Jun 22, 2017

Woman sues El Al for moving her seat

About half a year ago Mrs. Rena Rabinowitz announced she is suing El Al for having asked her to move and change her seat (in business class) in order to accommodate a Haredi male who did not want to sit next to her. Rabinowitz acquiesced and moved, but then sued.

As an aside, to digress, the attempt to move someone else is wrong. If someone does nto want to sit next to a woman, or to move his seat for any reason, he should be the one moved - not move the other person.

the court case has come to an end with a court-mandated agreement.

The Marker is reporting that El Al and Rabinowitz have come to an agreement, mandated and approved by the courts, by which El Al stewards and stewardesses will no longer be allowed to ask passengers to move and requesting such a move based on gender is illegal. El Al committed to training its employees to that effect. As well, they agreed on compensation to the tune of 6500nis.

One interesting point in the case is when El Al claimed they will not take into account any such seating request (i.e. to not be placed next to a female) in advance but during the flight if it helps passengers as a way of providing better service, being considerate of someone's religious sensitivities,  and helping the flight take off on time, they will try to accommodate. The judge then asked what would El Al stewards do if a passenger requests to not sit next to an Arab. El Al rejected any such accommodation outright and said that such a request would be immediately rejected, even at the expense of causing a delay.

El Al assumed it is not acceptable to discriminate against an Arab, and they considered asking one to move seats to be such discrimination, but when it is a woman they somehow no longer consider it discrimination.

Anyways, as per the agreement, El Al now has to find other solutions when such a situation will arise, as they committed to not asking women to move. Again, I don't know why the man was not being asked to move, considering he was the one with the problem, and maybe that will be El Al's solution in the future.







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kids that follow the law

The Chief of Police, Roni Alshich, who seems to have been doing a praiseworthy job since he took over, has announced he will be forming a new youth group that will train the youth to follow the law. It seems that a kid making a similar suggestion to him suggested it because parents are setting a bad example.
source: Mako News

I hope it helps, but it seems strange. Has he given up on society in general? Are there no models to impress upon the public in general to follow the law?





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Quote of the Day

Achieving peace will take time...

  -- US Officials, after Jared Kushners meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials about the peace process

really? thank you Captain Obvious!



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the money in the tallis


There is a well-known story, true or not I do not know, of a son who wanted money from his father before parting ways. The father would not give the money and the son left. Later it turned out that the father had put an envelope of money in the son's siddur or tefillin bag, which had gone undiscovered until it was too late, because the son never used his siddur or tefillin. Or something like that.

This story has come to life, sort of..

According to a story on Kikar, a secular fellow from Ramat Aviv was seated near a Chabad family from Crown Heights on an airline flight. After becoming friendly on the flight, the Chabadnik suggested he start putting on tefillin and tallis, to which the secular fellow agreed.

Michael, the guy from Ramat Aviv, goes to his local Chabad House with tallis and tefillin in tow, and even bringing along his late father's tallis as well. Michael decided he preferred to use his late father's tallis, and the Rabbi was going to show him how to wrap the tallis and wear it.

When they took out the tallis, they found an envelope placed in its folds 2 checks form 1995, each to the sum of 62,000nis.

While it is not quite as dramatic as the known story, as the father did not hide it there for his son in this case, it does turn out that someone had owed the father money and had paid it back with these two checks. The father simply, probably, put them away there until he could deposit them but died before getting a chance to go to the bank (based on the dates of the checks and the fact that the father had died form a heart attack while driving - so goes the story). The son, Michael, recognized, that had he put on his tefillin after the father died, he would have found the money back then.

Supposedly Michael committed to putting on tefillin regularly.





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Yossi Klein Halevi: Like Dreamers: The Impact of 1967 on the Identity of Israeli Jews (video)







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MK Oren Hazan's message to the people of Gaza (video)

Oren Hazan is a funny guy..





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Tzippi Hotoveli: There will not be a Palestinian State (video)








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Yonatan Razel interview with Arel Segal (video)








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Sandy Shmuely: Ani Shar (video)






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Jun 21, 2017

Proposed Law: Rabbi Raising Money

One would think that a rabbi raising money for the poor is so common, and even part of the job, that it would not be a big deal. Yet somehow, the other day, it was discovered that Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch was raising money for the poor through his contacts of donors and some people made a stink about it saying he is not allowed to be doing so as a State employee.

So, the Minister of Religious Affairs, David Azoulai, is proposing a law that will allow the Rav HaKotel, to do so. The Kotel Rabbi really fulfills three roles - Kotel Rabbi and Rabbi of the various Holy Sites and Director of the Kotel Heritage Fund. In his role as rabbi, the poor and needy naturally see in him someone who can help them and they make requests. This is something rabbinic leaders were always involved in.

The new law, assuming it passes, will allow the Kotel Rabbi to take requests from donors looking for his assistance in passing along donations. He will not be allowed to cold call donors asking for donations - only if a donor approaches him can he assist.

The donors will put in writing the parameters for their donations to be distributed and based on those parameters the Kotel Rabbi will direct the requests, and he will not be allowed to include any personal recommendation. The donations will be made directly by the donors to the organizations or needy - without the rabbi as a middleman. Every 3 months the rabbi will sub,it a report on how many such requests were made, the amounts and the identity of the donors. Any instance of a potential conflict of interests will be directed by the rav to the Legal Counsel fo the Rabbanut for direction.
source: Behadrei












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Picture of the Day

this picture is being passed around today with the  detail that it was taken in Bet Shemesh..




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Rally in support of Haredi soldiers

this cannot end well.. but the police usually don't give permits to provocative rallies like this, and they did for this one...




*Rally in support of Haredi soldiers. 
**Thursday June 22 6:30pm Kikar Davidka in Jerusalem
**Followed by a march towards Meah Shearim with police approval and protection 
**Please spread the word and come to show your support for these brave and courageous soldiers.



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Navigating the Road to Peace | Six Day War Project (video)







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One on One with Alan Dershowitz - June 15, 2017 (video)







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NFL Stars in Israel (video)









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Una Paloma Blanca (video)

I never knew about this one before... does the tune sound familiar to you?










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Carpool Karaoke With 8th Day (video)







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Jun 20, 2017

Interesting Psak: Yichud among pilots

Ever since PM Benjamin Netanyahu publicized the existence of the first female Haredi pilot last week, I have seen much discussion online about whether or nto she should really be considered Haredi, and if there is a problem with yichud in the pilots cabin when flying a plane.

People just don't take well to anybody who does things a little differently than the average.

Anyways, someone asked Rav Aviner about it, and because the topic is interesting, I'll share it here..

According to what is reported on Srugim, Rav Aviner responded to the query by saying that a similar question was asked about a private plane that was being rented to take a female passenger somewhere. Rav Asher Weiss said there is no yichud because they will not come to any "hanky panky" as the pilot has to focus on flying the plane and if he gets drawn away from that the plane will surely crash.

Rav Aviner says that in a large plane, even more so it is not a problem. In a large plane there are stewards and stewardesses going into the cabin. And even with auto-pilot, the pilot still has to be alert and focused and ready to take over the controls at any moment.

Rav Aviner concludes with an anecdote of how he once answered a similar question on a halachic program for the army. He was asked about a pilot with a religious female navigator being yichud. He says he answered then that it is not yichud (though he says there were other problems, though he does not specify). After the fact he was called by a reporter asking how he can answer army questions as a civilian. He responded that he is discussing theoretical questions, not practical, so it is ok, though he says after that he stopped answering army-related question and directs them to the IDF Rabbinate..

interesting






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Proposed Law: Shmitta Fund

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel was pushign a law proposal that was being called "The Shmitta Law".

the Shmitta Law would have created a governmental fund that would pay out stipends during the shmitta year to farmers who observe shmitta and don't work their fields. The idea would have the farmers paying into the fund during the six years of working, and collecting from the fund in the 7th year, seemingly with additional money from the government.

the law was expected to encourage more farmers to observe the rules of shmitta, as they would now have somewhat of a guaranteed income during the shmitta year.

The proposal has been shelved, after Rav Chaim Kanievsky directed the Degel Hatorah representatives to oppose it.

Why would he oppose such a law that seems to strengthen the level of shmitta observance?
It turns out there are a number of reasons for his opposition to the law:
1. chadash assur min hatorah. anything new is forbidden.
2. there is nobody appointed to make sure that the farmer adheres to all the rules and requirements of shmitta.
3. Every shmitta year has many new farmers joining the program to observe shmitta, many of them being convinced to do so at the last minute - right before the shmitta year begins. These farmers would have a problem for not having deposited money into the fund over the previous 6 years, so the program is not really helpful in encouraging new farmers to join.
4. farmers don't have stable parnassa. one month they can earn a very high income, while the next month they can take serious losses and have to live off savings. We cannot demand they put away money every month for shmitta when they have unstable parnassa.
5. from a spiritual perspective, as soon as it is the government responsible for managing the farmers fund, we cannot know what criteria the government will choose to set into place at any given time. For example, a farmer that stops working in one field but has other fields in which he continues to work on shmitta - would he be included? what about farmers who use hetter mechira? what about Arab farmers who decide to take the year off?
6. what rabbinic group will be responsible for oversight and determining if a farmer is shmitta observant or not? If the Rabbanut is responsible, the criteria they set might be in opposition to the criteria important to the Haredi rabbonim
source: Behadrei and Behadrei

while most of these issues look like issues that could be worked out by setting the rules in advance, it does look it will be an unwieldy situation. Something like this should probably be managed privately, with each organization that sets up such funds setting its own criteria by which it wants to operate.

One interesting observation I would make is that according to Rav Kanievsky's opposition, observing shmitta via hetter mechira is not "better than nothing". Meaning, I might say that it is a shame farmer x is not observing shmitta in its entirety, but at least he is doing hetter mechira and not violating shmitta - even if it is not the best way, at least it is something. According to Rav Kanievsky's opposition, that is not the case - he does not consider it better than nothing.









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he says b'ezrat hashem? (video)

from the best show in town.. the Knesset...






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Israelis: Do you agree to the two state solution? (video)







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Breaking the Ramadan Fast in a Synagogue Is the Latest Outreach Trend (video)

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FT Ep.3 - When the NFL meets the IFL in Jerusalem (video)








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Yonina- Adam Shel Chalomot (video)

kol isha






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Jun 19, 2017

Facebook Status of the Day

the original was not embeddable, so I had to take a screenshot..


I gave blood yesterday as well, but I went early and it was mostly empty... but other times they had the blood drive (every three months) I have had the same experience...

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Tcheiles and Halachic Debate

Rabbi Nachum Eisenstein, a close student of Rav Elyashiv, made a big splash a couple of weeks ago when he was a guest rabbi on the Headlines podcast by R' Dovid Lichtenstein.

The topic of the podcast was parnassah and education (entitled "Halachos of Parnassah and the Tuition crisis") and when asked his opinion about the need for more basic "secular" education so the young men will possibly be able to be more successful with earning a living, Rav Eisenstein was, to put it mildly, unimpressed with the arguments and went into a screaming fit when discussing the topic. Rav Eisenstein concluded that most of the kollel yungerleit survive and it is only a small minority that are misfits and unsuccessful who need to resort to shnorring, and the secret  of the great success of the vast majority of the kollel yungerleit is a miracle and we cannot talk about it so as not to ruin the miracle and make it end. No education necessary.

R' Lichtenstein once again turned to Rav Eisenstein as one of the guest rabbis to comment in his latest podcast, this time on the topic of tcheiles.

The first two rabbis consulted spoke very calmly and lucidly about the various issues. One spoke in support of wearing tcheiles nowadays and went through a variety of proofs from chazal and science to support the conclusions that the tcheiles discovered "recently" is the real thing (or at least likely enough that it would be worth wearing). The second rabbi spoke in opposition, mostly based on mesorah, to wearing tcheiles today. It was a very interesting halachic presentation, with both sides presented.

And then he turned to Rav Nachum Eisenstein. Rav Eisenstein, once again, blew up and went into a screaming rage about how those who wear tcheiles are against the gedolim and their opinions are not valid and the gedolim knew all the proofs and still did not wear it and they are mevatel a mitzva of listening to the chachomim and it is connected to going to Har Habayis, and chadash assur min hatorah (new things are prohibited), yadda yadda yadda. No reasonable discussion, for or against, just railing against those who do differently.

Rav Natan Slifkin wrote some comments worth reading on the topic despite his not wearing tcheiles either and in agreement with some points of Rav Eisenstein's opinion, they diverge from rav Eisenstein's rhetoric.

In light of what Harry Maryles wrote about Rabbi Eisenstein after the podcast on parnassah, considering what the Eisenstein boys were like when he knew them way back in yeshiva, listening to him speak on tcheiles was far more understandable. As HM concludes there, "I think he actually does know all of this. Rabbi Eisenstein is not stupid. But he is partisan. And if the official line of the Charedi world is that young people do not need an education, by golly he’s going to be the one to trumpet that the loudest. Once a Kanoi, always a Kanoi. None of this surprises me. That’s how he was as a student back in HTC. When evaluating anyone’s public comments, it helps to know where they are coming from. That is certainly no less true here."

Basically, if he is not willing to have a halachic discussion on a practical question and discuss the issues and opinions, no matter what his conclusion is, his opinion might be entertaining but it isn't worth much beyond that. His opinion might be good when he is trying to figure out how to behave, or for his own talmidim to figure out what to do, but that rhetoric doe snot have a place in halachic discussion. Even if you conclude that tcheiles should not be worn, or whatever the issue might be, the halacha could be, and should be, analyzed thoroughly and not just washed away with saying that so and so did or did not so that's what we have to do.


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Proposed Law: Deducting Terror Money from the PA

MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) has proposed a law that would deduct the amount of money paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families for acts of terror perpetrated against Jews/Israelis from the tax monies that Israel transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

According to Stern, the budget for supporting terrorists, which includes bonuses for killing more Jews and for sitting more time in jail, show the priority given to this in the PA. This is in the law books of the Palestinian Authority, and it does not jibe with a true peace process.

Stern says stopping such payments is not a prerequisite for returning to the negotiating table, but it should be done anyway. The monies deducted will be frozen, not confiscated, and can eventually be given over, though the lives taken in terror can never be returned.

The initial draft of the proposal passed its vote 48-13 in the Knesset and will be prepared for further readings.
source: Kipa

"Adderaba", as we say. Au Contraire. The monies deducted should be confiscated and not returned, because it incentivises terror.

Reading about this law made me think of the Taylor Force Act being worked on in the United States. This is an attempt to promote a law that would, similarly,, freeze all monies given by the USA to the PA as long as the law paying for Palestinians to kill Jews remains on the books in the Palestinian Authority. The attempt to put this into law began after Taylor Force, a US citizen and former US Army office, was stabbed to death in Israel by a Palestinian.

It is incomprehensible that Western countries, in 2017, can be ok with a law promoting the murder of any specific people, let alone Jews.





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The War on Israel's Consumers

A Guest Post by Dr. Harold Goldmeier



The Bank of Israel Prepares for a War on Consumers
I just read a frightful interview Globes conducted and posted to its web site on June 15, 2017, with the Supervisor of Israel’s banks, Hedva Ber.

Supervisor Ber warns consumer debt is rising at too rapid apace and approaching “out of control.” Thus, her office is considering stringent measures to brake consumer borrowing. It sounds like the Supervisor’s office is preparing to declare war on Israel’s already financially strapped and struggling citizens. Household debt (not for mortgages) tops NIS 511 billion. NIS 325 billion is collateralized by equity in houses.

Household debt is caused by too little income to pay for food, clothing, utilities, health insurance, prescriptions, etc.  A Taub Center staff report (February 28, 2016) confirms that, “Israelis feel it in their pocketbooks—living in Israel is expensive. High prices on basic necessities combined with low wages relative to other developed countries lead many Israelis to struggle to make ends meet.”

For example, it is widely reported Israelis pay 48% more for toiletries than consumers abroad; food prices are 25% higher than in Europe; Israeli made chocolate cost more in Israel than in Europe. Salaries of teachers rank at the bottom of 34 other developed countries (worse in terms of purchasing power parity), and less than Mexico’s teachers.


Courtesy THE BLOG on HUFFPOST Tom Ostapchuk Jan 13, 2017

The Missives
Ber warns her Banking Supervision Department will not stand idly by watching debt grow.  “We have reached the point where we have to be careful,” and if these conditions persist, “we’ll intervene. We have many tools, and we won’t hesitate to use them.” Sounds like the language President Trump uses to ISIS and North Korea.

The Shattering Reactions
I won’t speculate how and when the Ber will take action, but there will be severe consequence for the Israeli people.

A credit crunch will

·         Spark consumer credit shock spreading amongst the working poor, unemployed and underemployed. These classes make up the bulk of the borrowing public
·         Loans from banks will dry up and fees for loans will sharply increase
·         Citizens are likely to default on existing loans and mortgages in favor of putting food on the table, buying medicines, and paying expenses for children
·         The numbers of homeless will increases and small businesses go under
·         People will cutback on retail purchases
·         Mortgage defaults will drag down housing prices and undermine bank solvency
·         Monthly interest rates for mortgages are already on the rise tied to a tenacious web of international benchmarks: LIBOR, foreign currency rates and more; concomitantly, people depending on overseas income from work and family watch the dollar and pound exchange rates tumble exacerbating the deterioration the living standard in Israel
·         More Israelis will throw-in-the-towel, and join the approximately 1.5m Israeli Jewish ex-pats (@12% of the population) living overseas
·         Mass aliyah is not going to happen according to the Jewish Agency, and 30% of olim leave Israel within three to six years because of the economic hardships
·         Tighter credit and the US lowering its corporate tax rate to 15% will encourage Israeli companies to relocate with their jobs

Good Intensions Are Not Enough
Let’s hope Ms. Ber and her colleagues don’t initiate actions they threaten that blame the victims for unsustainable consumer credit levels. Let’s urge her to close the flaring income gap between rich and poor that presents more of a threat to Israeli society. 10% of Israeli children already go to bed hungry (14,513 in 2006 compared to 17,677 in 2017), according to Israel National Council for the Child.

Household debtors are not enemies of the State. They are survivors. Ms. Ber, keep that in mind. To quote a famous American, “The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole?”









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new book on the history of the Palestinian people

This is pretty funny. Some guy wrote a book called "A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era".

The book, written by Assaf Voll, is 120 pages long in the original Hebrew, though the edition translated to English has 132 pages, and a translation o German is in the works. The pages of the book are completely blank.

The blurb from the book reads:
This book is the fruit of many years of research, during which thousands of sources have been meticulously reviewed in libraries and archives worldwide. It is no doubt the most comprehensive and extensive review of some 3,000 years of Palestinian history, with emphasis on the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world and to humanity.
The book is being sold on Amazon.

Voll gave an interview about the book to Srugim where he talks about the Palestinians not being an ancient people and the Arabs being experts at creating something from nothing. He says he sent a review copy to Haaretz but they have so far ignored it.

Voll also says a movie based on the books is in the works...

Funny




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Peek A Jew (video)

President Trump & Melania Visit Steve Scalise in the Hospital 6/14/17

it seems there are always religious Jews around when President Trump shows up...




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IDF 6-Day War Tank Battle Yossi Lepper (video)







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Ask the Rabbi: Can a baal teshuva go to a relative's wedding that will have non-kosher food?

why is this question only relevant for a baal teshuva?




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Eli Begun - Haolam Hu Tov (Official Music Video)








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Jun 18, 2017

Kosher Television

Heck - if we can have kosher cellphones to counter the non kosher cellphones, and kosher internet to counter the non kosher internet, why not have kosher television to counter the non kosher television?

Kikar is reporting that Rav Bentzion Mutzafi has come out strongly criticizing the Hidabrut organization. Hidabrut is an organization that works on turning non-religious Jews into baalei teshuva.

It seems that Hidabrut has created some sort of Kosher Television that has access only to certain religious programming, aimed at helping people become religious.

Whatever Rav Mutzafi heard about it, and Hudabrut people say he was fed inaccurate misinformation, he had some very strong words to say against Hidabrut, and not only about the kosher televisions.

Hidabrut says these televisions are not for the Haredi community, but for people in the process of becoming religious who need chizuk and it helps them get rid of their regular televisions.

Kosher television. Soon people will have two, like they carry two cellphones - a kosher television they show everyone on which they can watch Rav Zamir and others, and a non-kosher television on which they can watch everything else without telling anyone. Schools will ask if you have a kosher television, and if you do not, they'll tell you to get one, even if just for show.

The funny thing is, Hidabrut is working to get people to throw out their televisions, as if that is still an issue. With everyone having Internet access, and that potentially being far "worse" than having a television, it is funny that the television still worries them.


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Proposed Law: Removing a Rabbi

Currently, according to the law, a City Rabbi officially appointed continues to serve until the age of 75, with an almost automatic extension given for an additional five years, until the age of 80. Until the rav reaches 75 years of age, there is no way to get rid of him - even if he just lays in bed all day or is corrupt or does nothing productive in his position. It is an appointment until he reaches 75, and there is no way around it.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has pushed a law proposal that will allow a rav to be removed from his post if he is not fulfilling his duties and responsibilities. The authority to do so will be given to the Director of the Chief Rabbinate who will appoint a committee to investigate any such claims, in consultation with the Chief Rabbi or in consultation with the Rabbinic head of the region in which he serves.
source: Kipa

I think it is good to have such an option available for extreme cases (as I am sure most city rabbis work diligently in their positions). My one concern would be that such a law not be used as a way of removing rabbis someone in the Rabbanut disagrees with or disapproves of.




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miscarriage isn't a reason for divorce

Haredim10 has an interesting divorce case that was settled in beis din.

The wife demanded a divorce claiming that her husband is having marital relations with another woman and even has children with her. She claimed the full value of her kesuba, both base and additions, to the tune of 1 million shekels!

the husband claimed he should not have to pay anything, because his wife is unable to have children, thus being defective merchandise, proof being that she has miscarried three times already!

Her advocate argued that miscarriage is not recognized as a valid reason to force a gett with no payment, and with his admission that he is living with another woman, he should be obligated to pay in full.

The beis din decided in favor of the woman, as miscarriage is not considered a defect, and they obligated him to pay the value of the kesuba at 300,000nis.

It does not explain why she claimed 1 million and they decided 300,000nis. The kesuba, if it isn't the general 200zuz, is very specific (generally by sefardim) - did it say 1 million or 300,000? Perhaps they awarded the base kesuba without the additions, or maybe there was some sort of compromise, as is also common in beis din..


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Picture of the Day

from Yaakov Lederman:




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Facebook Status of the Day




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Letter to the Editor of the Day

I am just going to leave this here without comment...




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not all Haredim have a community (video)

interesting report..





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chaotic lines waiting for biometric passports (video)

I just posted about this the other day...





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Fake News Episode 1 (video)






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Synagogues of New Jersey (video)











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Jew in the City Presents "The Sound of Silence" feat. The Maccabeats (video)

http://JewintheCity.com/sabbath Art Garfunkel once summed up The Sound of Silence as "the inability of people to communicate with each other." Jew in the City discovered "the sound of silence" of 2017 and in collaboration with The Maccabeats will show you just how prophetic this nearly 50-year-old song is. 





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Jun 15, 2017

Frum Men, Wonder Woman and Disappearing Woman

Alexandra Fleksher wrote an article in the Cross Currents blog about why her husband will not be going to watch the new Wonder Woman movie (starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot).

Before I comment, and there are a few comments I want to make, I excerpt:
Last Shabbos, Wonder Woman came up quite a lot. Friday night dinner with guests, Shabbos lunch at guests, and at kiddush after davening. Men were the ones who brought it up. My 14 year old son said some classmates are seeing it with their fathers. Our Friday night male guest said it’s not so bad unless you have a problem seeing lots of arm, and it’s better than the last version of Wonder Woman who was wearing even less. My husband’s friend said he really, really wants to see it but is proud of himself for deciding against it.
While I haven’t seen the movie, I have seen the Facebook posts of friends who say, with lots of exclamation points, that it is breathtaking and truly a marvel. Articles I have read applaud Wonder Woman for its revolutionary film-making in that it is extraordinary in its treatment of women. That it depicts not only a woman heroine, but a vision of womankind not limited by society’s expectations and limitations.
Awesome. But my husband won’t be seeing it.
My husband won’t be seeing Wonder Woman because he fights hard every waking day to uphold and protect the Jewish value of modesty. Because he does not want to put himself in a situation where this value would be questioned, weakened and compromised for the sake of entertainment. Because he feels that it is his obligation to be true to the precept of shmiras einayim, guarding his eyes. Not that he is perfect, not that he doesn’t stumble, but he is not prepared to willingly submit himself in a movie theatre to a 25 foot screen with a Jewish woman, nonetheless, exposing body parts that according to Jewish law constitute erva (nakedness).
He is not weak. He is actually quite strong.
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I find it ironic that on one hand, I am steeped in discussions about the strict definitions of modesty adhered to by the publishers of Orthodox publications. Not since the Jewish Observer has woman’s face, or even a girl above a certain age, appeared in the pages of chareidi magazines. In fact, the face of a 14 year old cancer survivor was pixelated in one of the weekly magazines just a few weeks ago. Some defend the policy in the name of tsnius. Others say this policy is business driven, as magazines will lose readership and advertising from the Chassidish population if pictures of women are featured. Yet the erasure of women has all but become the norm in many areas of non-Chassidish life, with Bais Yaakov dinner invitations honoring Mr. and Mrs. but only showing Mr.
On the other hand, I am listening to frum men who daven with a minyan three times a day discussing Wonder Woman around Shabbos tables. Heck, more than her face is showing. A lot more, and in a lot of interesting ways since she is Wonder Woman. What’s the shaila?
Everyone has boundaries as to what he or she deems is acceptable, and what he or she is prepared to do and not do. For some, Wonder Woman is a lot better than other stuff out there, and choosing her over the alternative is a true victory. I don’t presume to know what each person’s struggles are and from where each person is coming.
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After this past Shabbos, I decided that if anyone in this family would consider seeing Wonder Woman, it was going to be me – alone. All the talk of it being both feminist yet feminine is totally up my alley. Then I read that in an act of rebellion against gender mores, mainly the blockbuster imperative to show the lead female in a scene with even less clothing than usual, director Patty Jenkins created a scene with the male lead in even less clothing than usual. For the females, to make a point to the men that they got a scene for themselves this time.
And now, my comments and thoughts:
1. Ms Jenkins does not need to explain why her husband will not watch Wonder Woman. There is no obligation to see the movie, and just because some people watch, and even like, this movie, or any movie, does not mean everyone else must.

2. I don't get her comparison of frum men watching Wonder Woman and then having magazines that do not print images of women. I suspect, and it is only a suspicion, that the men watching Wonder Woman are not behind the ban on printing images of women in magazines. I suspect that these men, among many others, would have no problem with it. It is not contradictory for one man to watch Wonder Woman and another to refuse to print images of women. Despite the fact that both are frum, it is not a contradiction when two different people have two different sets of beliefs and behaviors.

3. I don't care if she or her husband watch Wonder Woman or not. I do find it interesting that nobody at Cross Currents had no problem with her writing about going to movies, any movie, as if it is ok. She says her husband won't go to this specific one, but she might. He might go to others, and she might go to this. That is surprising to me.







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Gemilus Chessed as a way of abusing people

This is shocking.

I will start off by saying, I never before heard of this, but it seems there are some gemach apartments available in some Haredi areas for newlyweds to live temporarily. I do not know details, such as how many such apartments are available, how one qualifies to be able to make use of them, for how long can the newly married couple live in these apartments, and the like. I am trying to find out more about this, but it is irrelevant to the issue.

And now to the report.

It turns out that hidden cameras were discovered in two such gemach apartments in Bnei Braq that were used by newlyweds.

Somehow, the morning after the wedding one of the fathers came to the apartment and while there he somehow discovered the hidden cameras in the wall. He took apart the cameras and says he is filing a report with the police.

After that another gemach apartment was checked and cameras were discovered there as well, by an IT technician.
source: Haredim10

Kindness, gemilus chessed, righteousness, being used to cover up crimes and depravity. The owners of these apartments might have found a new and unique way, but we find the phenomenon often of righteousness and zealousness and over-kindness as a way of taking advantage of people.

Do people really do anything (at least, anything major) just to be nice with no personal benefit? There are definitely some people that do, but nto everybody. Be careful when using a gemach that you are not being taken advantage of.






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Gafni helps Reform build mikvas?

I think the Reform might just be trying to give MK Moshe Gafni(UTJ) some bad press, or just trying to annoy him a bit, but it is still a funny approach. Anyways, anything that is done to annoy Gafni is good, because he is sharp and at his best when he feels under attack and threatened, and when he has a target - which this gives him.

The Reform, under Gilad Kariv, are due to begin construction on the first Reform mikva in Israel.Kariv credits Gafni as being the impetus for the mikva being built, and he says he will invite Gafni to the ceremony and to cut the ribbon. Karic says it was unintentional on Gafni's part, but "מתוך שלא לשמה בא לשמה" and he thanks Gafni for helping them build the Reform institutions in Israel.

How did Gafni help them raise the money to build a mikva?

It seems that last year when the Haredi parties passed the law that all public mikvas in Israel have to operate according to halacha under the authority of the Rabbanut, they basically locked out the Reform from using the mikvas (the intention was for Reform conversions, but it also includes using the mikvas for anything). The law that was passed included a clause delaying implementation for 9 months (enough time to get pregnant and have a baby - ironic that this was the delay for the mikva law).

It turns out that the purpose for this delay was to allow funding, 10 million shekels, to pass through the Prime Minister's Office to the Reform organizations for the purpose of building mikvas, under the guise of  "connections to the Diaspora".

Back then Gafni said he was duped and would turn it into a world war if the money goes through, but then quietly it all went through and nobody made a big deal about it.
source: Actualic

It might be true or it might be a distortion by the Reform of how things went down back then, but either way I am looking forward to seeing Gafni's response to the forthcoming invitation. At worst it will be entertaining.






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Netanyahu Flies to Greece with First Female Haredi Pilot (video)

The end of this video is the interesting part... the first Haredi female pilot... and, by the way, she and her family, and extended family, live in RBS...





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Pedophilia under the cover of religion - Final Episode (video)







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Chat with MK Moshe Gafni at Haaretz Peace Conference (video)

here is Gfni's full talk.. he is always interesting, if not provocative..





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Perks Of Dating A Jewish Girl (video)







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Mordechai Ben David "Tzeakah" Z Report Interview with Yossi Zweig 6/14/17 (video)

In this interview with the undisputed KING of Jewish music Mordechai Ben David, we talk about his newest hit album "Tzeakah" which was released on June 4, 2017. Find out how he picked his songs, why it took so long to release this album and what the King has been up to. 





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Jun 14, 2017

Proposed Law: 911

MKs Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev (UTJ) has proposed a law by which all official emergency services will be accessible by calling one hotline, instead of having separate numbers for each as the situation is now. All emergency service providers included by the appointed member of government (not sure if this will be a minister or a clerk of some sort) in the official list will be included in the access to the number. As well, the phone call will be free with a human responder.

Gafni says he proposed this in the past government as well, but when the government folded and called for new elections, his proposal went away as a casualty of war.

The proposal passed its initial reading by a vote of 54-0 and will be sent to committee to prepare it for voting into law.

The law is being dubbed the "911 law". Ichud Hatzalah in particular is happy about this, as they are hopeful to be included in the list, despite being opposed by MDA for any official status until now.
source: Kol Hai News




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let Deri work

An appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court demanding that Aryeh Deri be removed from his ministries during the ongoing investigation.

While I think Deri should never have been brought back to Shas or given a ministerial position, I think it is wrong to remove him from his post over the investigation. After he is indicted, if he will be, sure, but not just because of an investigation.

Every Monday and Thurrsday we hear about more ministers or MKs being investigated. Nobody would be able to serve if they had to take a leave of absence just because of an investigation. Our prime minister has been under investigation for years. Avigdor Lieberman was as well. Uri Ariel is.  Solmiansky is (though he took a leave of absence) and that's just off the top of my head, and only thinking of current reps.

He should not have been appointed, but once his people voted for him and the prime minister gave him a ministry to run, he should get to hold it until he is either indicted or cannot function in his position.


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Facebook Status of the Day





translation:
MK Moshe Gafni at the Haaretz Conference: "we have a cushion" for Eretz Yisrael - I am talking about Eretz Yisrael within the Green Line - and that is the Tanakh!"
It is Gafni's right, and even obligation to present his political world view and identify with the positions of the left, but his innovations in the realm of Tanakh need to be analyzed. Is the Tanakh just a cushion for the parts of Eretz Yisrael within the Green Line? Maybe it would be worth opening a Tanakh to see that the overwhelming majority of what it talks about of Eretz Yisrael is specifically outside of the Green Line - City of David and Hebron, Shchem and Beit El, Shilo and Bethlehem, and many other cities found in the mountainous regions of Eretz Yisrael. Is the Tanakh not a cushion for the inheritance areas of Benjamin, Yehuda, Ephraim and Menashe?
Without getting into political questions, there is place to wonder whether the failure of MK Gafni is in the learning of Tanakh or in the learning of geography, and when he canceled the core curriculum learning in the Haredi sector, did he perhaps not take it one step too far.



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Yigal Guetta of Shas (video)

Guetta has an interesting background..





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Pedophiles under the cover of religion, Part 2 (video)








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The Day After the War | Six Day War Project (video)





After six days of fighting, Israel had won! But even victory was complicated. In the 11th video of our 12-part mini-series, learn how Israel attempted to achieve peace with its neighbours, and the shocking reply the defeated nations sent back.

Israel had succeeded in pushing back the Arab states that had threatened to destroy it and was now in control of lands it had not dreamed of possessing.




But in addition to land, Israel now controlled hundreds of thousands of Arabs in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Temple Mount.

See all the videos as they are released: http://www.sixdaywarproject.org/

The war was over. A battle for survival had ended with an overwhelming Israeli victory. In just six days, Israel pushed back the Arab armies that threatened its existence, and achieved defensible borders.

In the war, Israel captured Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, also known by the Biblical names Judea and Samaria, which held deep religious meaning. The West Bank was the birthplace of the Jewish people and had maintained a continuous Jewish presence for 3,000 years, until 1948.

This was significant. In 1948, Jordan captured these lands and expelled all Jews from Eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City of Jerusalem, and the West Bank. For 19 years, Jews were not allowed to access the Western Wall or other Jewish holy sites. Israel’s victory meant a reunited Jerusalem and free access to holy sites for all religions.

Along with land, Israel found itself in control of a population it had no intention of governing before the war. Hundreds of thousands of Arab residents were now under Israeli jurisdiction in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel also controlled the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, but also the site of a sacred Muslim mosque and shrine. 

To show its commitment to coexistence, and in an attempt to avoid future violence, Israel made an unprecedented and controversial move: it gave control of the Temple Mount to the Jordanians, just 10 days after the war’s end.

Additionally, after the war, Israel sent an offer to the Arab countries: territory in exchange for peace. But there was no answer – one of many unreciprocated peace overtures made by Israel. 

Three months later, Arab leaders met in Sudan, crafting a resolution known as “the 3 Nos of Khartoum”: “No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel.” Israel’s Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, later stated: “This is the first war in history which has ended with the victors suing for peace and the vanquished calling for unconditional surrender.”

Israelis were dismayed. They hoped that their victory would lead to negotiations in which captured land would be returned in exchange for genuine peace with their neighbors, but they were met with a flat refusal to negotiate.
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