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Jan 26, 2015

B'Rosh Hashonoh - SCHIZOPHONIA (video)

not very timely, but nice anyway..






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Jan 25, 2015

City of Bet Shemesh responds to court decision

The City of Bet Shemesh has now released a response to the court decision earlier today. To remind you, the Court decided against the City of Bet Shemesh and in favor of the four women who sued the city for not putting enough effort into enforcing the law and removing illegal tzniyus signs.

Iryat Bet Shemesh's response:
תגובת העירייה להחלטת בית המשפט בעתירת המרכז הרפורמי להסרת השלטים:
העירייה הסירה את השלטים הפרטיים כמה וכמה פעמים, אך אלו נתלו מחדש בתוך דקות ספורות ואף גרמו למהומות ולחיכוכים בין המגזרים השונים המתגוררים בעיר.
אין בכוחו של הפיקוח העירוני להתמודד עם סוגיה מורכבת כזו, גם מבחינה מבצעית, לכן פנינו למשטרת ישראל שתיכנס לעובי הקורה ותאכוף את החוק.
לצערנו, בית המשפט לא השכיל להבין את המציאות המורכבת בבית שמש עמה אנו מתמודדים ולא קיבל את טענת העירייה כי החשש לשלום הציבור והפגיעה במרקם היחסים העדינים בין האוכלוסיות השונות והמנוגדות התגוררות בבית שמש, גבר על הצורך המיידי בהסרה חוזרת ונשנית של השלטים.
בעניין זה שגה בית המשפט ואירועי מערכות הבחירות האחרונות לימדו כי עמדת העירייה בדין יסודה. בית המשפט לא היה ער למחלוקות ולפרצי האלימות אשר היו מנת חלקה של בית שמש, והיכולת להביא דברים אלו אל אולם בית המשפט היא קשה ומורכבת. גם בירושלים ובערים נוספות מוצבים שלטים דומים ואף אחד לא תובע את העירייה.
יחד עם זאת, לאחר שהרוחות בעיר נרגעו, תכבד העירייה את פסק הדין, בתיאום והדברות של כל האוכלוסיות ותפעל בשילוב כוחות עם משטרת ישראל כדי להביא לאכיפת החוק והסדר.

my translation:
The Municipality has removed the private signs a number of times, yet they were hanged again within minutes, and even caused rioting and friction between different sectors living in the city.

It is not within the power of the city oversight to deal with this complicated issue, also from an operational standpoint, so we turned to the police to deal with the situation and enforce the law.

To our sorrow, the courts were not wise enough to understand the complex reality of Bet Shemesh that we have to deal with, and it did not accept the city's argument that it the concern about public peace and damaging the sensitive relations between sectors living in Bet Shemesh takes precedence over the immediate and repeated removal of the signs.

In this matter the court is mistaken and the recent elections has taught us that the Iryah's position is set in law. The court is not aware of the disputes and the outbreaks of violence that were a part of the portion of Bet Shemesh, and bringing these issues to the court is difficult and complex. In Jerusalem and other cities as well there are similar signs and nobody there sued those cities.

Together with this, after people will have calmed down, the Iryah will honor the court decision, in coordination with and through dialogue between all the different sectors, and it will work together with the police to bring about enforcement of the law and order.

I am not sure "nobody else sued" is much of an argument. There is always a first. and now that someone sued (in Bet Shemesh), maybe people will sue elsewhere. A better argument, which does not actually exist, would have been that someone else sued and lost. But that did not happen.

The court is not aware of the violence and complexity in Bet Shemesh? Is anyone in the country not aware of it? For a long period of time it made the headlines regularly. I doubt there is anyone in the country who has not heard of it. and this court case was in the local Bet Shemesh court, not somewhere far away.

The Iryah should find a way to enforce the law. Maybe it requires fining the people who put the signs up. Maybe it requires other methods, but clearly just removing the signs does not work.

If the removed signs were replaced within minutes, as the Iryah says, it makes me wonder - did the Iryah just take down the signs and hand them back to the owners? How did they have replacement signs up so quickly, within minutes? It takes time to print new signs.

It is a complex issue. I don't know that leaving up the signs as a way of dealing with a complicated situation with sensitivity is the right method, or even considered sensitive, but it is definitely a complex situation. I would not expect it to be resolved within minutes, days or even weeks. Such a situation probably will take a lot of work and time and effort before it is resolved in a satisfactory way. Letting a bully continue terrorizing victims because the issue is complex can never be described as sensitivity..




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Introducing the Gykvah! the Gym with a Mikvah!

I am not sure what was lacking before... when I want to go to the mikvah I do, or at least i can, and when I want to go to the gym I do, or at least I can. I cannot think of a single time I needed or wanted to do both at the same time.

Yet it seems there is some market for that. Gym with a mikvah. Mikvah with a gym.

According to INN:
Rabbis have long pushed for it: Physical health must be tended to parallel with spiritual health. As of last week, these two ideals can be nurtured almost simultaneously – in Vienna, Austria. The old mikveh on the bottom floor of the Ohel Moshe Synagogue was renovated over the last several months, and a fitness training room-gym was built in rooms alongside it.
The mikveh-gym, sponsored by donations of local community members, includes two spacious mikvaot, walking machines, bench-press lifts, weights, and the like.
The city of Beitar Illit in western Gush Etzion has also announced plans for a gym alongside a men's mivkeh.
[...]
Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, founder of the Mussar (Jewish ethics) Movement, was known to exercise "religiously." This was attested to by his doctor, who said that Rabbi Salanter strictly followed the regimen he advised, including playing ball every day for a certain amount of time – even when he was already 60 years old.
For those who wish to avail themselves of either the spiritual or physical health services in Vienna, monthly use of the Ohel Moshe mikveh costs 20 Euros, and for the gym – another 29.
The Jewish Community in Vienna was several ravaged by the Holocaust, losing more than a third of its 185,000 members. It is now on the rebound, numbering 12,000 Jews, of whom some 7,000 members are active participants.

I am not sure what this adds, but why not. Personally I cannot imagine wanting to dunk in such a mikvah, considering the sweaty people who would be using it, but if others want to...

Will they do this for womens mikvah and gyms next?

what hybrid name could we call it? Gykvah?

It used to be that a kosher gym or a mehadrin gym was a gym that had separate hours for men and women. Now it will refer to a gym with a mikvah. how will we know what a gym advertising itself as kosher or mehadrin will mean?



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Bet Shemesh to pay women for not removing tzniyus signs

Ynet and NRG are reporting that the court today decided in a long-open case regarding the women in Bet Shemesh who sued City Hall for not removing the "tzniyus signs" around town.

According to the report, the court ruled in the favor of the women against City Hall. Justice Dovid Gidoni ruled that City Hall failed in its responsibility by not removing the illegal signs. He awarded each of the four women 15,000nis, and court costs, to be paid by the City.

Gidoni said that failing to remove the signs damages the rights of the women of the city, and the City must therefore pay the women for the distress/aggravation caused by the signs and the Iryah's failure to act.

Considering recent reports of the bad financial state the City of Bet Shemesh is mired in, I wonder how long it will take them to get their money... or perhaps the ruling will be appealed..

regarding the ruling - it was decided that the signs, and the City's failure to remove them, caused harm to the women of the city. So, can more women now sue and get 15,000nis in return? was it only harmful to these four women? how does this work?




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Gafni claims women would not vote for women in UTJ

So now MK Gafni (UTJ) has a new reason why they don't let women have positions in the party for Knesset.

Until now it was supposedly based on halacha and tzniyus; women should not be in such a public position; women should not be in leadership positions; it would create a situation of the men and women working closely together and create possible inappropriate situations. etc.

Recently Yitzchak Ravitz, son of deceased former MK Avraham Ravitz, made a comment (that he now claims was taken out of context) saying that there  is no halachic problem with women serving in the Knesset.

Ravitz has come under attack,  which has led to his retraction, for that, but Gafni was again asked, in light of Ravitz's words, about women serving as MKs for UTJ.

This time Gafni did not turn to issues of halacha but gave a very practical reason why they don't place a woman in the party list.

According to Gafni's latest claim, practically speaking, including a woman on the party list would hurt UTJ. Even though probably close to 50% of its votes come from women, according to Gafni they would lose many of those if a woman was on the list. According to Gafni, the women have gotten more extreme haredi than the men. Gafni claims they would lose 50% of their votes, ostensibly the female half, if a woman was on the list.
source: Srugim

to the practical aspect of it - if a woman was on the list, no women would vote for them? but all the men would? neither side of the argument makes sense. Maybe together it would add up to 50%? but he did not provide any numbers, and only spoke about the women not voting for them.

I don't know if Gafni's claim is accurate or not. I doubt he knows either, but that's a different story. Gafni's claim is weak solely because it is made up, and he did not offer any polls or proof to back it up. Perhaps Gafni seriously looked into it and came to the conclusion that electorally it does not pay, but then he would offer the paperwork of the polls and surveys they commissioned to look into the matter. As it is, he is just saying whatever is convenient in response to who is asking the question. He says whatever necessary just to brush off the questioner.



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Quote of the Day

The Haredi parties will go to the next government with whomever will form it, even if that would be the evil Haman.

  -- MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid)



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Americans Try Israeli Snacks (video)








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Ambassador Prosor's speech on Preventing Genocide- 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz (video)








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more on Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the USA (with videos)

Last week I wrote my thoughts on Netanyahu accepting Boehner's invitation to speak before Congress. I thought that Netanyahu should have said that he is honored by the invitation but let's wait until after the elections.

On that post there were some very thoughtful comments that made me reconsider my opinion. I almost retracted it, but developments since have reinforced my thoughts that my initial opinion is still correct.

Not only do I think Netanyahu should have said to wait until after elections, or suggest that the invitation go through the White House, but I think that in every aspect this visit and speech will boomerang on Netanyahu. It will hurt Netanyahu electorally, as he will continue to get bashed in Israel for this visit and it will be portrayed as a cynical attempt to use the US to influence local elections, while hurting our relationship with the president of our most friendly country. I don't know much about this, but it may hurt Netanyahu on the issue itself, regarding dealing with Iran. Obama may do the opposite of what Netanyahu thinks is right.

It does not bother me so much that Obama is upset about the visit. Obama has done enough to upset Israel. Also, Obama came to Israel before he got elected, so the actual visit to the USA and Congress does not strike me as problematic on its own. It is only because of everything surrounding it.

I think Boehner turned Netanyahu and Israel into a pawn in his fights with President Obama, and Netanyahu should have refused to be used like that. It will hurt him, it will hurt Israel, and at best I doubt it will help regarding Iran.







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Bennet: the media is always surprised when the people "steal" the elections (video)

interesting interview





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Which side are you on? (video)








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Ptach Libcha: new song in memory of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali (video)








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Jan 22, 2015

State will allow gender change without operation


The State today told the High Court that it will no longer require an actual sex change operation in order to be allowed to change one's official gender status in the population registry, but it would allow people to choose as they wish whatever gender they want to be listed as.
source: INN

Seems ridiculous to me.

Makes me wonder though what the best uses of this new rule would be:

 * women could change their status when they want to sit in the front section of the bus
 * women could change their status and then demand a higher salary, similar to the male salary instead of the normally lower womens salary
 * the Haredi MKs, or some of them, could change their status to women in order to preempt the need for the new womens party. no more hadarat nashim in the haredi parties!
 * the Haredi MKs could change their status to women and avoid all the criticism of not including women in the party (thanks SB!)
 * religious men looking to get out of army service could change status to female and then apply for the exemption for religious women
 * aliyot in shul will become a headache as the gabbai will have to ask to see an updated identity card before calling anyone up, but women will be able to get aliyot in their reclassification as men


what other ideas do you have?


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a report that hides more than it reveals

Details of budgets are not interesting to me, along with often not being understood by me, and therefore not all that newsworthy or comment-worthy.

When I first saw a news item about the passing of the budget for 2015 of Iryat Bet Shemesh yesterday, I was not all that interested, and I was not going to even comment on it.

I just saw another article, on a different news media, about the same city council meeting passing the budget and now I have found something newsworthy about it.

The truth is that my comment is not about the budgetary items or any other details about it. My comment is about the reporting of it.

Here goes:

The first report I saw was from local Bet Shemesh news media Shopping Mekomi.

The main thrust of the article on Shopping Mekomi was regarding the debate over the budget. in 2013 there was a budget shortfall of 15.5million NIS. in the first three-quarters of 2014 the shortfall was 40million nis. blah blah blah.

Along comes the national Haredi news and also reports on the same City Council meeting.

Kikar gives largely the same report of what the mayor said, how they need to increase revenue, less government money so only what he gets will he spend, blah blah blah.

The one thing there is no mention of in the Kikar article is any of the increasing budget shortfalls of the last two years.

Once reporting on what must have been the most boring (by the very nature of it being about budgets) City Council meeting in the country, why not report the numbers? or just don't report anything at all.


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the Haredi hat protest (video)

I did not know this existed. yeshiva students are protesting the high price of the Borsalino. Other, cheaper, hats are not acceptable.






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