May 24, 2018

Picture of the Day

photo credit: Yissachar Ruas Photography

this is a photo of a brush fire yesterday in RBS that forced residents of nearby streets to be evacuated. The fire destroyed one nursery school and a caravan shul - though the Torahs were saved.

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interviews with Ambassador Freidman (video)








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Israelis: What are the main issues in Israel? (video)







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Yeshivas: A Foundation for Business Success (video)








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Synagogues of Austria (video)






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Meir Green: Race Against Time (video)







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May 23, 2018

cellphone cubbies in shul

now here is a good idea; a proactive and unique solution rather than just complaining..



That picture is from a shul in Elad. The gabbai of this Haredi shul came up with a solution to the global problem of people bringing their cellphones into shul and using them to chat or work or browse and use social media rather than pray and pay attention during lectures. The gabbai spoke to people asking what it would take to get them to stop using their cellphones in shul and after trying other ideas, he came up with this plan - he installed cubbies in the shul, with both locks on each cubby and phone chargers inside each cubby. So now people feel comfortable leaving their phone in a locked cubby and know that it is charging while they are praying or learning rather than draining.

According to Behadrei, so far so good. People are actually using them as intended. I guess the test is over time if people will continue to use them or not. Other shuls should probably adopt a similar solution. Even if it does not solve the issue 100%, it looks like it can decrease dramatically the amount of cellphone usage in shul.




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Jewish Christian party to compete in next elections

The article I am going to reference actually leaves me with more questions and little understanding, but I could find no other articles about this to try to find more information, so for now this will have to do and we'll have to keep our eyes out for future developments..

According to Srugim, despite elections not being on the immediate horizon, a new party has already registered for official status for whenever the next elections will take place. The new political party is called "The Bible Bloc" - Hagush HaTanachi. The party has been approved by the official registrar.

According to the article this party is described as a Jewish-Christian party, led by Avi Dennis Lipkin. Lipkin is a noted speaker among the evangelical crowd in the United States. Their raison d'etre is to defend all those who believe in the Tanach and also to oppose the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel. The party will represent all peoples around the world who advocate for the western Judeo-Christian and democratic culture.

Just as a note, I was not aware of any such threat of ethnic cleansing of anybody in Israel.

The party says they expect to achieve 4 mandates, passing the current minimum threshold. Their  target audience is the hundreds of thousands of Christians in Israel and others defined as "no religion" such as many Russian immigrants and western Christians in Israel.

Lipkin defines himself as -Jewish Evangelist Zionist" and says his number 2 on the list will be a Christian.

As I said, I dont really understand what this party is or what it is representing. Are they promoting Christian values? Jewish values? shared values? Are they missionaries? Jews for J? When they say they are representing people from around the world with certain calues, how does that work?




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Picture of the Day


this picture created a bit of a brouhaha with Ambassador Friedman coming under attack as supporting the rmeoval of the Dome of the Rock and rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash. The organization that presented the picture to Friedman later apologized for causing the stir.

The real apology, though. should have been for superimposing the mikdash backwards, i.e. facing the wrong direction. They have the doors of the mikdash facing west rather than east..

Best reaction was that of MK Ahmed Tibi, who was of course critical of the presentation, but in his criticism he said it is a good thing at least that they did not move the embassy to that location!

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Woman of Valor - Israel's First Female Ambucycle Driver (video)







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Naftali Bennett on the show Hamashpiim (video)







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Jeanine Pirro's exclusive interview with Netanyahu (video)







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Jews of the world sing Hatikva (video)

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Kippalive - Inyan Shel Zman (video)







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May 22, 2018

Haredi MKs protest chilul shabbos for World Cup prep match


Back in February there was a tacit agreement to allow the soccer/football leagues to continue operating on Shabbos, and the necessary approvals and permits were granted.

Despite that, for some reason, the Haredi MKs are now protesting potential chilul shabbos expected to happen this Shabbos as part of the preparations for a Saturday night football match between Israel's National Team and Argentina's National Team. The match will be after Shabbos in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem but security preparations and security for global star Messi will cause chilul shabbos earlier in the day. The match is part of the lead up to the World Cup games.

Haredi MKs are sending their protest letters now and asking Minister Miri Regev to not allow chilul shabbos.
source: Actualic

1. I am not sure what they expect to happen. The game is happening, and security needs to be in place. How can they do this without chilul shabbos? Is the protest just lip service? shouldn't they have worked to prevent this when it was initially scheduled? At least with the Eurovision the issue is being raised well in advance rather than at the last moment..

2. Why are they protesting now when they already agreed to allow the soccer leagues to continue on Shabbos? This itself seems even less than the normal shabbos desecration as this will just be final preparations rather than the athletes playing and the fans driving and participating in the event.

3. Again, why are security preparations done on Shabbos afternoon for the soccer match any different than security reparations done on Shabbos afternoon for Lag b'Omer celebrations which the Haredi MKs consider ok and not protest-worthy?



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MK Glick hosts gett refuser in Knesset

Strangely enough, yesterday MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) invited a fellow to the Knesset that has aroused curiosity, to put it mildly.

The person Glick invited and hosted was Yaron Attias. Attias has the official status of a gett refuser. The beis din in Haifa has recently declared him as such for refusing to give his wife a gett and has also implored the public to impose social and halachic sanctions on him, specifically to avoid him socially, to not let him into shul or give him aliyah to the torah and the like.

Why Glick invited him to the Knesset nobody knows. Many have asked why yet Glick has, so far, refused to explain.

Glick has always danced to his own beat and played to his own tunes. He has always been a bit unique and different. I hope he had a really good reason to invite Attias. I hope he was trying to persuade him to give the gett to his wife. I hope he thought he would have some influence on the situation and he brought Attias to the Knesset in order to facilitate that, but I don't know.

I dont know why else Glick would bring him to the Knesset and what he might otherwise gain from it, so I am willing to wait for an explanation, giving him the benefit of the doubt in the meantime. Glick is normally unique in a good way, taking positions that seem to be right, even if against popular opinion. It does say that one shoudl take care to be clean from public suspicion, so I hope he explains soon and does not remain suspect of going against the beis din orders and supporting a gett refuser.


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don't print the pictures..

This made me laugh.

Haredi websites have posted the request of the 8 new Visznitser rebbes stating that they wish to follow in the ways of their father, the previous Visznitser Rebbe who recently died, and part of that is requesting, demanding, that people not take pictures of them or publish photographs of them.

That itself is not funny, but the Haredi sites that I saw that published this item added to the article the pictures of the rebbes. That's what is funny. And maybe a little sad.

see: Behadrei, Kikar




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Israeli Frenemies- May 17, 2018 (video)







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Israelis: Is Israel a colonialist state? (video)







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this evening with MK Glick (video)







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kupa shel tzedaka (video)







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Ari Goldwag Lo Nafsik Lirkod [Official Video]







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May 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

It is a pleasure to steal from Persians..

  -- Yossi Cohen, Director of The Mossad, when asked about the recent successful operation stealing 100000 documents from Iran plus more and bringing it all back to Israel secretly



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One on One with Alan Dershowitz- May 17, 2018 (video)







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Asking people on the street: What is kosher? (video)







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10 Things NOT to Do in Israel (video)

a couple of weird inclusions here..






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Baruch Hagever/Stand By Me - Rabotai (video)







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May 17, 2018

get your Yaknahaz candles!

This Motzei Shabbos we will get the rare "Yaknahaz" - the havdala during kiddush, because Motzei Shabbos is also the holiday of Shvuos. Yaknahaz is an acronym for the order of the kiddush in such situations - wine, kiddush, candle, havdala and shehechiyanu.

This might be an exciting event for some people, due to the rarity of its occurrence.

Last night I saw the following being sold, for 7nis each:






That is a Yaknahaz candle. The sign that was next to it says that some poskim have a problem with the putting of two candles next to each other for havdala, as has been done by many for many years, and then separating them (though it doesnt say what the problem is) so this candle is a solution for havdala of Yaknahaz.

I am not quite sure how to use it. It comes with the foil cup of a tea light. I guess you do the havdala then put the remaining candle in the foil cup and let it burn out. Being that they used a tea light foil holder, the candle is bigger than the holder and it seems kind of dangerous to me - the candle wont fit in well, it might fall out, etc.

This makes slightly more sense and seems more reasonable than the bowls of salt water they sell for Pesach, the package of ten pieces of bread for bedikas chametz, the roasted egg for the seder plate, but not by much.


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Nikki Haley calls out UN bias on Hamas' Gaza riots (video)






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Hotovely on BBC HardTalk (video)







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Bennett to CNN: we will never even discuss dividing Jerusalem (video)







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Lipa Schmeltzer Graduates With Honors (video)

mazeltov





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Y-Studs - Hineni Kan , feat. Shai Abramson (video)







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May 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

Our problem is that all our leaders are crooks and we the residents  suffer. Hamas steals, Abbas steals, and we are between a rock and a hard place. We cannot overcome them. They are the rulers and they have everything. We the poor residents are disgruntled, hungry. We think you, the Israelis, are merciful, you have mercy on us, you would help us. If it were Bashar Assad he would kill out the entire city and finish the whole thing. We want to live with the Jews.

  -- Sammy Obeid, Gaza resident, talking on Israeli radio (101.5)

I have no idea how common this sentiment it, but it is interesting to hear it expressed. I also wonder if the name he gave is fake, as he might very well be killed for saying this publicly.




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does Hamas pay for fake injuries?

There are a number of videos going around from the Hamas conflict on the Gaza border right now in which you can see that dead people start moving when they can no longer lie still and injured people with bandages and crutches start walking and running just fine.

It makes me wonder.

Considering the recent publication of the price list that Hamas is using to pay people for injuries and death - $3000 to the family of someone who is killed, $500 for a serious injury, $100 or $200 for various light injuries... I wonder if Hamas is paying the people who act dead and injured as if they really are or do thee guys get stiffed letting the world thinking they are dead and injured but Hamas does not pay for that?

Enquiring minds want to know...



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PSA: Mesivta Bet Shemesh Bake Sale

this is a great event, supporting a great local institution..





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Bennett on Galatz: humanism isnt to prevent deaths of the enemy but to defend Israeli citizens (video)

powerful interview





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Israelis: How important is it to combat BDS? (video)







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Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Gaza violence (video)







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Moving Embassies to Jerusalem - why is it so important? (video)







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Hakol Haba From Jerusalem - S2E10 I Live I (video)







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May 15, 2018

Turkey took the money and brought back the crisis


When I first heard the news report that Turkey has recalled its ambassador to, and expelled Israel's ambassador from, Turkey I thought to myself that how could this happen after Israel apologized for the Marmara incident, along with a $20,000,000 compensation payment? All that went to waste after Hamas decides to attack the border and Turkey does not like the way Israel responded, again? What was the point?

Good move, Turkey. Denigrate Israel, making Israel grovel and apologize. Take our money - about 65 million shekels of it. And still keep your diplomatic crisis.

The truth is the two incidents are not related. While I did not like the apology and payment from the start, the fact that it happened does not give Israel immunity from harming Turkey's interests in the future and not having to pay the price for such future incidents.

This could have been foreseen though, that Turkey would one day get upset again.

Regardless, the United States is the world leader. These countries pulling their ambassadors will eventually send them back. It is inevitable. They will not oppose the world leading United States of America for too long at too much cost to themselves. And if not, they will be on the wrong side of history.




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Tweet of the Day

lol... seems slightly brash and inappropriate but I like that it will surely upset some people..







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Quote of the Day

yesterday was such a big day around Israel regarding so many things that it gave so many people so many opportunities to say interesting and provocative things. It was hard to choose a winner, but here is what I picked...


The new embassy is a new settlement outpost, just like the Israeli settlements, and is an assault on our sovereignty, an assault on our established rights

  -- PA President Mahmoud Abbas





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Jerusalem, Israel

The US Embassy move to Jerusalem was so big it covered up another big move that went barely noticed. That is, the United States ceremony included ", Israel" everywhere in the ceremony, against what has been its longstanding policy until now.

Until now the US State Department very vociferously refused to add the , Israel and insisted on leaving Jerusalem naked, with no name of country, as if it were an independent city/state all by itself.

Yet, if you look at the pictures below from the ceremony, Jerusalem, Israel is displayed all over the place and on all the swag and on the wall of the embassy itself.

Will the State Department now be changing all its documentation to read Jerusalem, Israel? they did even mention it directly in their Facebook post..



If they are changing the policy, this could be as major a win for Israel as the embassy move is...










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If the Lubavitch Rebbe can be the Messiah, why can't Jesus? (video)







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Asking Israelis: Are You Happy With US Embassy Move? (video)








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who do Jerusalemites want as mayor? (video)







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Micha Gamerman - Shom Timtzoeihu! A Cappella Music Video (Official Music Video)






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May 14, 2018

Picture of the Day

picture of the day? at least it is dress of the day! That is Miriam Adelson, wife of Sheldon, wearing the dress...




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Inaugural ceremony for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem (video)

in case you haven't seen this yet... it ti s historic event and worth watching, at least parts of.. some great speeches and a moving ceremony, and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the bracha of Shehechiyanu...




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Hamas wants a cease fire?

Military affairs reporterAlon Ben David is reporting on the radio that Hamasi s begging the Israeli government for a cease fire but the government is not answering.

I think someone should let Hamas know that the government of Israel is busy right now at the ceremony for the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and should just leave a message for now. If they want a cease fire they shouldn't wait but should just back away from the border...


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Quote of the Day

This is a great moment for me, for us as a delegation, and for us as a country that has so few reasons to rejoice at the moment. It makes me happy to know that we have given such a reason to rejoice

  -- Neta Barzilai, Israeli Eurovision winner, upon returning to Israel

Neta's success is a reason to rejoice, and everyone is proud of her, but thank God Israel has many reasons to rejoice, especially right now. Especially on the day of the United States embassy move to Jerusalem, with a bunch more countries moving their in the coming days and weeks, with more considering following suit, along with so much more as we live in what might be one of the greatest time periods in Israel's history...


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Minister Litzman protests next years chilul shabbos

more on next year's Eurovision being hosted, presumably, by Israel...

As I wrote yesterday, the chilul shabbos it could cause will be a big concern, and a source of friction.

Should it go on even if it causes massive chilul shabbos or should it be stopped and either sent to a different city or stop Israel from hosting it entirely?

I don't know the answer. This isnt a state affair, so it is not really state money going into it, though there might be some. Not everyone is religious and I hate sticking our religious concerns on other people. On the other hand, it is the Jewish state. It is Jerusalem. Should it be moved to Tel Aviv? I dont see the point. It takes it away from Jerusalem, the king's ante-chamber, so to speak, but chilul shabbos in Tel Aviv is also not good, and the religious/haredi community in general does to use that excuse to allow public transportation in Tel Aviv on Shabbos, for example, so why would this be any better than that?

Minister Litzman has now shot off the first warning saying the massive chilul shabbos it will cause is unacceptable and they will not allow it and doing so would be a breach in the status quo, etc.

While this isn't a holiday, even a quasi holiday, but I do not see why this is any different than when Lag b'Omer comes out on Saturday night. The excuse to not delay given by the Haredi politicians is that there will be no chilul shabbos, as everything is after shabbos and if police choose to be mechalel shabbos during the Shabbos day for the upcoming pikuach nefesh that is on them because they do not have to. We can use the same excuse for the Eurovision. The event is after Shabbos, and if the police need to start securing the area on shabbos it is pikuach nefesh and is on them because they could prepare in advance and after shabbos.

One MK from Hamachane Hatzioni responded saying that they only play the shabbos card when it is convenient, as we see they did not protest the recent Giro D'Italia bicycle race that took place on Shabbos. I am not really sure what that MK wanted to say from that. Does the MK want the Haredi MKs to protest more? What was the personal interest of the Haredi MKs in not protesting? what did they get out of it?

sources: Kikar and Haredim10


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5/12/18 The Torah Hashkafah of Dealing with People with Alternative Lifestyles (audio)







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Judge Jeanine Pirro U.S. Opening Israel Embassy - Street Justice (video)







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"Every Story Has a Beginning" - Nefesh B'Nefesh (video)







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Kobi Grinboim & Yehuda Glili - Hamagid (video)







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May 13, 2018

Eurovision and Israel on Shabbos

Mazel tov to Neta on her success in Eurovision and mazel tov to Israel. This is a tremendous PR victory and hosting the Eurovision next year is a great opportunity as well, in addition to all the money that will be coming in to Israel because of the event, both directly and indirectly.

My biggest concern and caution is what happens next year when we host the event and it causes massive chilul shabbos? How is that ok, no matter how great the event is for Israel? Will it cause a political crisis? Will religious/haredi politicians prevent it from happening or try to? Is there flexibility in the schedule - does it have to be on a Saturday night or can it be moved to Sunday night? Will it be during the "first part" of the Omer, as it often is, causing music problems in Jerusalem, or will it be late in the Omer season?


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no more frock in prison for Rav Metzger

The prison services has reportedly decided to no longer allow the Haredi prisoners in Maasiyahu Prison to have hats and jackets for use in the shul during davening. Rav Metzger personally was disallowed from wearing his frock and homburg in the Torah wing of the prison. Another Harredi prison, a businessman, complained through his family that he was disallowed from wearing a hat and jacket this past Shabbos during the services.

ShABAS - the prison services authority -  responded saying that the rules do not allow prisoners to have hats and jackets in the prisons. Prisoners in the religious wings are allowed to have black pants and white button-down shirts..
source: Actualic

Let them feel like they are in prison, rather than in yeshiva. Make them all wear orange jumpsuits. This is not a halachic issue that they need these things, such as kosher food or time to daven, ability to observe Shabbos, or the like. I don't know why it was allowed until now and suddenly stopped, but it should never have been allowed in the first place.

Why should this fall under an allowance under the category of human dignity while other prisoners have to wear prison garb? If some people say their uniform is important for their dignity, every prisoner should be allowed to wear whatever clothing style he or she wants and prefers and there should be no prison uniform at all.





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Proposed Law: term limits for mayor

MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) is proposing a law that would place term limits on the position of mayor. Gilon's proposal would set a two-term limit, but it isn't a lifetime two term limit. Rather, after 4 years of the mayor being out of office, he has the chance to run for office again. The mayor would just be limited, by this proposal, to two consecutive terms. That would give any given mayor a maximum of 10 years in the mayoral seat, then 4 years later the ex-mayor could run again for office.

Gilon explains his proposal saying that the level of corruption in municipal governments is expanding. The length of a mayors serving in office is a central cause in the amount of corruption of mayors and in the big money "rolling in the streets". Limiting the number of terms would allow supervision and regulation, and in the long term it will bring back faith in the system, which is generally in a decline. Some mistakenly think the position of mayor is a lifetime appointment. Limiting the terms would bring new energy into the system..
source: ActualicKol Hai News

I am, as always, in favor of term limits. If Gilon is worried about corruption and energy and using this as the solution, he should  include in his proposal a limit on the terms of city councilmen as well, not just the mayor.

I doubt it will pass, but we'll see. Maybe if it does it will eventually lead to term limits on the national government as well.






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Quote of the Day

If Eurovision will be in Israel, it will be only in Jerusalem. I will make sur eof that. The State of Israel has a capital - Jerusalem. If they do not want to be hosted in the place we, as the hosting country, want it - then they will not be hosted in Israel. We want to host them with all due honor, pride and joy as each and every hosting country decides where the Eurovision will be, so we too will decide.

  -- Minister Miri Regev

unless the Eurovision people have already told Israel "we wont come to Jerusalem", and there are no reports yet that this has happened, this seems to be jumping the gun a bit, making trouble where none is. They may very well say it, but so far they haven't/ And in the past it has been hosted by Israel in Jerusalem, so I am not sure why we expect it to be more of a problem now...



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Israeli Frenemies- May 11, 2018 (video)






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UnderDos: wedding song 3 (video)







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Rabotai: 70 years independence for Israel (video)







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Shlock Rock and The Maccabeats - Shir Hama'alot (video)

Shlock Rock and the Maccabeats' present "Shir Hama'alot," based on "The Longest Time" originally performed by Billy Joel.

in honor of Yom Yerushalayim..





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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav - Jerusalem of Gold - Listen Up! A Cappella (video)








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May 10, 2018

Quote of the Day

The various desecrations of Shabbos happening in our Holy Land remove the power and merit of the State to be called by the name "Israel". One must pass this message to the heads of the State so that they should know... 
Our merit for our continued existence in the Holy Land is with the unique strength of the Jewish nation, but if we do not protect the minimum - the holy Shabbos that is the foundation of the nation - we are removing the minimal connection to the merit for the existence of the State

  -- Vizshnitzer Rebbe




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Tzohar converts non-kosher branch of Aroma to kosher

The new kashrut organization headed by Tzohar has logged a major victory in its ability to persuade a certain branch of the Aroma chain, located in Tel Aviv, to take on the hechsher becoming kosher, after it has always refused to do so in the past. This branch has remained open on shabbos and it has been serving, until now, both meat and dairy dishes. Obviously, as part of its acceptance of Tzohar kashrus, it will close on Shabbos and holidays and convert to serving only dairy dishes.
source: Kipa

Other businesses have taken on Tzohar's kashrut already, but this specifically is a major victory for Tzohar and for kashrut. Perhaps one could say that, with all the controversy surrounding the opening of the Tzohar kashrut division, perhaps the entire enterprise is worth it even if just for this one location that will now be serving kosher food and remain closed on Shabbos - and hopefully they will have many more like it.

I do not know why this branch of Aroma was willing to convert to kosher for Tzohar but they were not willing to do so for the Rabbanut. I would like to hear what changed. I also wait to see the Rabbanut's response to this announcement.



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Melech gets his uniform (video)






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Am Yisrael Chai - Alliel featuring Moshe Friedman (Live at Olami Summit 2017) (video)







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May 9, 2018

Proposed Law: pregnant women dont need to wait

MK Yosef Jabareen (UAL) has proposed a law that would allow pregnant women to cut to the front of the line when waiting for any public service. Public service is being defined as any service provided by a person to the public by a public authority. The service provider will have the right to ask for a letter from a doctor confirming her status as being pregnant.

The proposal passed its initial vote 42-0 and will be prepared for further readings in Knesset.





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Interesting Psak: no removal of wedding and divorce

An interesting case came before the beis din of Yerushalayim.

A woman already twice divorced came before the beis din complaining about the difficulty she is currently having in finding a new husband. All potential suitors are concerned about her two divorces and don't want to continue the relationship with her. They think of her as a serial divorcer and think she is too big a risk. She says people compare her to a "black widow".

She asked the beis din to wipe out her first wedding and divorce and make it as if that marriage never happened. Then she would be divorced just once previously and that is fairly normal in today's society and would not on its own scare away potential suitors.

Why would they wipe out the first marriage?

She claims that the first marriage was a complete mistake - even to the level of mekach taus.  She says that before she got married to her first husband she was unaware of his disturbed mental state. She claims she was deceived by him so the marriage should not have been valid at all.

After looking into her claims, the beis din decided that she knew enough about his mental state before marrying him and had even written about it. And even if she had been deceived and the marriage was a mistake, you cannot just wipe it away as if it did not happen.

So, the beis din, headed by Rav Aberjil, decided they would not erase her first marriage, but they would write her a note as part of her psak saying that there is nothing preventing anyone from marrying a woman who has been divorced multiple times.
source: Haredim10, Kipa

I hope it helps her find comfort, but it seems to me that their note would only help reassure people that there is nothing wrong from a halachic, perhaps even kabbalistic, perspective. They still might say she is divorced twice and perhaps she is too much trouble to invest in.. I hope she finds her match and finds happiness, but it seems there is nothing the beis din can do to help her with that - she has to do that on her own.




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Bennet: if Iran and Syria attack, they will be destroyed (video)







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Trump Pulls U.S. Out of 'Disastrous' Iran Nuclear Deal, Imposes 'Powerful' Sanctions (video)


Donald Trump:


Netanyahu:



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expose: the "Holyland" of Bet Shemesh (video)

some details of the case..





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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at Ceremony Marking 70 Years of the IDF (video)







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Eurovision Israel Entry Toy (video)

Eurovision has begun. Israel's entry, "Toy" by Neta, has advanced to the finals... Here is her performance from last night, followed by two parodies
(kol isha warning)




Yeshiva Boy


a yiddish parodycalled "Goy"



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May 8, 2018

Proposed Law: ticketing cars in private lots

MK Michael Malkieli (Shas) proposed a law that would allow the police to ticket cars in private parking lots for parking in ways that block other cars.

Until now, you finish shopping at the mall and go to your car but you can't get in the car or pull the car out because a car parked in front of you or so close to your car that you cant open the doors, or similar. When this happens you would have to call the police who would try to locate the owner of the car and persuade the owner to move the car, freeing up yours for egress.

According to Malkieli's proposal, police would be allowed to enter private parking lots, such as those in shopping malls, hospitals, apartment or office buildings, and the like, and ticket cars parked improperly. The Finance Committee of the Knesset will work out with the police the rate of fines for such situations.

The proposal just passed its final readings in the Knesset by a vote of 45-0.
source: Ynet

finally. they should include ticketing cars that are parked in two spots or at bad angles, and especially cars that are parked in the driving lanes (usually because the driver was too lazy to park in an empty spot 20 meters away).








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the kashrus problem with "breded" chicken

Every few years we get another "shooting in the tank" type of attack on the kashrus of chickens. By "shooting in the tank" type of attack I mean some big rav comes along and says the chickens shechted by this or that, or all of them, major kashrus organization cannot be relied.

In the latest version of this we have the Amshinover Rebbe saying to avoid eating chicken and people should eat turkey instead.

The Amshinover Rebbe did not give details of the problem is with the chickens, but his warning seems to be based on concerns he has with the breeding methods in use, and he is disturbed that the suppliers he spoke with refuse to allow him to inspect the breeding process - it seems he has information that the regular chickens are being bred with other chickens about which we do not have a kashrus tradition. When asked how serious the issue is, the Rebbe responded that if he had to choose between eating chicken and between the issue of eating gebrokts on Pesach, he would eat gebrokts on pesach (with hataras nedarim) rather than eat chicken in the current situation.

"Gebrokts or chicken" sounds pretty serious.

When asked about a shidduch in which the suitor eats chicken, the Rebbe said to break the shidduch or convince the young man to commit to not eating chicken any longer and that he is switching to eating turkey.
source: Behadrei

I am not a big fan of turkey, not including shawarma, so if I had to switch I would need to switch to meat rather than turkey.

I do find it ironic that the problem with chickens is the mixing with chickens that have no tradition so the solution is to switch to turkey, that technically has no kashrus tradition either, even though uit has become accepted by almost all kosher-eating communities...




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Interesting Psak: nose rings and chukas hagoyim

Rav Aviner was asked if one is allowed to wear a nose ring. Assuming it is problematic, why is it any different than an earring? Some religious women wear them, though not Haredi women and not Dati women with yirat shamayim, and Eliezer gave Rivka a nose ring... so what's the deal?

Rav Aviner responded nose rings are prohibited due to the rule of "chukas hagoyim" - imitation of non-jewish practices. He explains that not everything goyim do turns that thing into chukas hagoyim. There are rules. One rule of chukas hagoyim is supplied by the Maharik who says that something that is immodest that is attracting, such as red clothing, is chukas hagoyim. If it is immodest, it is prohibited anyway, but if it is something the goyim do, then it is also  the additional prohibition of chukas hagoyim. Rivka wearing a nose ring is no proof of anything because at the time it was commonly worn.

Rav Moshe Feinstein quotes the Maharik in regards to prohibiting the wearing of clothes in a haughty way - meaning, clothes that make an impression, that attract, that the wearer wants people to see and notice. As the Orchos Tzaddikim says that wearing attracting clothing is a form of "gaiva" - haughtiness.

Rav Chaim of Tzanz that someone wearing both modest and immodest clothing is transgressing a negative prohibition and deserves lashes, even if the intention is not to appear like the non-Jews, even if one can tell from the clothing that she is Jewish and only one item is similar to that of the non-Jews, it points to a lack of modesty.

The rule is, Rav Aviner says, a woman does not need to try to look beautiful in public. Beauty is for her husband, and her desires should be to serve God.
source: Srugim

The concluding rule does not seem to fit with the rest of his explanation. In his explanation he talks about what qualifies as chukas hagoyim, and in his concluding rule he makes a comment on women looking pretty in public. One has nothing to do with the other. A woman can look pretty or attractive in public without transgressing chukas hagoyim, and without transgressing rules of modesty. A woman can look ugly (is that the opposite of pretty?) and still transgress chukas hagoyim.

One might say that nose rings have become common enough, among Jewish women, that it is more similar to Rivka's days of it being common and therefore acceptable, than a problem of chukas hagoyim. Maybe the first women to wear them were dabbling in something problematic, but once it becomes common among Jewish women it would no longer be considered chukas hagoyim.






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Facebook Status of the Day

huh? can anybody explain why this is a thing?






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Behind The Smoke Screen (video)








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arrested with 11kg of cocaine in his tefillin bag (video)






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Tech and Orthodox Jewish Women with Adina Miles, a.k.a. Flatbush Girl & an RGB Bio (video)







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Synagogues of Australia (video)







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Hanan Ben Ari: Good Night Sean (video)





and the background to the song..




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May 7, 2018

The Magia Lee generation is upset about parking tickets

In Israel a sense of entitlement is known as "Magia Lee" - מגיע לי - I deserve it. I have it coming to me.

Despite the public being told to not drive their own cars to the north to get to Meron on Lag b'Omer but rather to rely on public transportation, many did anyway. Obviously they could not get into Meron or the surrounding parking lots, as those were all closed off to private cars and being used for buses and transport vehicles. Instead, many went to nearby Tzfat, found parking and walked or took a bus or hitched a ride or whatever to Meron.

The problem is that some/many of these people who parked their cars in Tzfat on their way to Meron parked in no parking zones, thinking that because of the holiday it would be ok and the city would not fine them. The city did publicize that it would not enforce paid parking during the Lag b'Omer celebrations.

Many people returned to their illegally parked cars after the celebrations only to discover a nice hefty parking ticket (250-500nis) waiting on the windshield.

And now they are livid, saying the City of Tzfat is anti-Haredi (as, after all, during the klezmer festival they do not do this) and they are looking into suing the city. The city's responseis that as they publicized they did not enforce paid parking and parking in "blue and white" spots was free. Illegal parking in no parking zones, "red and white" spots, parking on sidewalks and in bus zones, is what people got ticketed for.
source: Actualic

People parking illegally can be annoying and sometimes dangerous. Like any other law, if someone wants to take the risk of getting caught and fined or punished with whatever punishment is deserving, they can do whatever they want and then not complain when they get caught - pony up the price, and maybe it was worth it or maybe not. To do something illegal and then complain when getting caught is a symptom of the Magia Lee generation. Here they are saying I wanted to celebrate, needed to park so I have the right to park wherever I want and you do not have the right to tell me I cannot park there.







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Picture of the Day

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat hanging the sign...




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Women - know your place


This is a notice inviting the residents of the specific building to a general meeting of the residents to discuss issues and transfer responsibility of collecting dues to someone else.


this made me laugh, and cringe.. for those of you that need a translation, it informs of the meeting details and then says the meeting is also open to women. The men will sit in the living room and the women will sit in the kitchen. Women can send their comments/suggestions/proposals either via a note or via their husbands.

Women are invited, but they must know their place. Sit in the kitchen and don't talk.


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