says that the number of disabled people in Israeli society has been increasing, while the number of parking spots designated for them is at a minimum. Ben Ari describes how she recently went to a mall and noticed the handicapped parking spots taken up mostly by non-handicapped-permitted vehicles, including motorcycles and cars with people waiting for people to come out.

Ben Ari thinks creating deterrence via cameras is the solution. People will think twice about using a handicapped spot if they know they are being filmed and will very likely receive a ticket in the mail.
source: Ynet






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Facebook Status of the Day

first time I have seen this specific symbolic gesture...in my opinion he should have gone all the way and broken the neck of a calf, for full effect




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PM Netanyahu meets with students of IDF Prep schools in Southern Israel (video)







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Minister Ayelet Shaked gives it to the Left regarding the Arrangements Law








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Ambassador Shapiro celebrates American beef in Israel 2016. (video)



The first shipment of American kosher beef has finally arrived in Israel and Ambassador Shapiro and distinguished guests celebrated the occasion with a dinner reception featuring Nebraska beef, along with American beer and wine. The renewal of importation was allowed after an agreement was signed between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Israeli Veterinary Services.





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Synagogues of Connecticut (video)












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Habet I Uziya Tzadok & Itzik Dadya I Live Show (video)








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Dec 6, 2016

Headline of the Day

Yair Lapid Promises to Recognize Reform and Conservative Judaism 'My First Week in Government,' if Elected


  -- Haaretz

The problem with this is that even if current polls are accurate showing Lapid overtaking Netanyahu, I don't see how he would be able to cobble together a coalition.

While there was talk about whether or not the Haredi parties (Shas and UTJ) would join his government if he would theoretically win the most votes, a statement like this would put an end to that.


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